Wall Plugin for SketchUp

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Version 2.4.5 - 10.19.2021
- Added a "Stud Ply" parameter to the Walls tab of the global settings.
- Enabled double and triple ply studs for rectangular walls.]





**!!! WARNING !!!**
This update will require that the user delete and recreate their wall presets for rectangular walls.  This update does not affect other wall presets or door and window presets.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer

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Version 2.4.6 - 10.22.2021
- Added two additional advanced options for in-wall columns: Top Plt. Cut, Btm Plt. Cut.
- Added two additional parameters into the Columns tab of the global settings.
- Fixed a critical bug with the wall copy tool that was created with the prior update.
- Added error checking code into the rectangular wall edit menu for sheathing, cladding, and gypsum materials.
- Added error checking code into the window edit menu for the shutter material.



With the in-wall columns I've also changed the draw and edit tool so that the columns can be drawn at the end of the walls, there is no longer the one-stud limitation, not even sure why I added that in originally.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer


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Version 2.4.7 - 10.24.2021
- Fixed a bug with shed walls for the following end configurations: Inside Corner, Inset Inside Corner.



This fix should resolve the issues we were seeing with the shed wall.  I probably missed these bug(s) initially because the inside corner with a shed wall is not very common and sometimes I don't test every possible permutation even though I should. 

I may need to go back into the gable and hip wall modules and test them a bit further.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer

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Version 2.4.7b - 10.25.2021
- Added the following additional Wide Flange (W) beams to the beam module: W10X22, W10X26, W10X30, W10X33, W10X39, W10X45, W12X26, W12X30, W12X35, W12X40.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer

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Version 2.4.8 - 10.30.2021
- Added an end cripples option for all window types.



I will probably also need to add in this option for doors and garage doors.

!!! WARNING !!!
This update will require deleting and recreating any window presets.  This update will not affect any other preset types (ie. wall, door, garage door etc...)
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer


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Version 2.4.9 - 10.31.2021
- Added an end cripples option for all man doors.
- Added an end cripples option for all garage doors.
- Fixed a bug with exterior trim for arched garage doors when the "trim union" option is enabled.





!!! WARNING !!!
This update will require deleting and recreating any door and garage door presets. This update will not affect any other preset types (ie. wall, window etc...)
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer

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Version 2.5.0 - 11.06.2021
- Added a rainscreen option for rectangular walls (vertical furring strips).



!!! WARNING !!!
This update will require deleting and recreating any rectangular wall presets. This update will not affect any other preset types (ie. gable wall, shed wall, hip wall, door, window etc...)

This feature has been requested multiple times lately so I thought I might try and get a rudimentary rainscreen feature put together.  Note that the current rainscreen module is fairly simple and does not trim around openings.  If you want the furring strips to line up with the studs you can set the offset value to 1/2 of the stud spacing (or any other value for a different alignment).

I consider this feature more representational at this point but please give me additional feedback with regards to future improvements or additional options/requirements.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer

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Version 2.5.1 - 11.14.2021
- Added a horizontal rainscreen option for rectangular walls (horizontal furring/girt boards).
- Added an option for top and bottom furring/girt boards for horizontal rainscreens.



If you set the top or bottom sizes to "zero - 0.0" then it will eliminate that respective option.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer

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Version 2.5.2 - 11.15.2021
- Fixed a bug with exterior trim (corners) for shed walls.
- Fixed a bug with rectangular wall presets.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer


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Version 2.5.3 - 11.23.2021
- Added a Custom Column Library/Manager in the Columns tab of the Global Settings.
- Enabled custom sizes for Sawn Lumber, Timber and SCL(PSL,LSL,LVL) columns.
- Created the Medeek Wall API: wall_regen
- Enabled an additional wall justification option for all wall types: Sheathing.





*Note:  Just a reminder that the Alt key is the hotkey for toggling the wall justification.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer

Medeek

Note: To call the wall_regen method:
Medeek_Engineering_Inc_Extensions::MedeekWallPlugin::Wall::MedeekMethods.wall_regen entity
where the entity is the Medeek wall group.

The column update required modifying at least 10 files and took about five days of concerted effort, some of it quite tedious and I will say boring, but yeah, it is always worth it. Basically an entire rewrite of the in-wall column module, a lot of the code under the hood was reviewed and updated to bring it up to speed with the highly efficient beam module. Now all of the menus are HTML as well.

The addition of the API took all of 15 minutes to add.

The wall justification was only about another 1.5 hours of work.

Mostly it was me deciding whether it would muddy the waters too much to go from three options to four (front, center back → front, center, back, sheathing). You will notice that when you use the draw wall tool now it will show a small text near the wall length dimension letting you know which justification mode that you are in. The placement and the size of this specific text may yet require some fine tuning, I want that information to be available to the user but I don't want it to be so obtrusive that it is annoyingly so. Feedback required...
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer

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Version 2.5.4 - 11.26.2021
- Improved the organization of the HTML draw and edit menus for rectangular walls.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer

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Version 2.5.5 - 11.27.2021
- Updated the SSW draw menu with an HTML menu.

Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer

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Version 2.5.6 - 12.05.2021
- Added a "Posts" tab into the Global Settings.
- Added a Custom Post Library/Manager in the Posts tab of the Global Settings.
- Enabled custom sizes for Sawn Lumber, Timber and SCL(PSL,LSL,LVL) posts.



This should complete the custom libraries for beams, headers, column and posts.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer


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Tutorial 24 - Custom Libraries (17:49 min.)

https://youtu.be/FFLdHyq2cnY

A brief introduction and explanation of the custom header, beam, column and post libraries within the global settings.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer

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Version 2.5.7 - 12.10.2021

- Enabled opening and closing of single hung and slider windows.



From a design and rendering standpoint I'm not really sure how useful this feature is but it stands to reason that if you can open the doors and garage doors you should also be able to open the windows.

I have not enabled this feature yet for casement style windows.

This feature was added per customer request.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer

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Version 2.5.7b - 12.10.2021
- Enabled opening and closing of casement windows.

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Designer, Programmer and Engineer

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Version 2.5.8 - 12.11.2021
- Added awning, fixed-awning and awning-fixed windows to the window module.
- Enabled opening and closing for all awning type windows.



The size ratio of the fixed to awning windows are 3:1. I currently don't have a way to customize this size ratio but I will be giving it some additional thought.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer

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Version 2.5.9 - 12.12.2021
- Fixed a minor bug in the shearwall draw and edit menus.
- Enabled shearwall panel and fastener callouts/labels.



This additional annotation can be toggled on and off with the Framing Callout option in the General tab of the Global Settings.  Eventually I will probably setup a separate callout option in the Shearwall tab of the Global Settings so control can be a bit more granular.

The bug in the menus was a simple typo with the nail size (10d).
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer

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Version 2.6.0 - 12.18.2021
- Converted the wall preset system to a Hash data structure.
- Wall presets are common to all wall configurations: Rectangular, Gable, Shed and Hip.
- The draw and edit menus for all wall configurations have been combined into a single, unified system.
- Walls can be converted between any configuration within the wall edit menu (ie. Gable -> Hip).

With some trepidation I release this update.  Some very serious under-the-hood stuff is what this update is all about.  I modified over 25 files with this latest upgrade and even after a full day of testing it is still impossible to for me to say whether I might have broken something inadvertently. Only time and more testing will determine if further bug fixes might be in store.

!!!! CAUTION !!!!
Before moving to this latest version of the plugin you will want to first delete all of your Rectangular Wall Presets.  The new system is not compatible with prior wall presets (wall presets only).  Also all of your wall presets stored for Gable, Shed or Hip walls will simply be ignored with this update since wall presets are now shared among all wall configurations.

The really good news is that one can convert walls from gable to rectangular and any other combination and back again.  The plugin just got a lot more flexible and powerful.

The even better news is that if I do add more features to the walls the new preset system should allow for backwards compatibility, which means we no longer have to keep deleting and recreating wall presets when new features are added.

You will also notice that you can now create all wall configurations in polyline mode and switch back and forth between wall configurations as you are wrapping around the exterior of the structure.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer


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Version 2.6.0b - 12.18.2021
- Updated the Wall Copy Tool to include gable, shed and hips wall types.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer

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Version 2.6.0c - 12.19.2021
- Fixed a bug with the Wall Copy Tool.

This addresses a bug wherein you cannot sample the properties of a non-rectangular wall with the Wall Copy Tool.

!!! Attention !!!
Recommended update if you just installed 2.6.0 or 2.6.0b.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer

Medeek

So I've decided to enable another option/parameter so that the standard window callout can be replaced by any custom label or text the user wants to display:



If you leave this option blank then the plugin will automatically display the standard callout.  If you enter in any text/numbers etc... it will then replace the standard callout with whatever is specified here.

This parameter will not be saved with the window preset however I may change that depending on feedback.

I will enable this same feature for doors and garage doors and then release it.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer

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Version 2.6.1 - 12.21.2021
- Added a Custom Label option for Windows, Doors and Garage doors.

Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer

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Version 2.6.2 - 12.21.2021
- Added fixed - twin awning and twin awning - fixed windows to the window module.



Two more window types per customer request.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.
Designer, Programmer and Engineer