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General Forum / Re: Incinerating toilet
« Last post by DaveOrr on Today at 05:33:41 PM »
The one I'm looking at has a catalytic converter to help get rid of those fumes.  ;)
Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Last post by Medeek on Today at 05:50:33 AM »
Tutorial 10 - Posts (14:24 min.)

Round or Greek/Roman columns would also be a nice addition to this module but I'm not entirely sure on the construction or geometry of them.  They typically have a gradual taper and then the top (capital) always has some interesting geometry (Doric, Ionic, Corinthian):

If I can figure out the math and right proportions for these types of columns then I can probably add them to the module with minimal effort.
Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Last post by Medeek on Yesterday at 08:05:16 AM »
Version 1.3.2b - 04.02.2020
- Added an indexing parameter for posts to the General tab of the global settings.
- Added the built-in materials (red brick) for post wrap and wainscot and (concrete) for post ledges.
- Added labels and callouts for all post types.

I've also switched to the new .rbe encryption method for the plugin which effectively prevents it from running on SketchUp 2015 or earlier.  I was more than content to stick with the .rbs encryption method but the SketchUp extension signing page has removed this encryption method and only the .rbe method is currently offered.
Owner-Builder Projects / Re: North Arkansas 20x24 A-Frame
« Last post by Don_P on Yesterday at 06:42:39 AM »
Conventional construction is conventional for a reason, it generally offers the most bang for the buck while respecting good engineering practices. Platform framing is pretty simple, adaptable and strong. A very common stock truss is the 24' wide 4/12 Fink type they make for fast, easy, cost effective roof construction. A 24' wide building with a center row of piers and girder within a crawlspace foundation can be spanned by 2x8's, another cost effective size. IMO that building width is where stairways begin to work well within the interior layout if you need a second floor, you may well not need to think "up" if the size of that A frame was adequate.

It might be worthwhile to look at interior floorplans and sketch out what you think would work well and throw that out to the group here for comments/modifications and then back into the structural aspects from there. What I see all to often is someone will find a plan and "buy into" it and when they post it one look shows that it was designed by someone who really was not qualified or knowledgeable in how things should be built. At that point they are really seeking confirmation on their choice and folks that do know how to build are thinking and saying NOooo! It is not particularly hard to build well but it seems that there are more ways to try to cut corners that will inevitably come back to haunt someone than I had ever imagined prior to the internet.
Owner-Builder Projects / Re: North Arkansas 20x24 A-Frame
« Last post by tsmith09 on Yesterday at 03:49:26 AM »
Thank you both for the advice. We appreciate it. It does confirm what we were thinking and we will look for more modern building plans and strategies. We will let you all know what we find and come up with. 
Owner-Builder Projects / Re: North Arkansas 20x24 A-Frame
« Last post by Don_P on Yesterday at 03:19:33 AM »
Fabricating EXACT duplicate frames and then dragging them into place, tipping them up and bracing them is something that also needs to be thought through. I've seen and been involved with failure to think through just about every aspect along that path  :D

That said this is another tilt up rigid frame from that period. This is from an APA publication from 1962, now out of print but I do have Dad's design manual. It can be built with sloping or vertical walls but does enclose more useable space per footprint area, sorta the predecessor of Socket Systems, and actually better structurally.

Owner-Builder Projects / Re: North Arkansas 20x24 A-Frame
« Last post by MountainDon on March 31, 2020, 12:58:32 PM »
What Don_P said.

I cannot imagine placing 18 piers, with angled tops at precisely the correct position and spacing and tilt. 

Plus, 2x6's don't provide sufficient space for insulation. Back when that was drawn it was common to have little to no insulation, not good for today, even for part-time recreational use.

Most of AR has a shallow frost depth. A roto-tiller can be used to loosen the dirt and then use a square nosed shovel to remove the dirt and form the footing trench. That way the rebar reinforced footing is a monolith, much stronger than 18 separate piers that can and will move independently.

Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Last post by Medeek on March 31, 2020, 11:12:03 AM »
Version 1.3.2 - 03.31.2020
- Added the ability to draw and edit free standing columns with the Beams/Column Toolset.

View model here:
Owner-Builder Projects / Re: North Arkansas 20x24 A-Frame
« Last post by Don_P on March 31, 2020, 07:32:25 AM »
I'm sure others will post with the downsides of an A frame, those are real. The useable width of that 20' wide is about 14'.

I'll speak to the foundation. That is insane!  :D
18 piers 4' oc of those dimensions, exposing the rafter tails requiring treated and special connections at each pier... 1963, I didn't know they were smoking crack back then.
It will be cheaper, faster and stronger to pour a continuous footing under the main floor footprint and build a block crawlspace. Install a 2x8 treated mudsill, install joists with ends cut at the roof angle and then erect the rafters from the mudsill. No exposed framing so no need for treated other than the mudsill, no special connections, everything will stay in plane, with those piers if you do happen to get it right at installation, it will likely not remain so over time, all of that soil line is disturbed.
Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Last post by Medeek on March 31, 2020, 05:27:17 AM »
First look at some posts created with the Post module:

The basic module is up and running I just need to spend a few more hours on the advanced options (ie. wrap, wainscot, base, cap and astragal) and then this module will be a welcome addition to the plugin.

View model here:
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