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General Forum / Re: Planning a cordwood house???
« Last post by Ernest T. Bass on Yesterday at 05:11:21 PM »
I'm actually the oldest of the little kids, though most of us aren't so little anymore... :)
Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Last post by Medeek on Yesterday at 10:49:57 AM »
I've now enabled the "Install Mode" parameter which allows the user to use the "Builtin" window generator/plugin or use one of their own pre-configured windows stored within the "library" sub-folder of the plugin:

Notice that the insertion point can be specified as well as locating within the wall depth by two parameters: 

1.) Window Location:  ON SHEATHING or ON FRAMING, this parameter will offset the location of the window within the wall by the sheathing thickness automatically or place it inline with the wall framing.

2.)  The window location within the wall can be further modified/customized by adjusting the outset with either a positive or negative value.

One thing to note is that the framed opening has no idea what the dimensions of the window or door are, the user must provided the correct width and height for the installed window.  Also note that callout at the base of the wall does not include any specifics on the window installed when in library mode since it does not know whether the window is a picture, single hung, casement etc...

Since this particular library file already has the proper trim and casing as part of the component I have turned off these advanced features for this opening.  If it did not I could alternatively enable both the trim and/or casing within the plugin even though the plugin is not actually drawing the window itself (it is bringing in a third party component instead).

The plugin will automatically populate the library dropdown with any valid SketchUp files found within the sub-folder "library/windows/".

I am now working on the door modules to extend this functionality for doors.

I am also interested in working with other plugin authors so that I can establish an API which will allow the wall plugin to talk to their window/door plugin and automatically pass parameters back and forth so that opening location and size can properly sync with a third party plugin. 

You might also notice that there are two dots shown on the top plate at each end of the wall in this model.  This gives the user indication that holdowns are installed in this wall panel at these locations. In 2D mode these indicators will also be shown even though no hardware is drawn.
General Forum / Re: Planning a cordwood house???
« Last post by Don_P on Yesterday at 02:13:37 AM »
The pitter patter of little feet  :D a full house. Although your kids must be growing up fast. We're just a couple of old farts bouncing around the house at night.
Plans Support / Re: 20x30 Single Story Expandable to 20x60?
« Last post by johnboy on May 19, 2018, 05:24:35 PM »
The golden mean (approximately equal to a 1:1.61 ratio) will generally produce a pleasing relationship of width to length. That ratio usually gives a nice balance between being too wide or being too long. And you can probably get inexpensive trusses designed to carry your loads. Try playing with floor plans that use something close to that ratio. 
General Forum / Re: Planning a cordwood house???
« Last post by Ernest T. Bass on May 19, 2018, 05:27:33 AM »
Good to hear from you Andrew, LOL you got the pitter patter all around you, I have more hours of selfish play. Hmm interesting on your aspen experience, actually shortly after this thread went quiet I was in a cordwood/post and beam cabin in TN, very nice. Stone foundation, sawmill lumber and timbers, just about everything from right there. Built by a couple of boys using hand tools as a homeschool project.

Sounds pretty neat--I'd take cedar any day if it was abundantly available, but Aspen is what we were handed and so far has held up. (Now if you leave the bark on, let it get wet or stick it in the ground it'll be rotten all the way through by the end of the summer.)

I don't get the pitter patter?
General Forum / Re: California Dreamin'
« Last post by MushCreek on May 19, 2018, 01:10:34 AM »
I'm in upstate SC. Fairly even 4 season climate (but humid). Regulations are pretty lax outside of the city limits. Not really an off-grid type of area, though. We needed to be near a city (Greenville) for work opportunities, but at 15 miles out of town, we are quiet and private. There's lots of cheap rural land in the southeast. We got out of the hot, crowded Florida rat-race, and couldn't be happier! I agree though that you should try an area out before committing to buy, if at all possible. No place is perfect, and what's no big deal for me might drive you crazy, and vice versa.

In the southeast, altitude makes all of the difference in climate. Charleston SC is nearly like FL, we are decidedly 4 season, by the time you get up to Boone, NC, it's pretty snowy. Just driving from our place at 1100' to 4000' in the mountains, it's a 3-4 week difference in the spring.
Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Last post by Medeek on May 19, 2018, 12:17:18 AM »
Straps, holdowns, anchor bolts, threaded rod and couple nuts are now part of the plugin.  More details on that later.  At some point the engineering module will be able to do the entire lateral calcs on a structure with the click of a button and input of a few site criteria parameters.  The idea is to fully automate the engineering of a residential structure, engineers shouldn't have to work this hard.

Tomorrow I will wrap up the global settings and we will release the plugin for beta testing.

I still have quite a bit more stability testing to make sure I have missed any glaring errors but I'm sure the beta testers will help sniff out a lot of those issues.
General Forum / Re: California Dreamin'
« Last post by investfdc on May 18, 2018, 02:52:15 PM »
I left the old country (Sacramento) at seventeen when my dad did pretty much the same thing as you are planning, and hauled us all to Alaska.  If you aren't interested in solar then Alaska may interest you.  But there's a lot of things about the state that may disinterest you.

The advice most folks get when they say they want to relocate to Alaska is to try it out for a while first and see if it fits.  Rent rather than buy, until you're sure that it's where you want to re-plant your roots.  This advice seems apt for any place that's on your short list.  Pick the place, but don't fully commit until you've tried it for a year.

That page you linked to is interesting, but I'd suggest disregarding the overall rankings and focus on ones that will have a direct and immediate impact on your new life.  One thing that caught my eye was the Cable category.  My state has great broadband service where 90% of the people live, but if you get far outside the metropolitan areas then things fall off a cliff.  I suspect much of the rural lower 48 have the same dichotomy, just perhaps not as pronounced.  For me, I think I'd still want access to a decently fat data pipe, so this category would rank high for me.

The grow season is a deal breaker for Alaska, I wouldn't know where to start with regard to food security...
General Forum / Re: California Dreamin'
« Last post by investfdc on May 18, 2018, 02:47:27 PM »
I was going to say something similar to Dave. There is a bigger difference between rural to city than rural state to rural state. The regulations and taxes in rural California and NYS will not be so different than New Hampshire or Oklahoma. If you want to live in the south west for lifestyle reasons, you should not choose New Hampshire because of the regulations.

It is definitely a good idea to start with building a storage structure for learning. I thought the Larry Haun framing videos were amazing.

Thanks for the Larry Haun tip, will research that. I am trying to get out of the desert if I can, I would feel better about having access to ground water but love the solar panel benefit.
General Forum / Re: California Dreamin'
« Last post by investfdc on May 18, 2018, 02:16:41 PM »
Thank you all for your input, some very good advice!! The ease of getting water is one of the more senior criteria in addition to land use freedom and taxes. I looked at the St. John through Flagg Staff region and I am not confident that aquifer is going to last, let alone successfully drill down to it. I have a brother near Atlanta, GA and other family in Texas and am looking at Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama for cost of living and regulatory freedom.
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