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Owner-Builder Projects / Re: Vermont 10 x 16 Shed With Loft
« Last post by rich2Vermont on October 22, 2020, 02:53:24 AM »
Hi archimedes- yes, this thread has been around for a long time. I haven't much to add to it these days. We've been busy settling in at our new (to us), forever home, about 45 minutes from the cabin, and I still don't get over there as often as I'd like. I'm still hoping to build a treehouse there, hopefully next year.

The foundation is what it is. I think I've mentioned in the past that it's the big mistake on that build. I simply caved to my inner cheapskate and undersized (at least) the posts. Regardless, it's held up well, while settling a bit. You can see that the house is a bit lower than the outside deck, by about an inch or so over 5 feet. At least it settled evenly, as it's still level inside, walls still plumb. One post for the back (exposed) deck needs to come out as it heaves every year. But I'd have to take apart the entire section, and I simply haven't had the time.

I've considered spending the big bucks to have someone come in and replace the posts with a proper foundation. However, it's not a priority, given the world as it is these days.
Owner-Builder Projects / Re: 20x30 in NE Wisconsin
« Last post by Nate R on October 21, 2020, 01:56:11 PM »
10/2: Got a good portion of the roof sheathing on. The warped plywood panels made it tough to get them into place! A challenge I didn't anticipate when I was forced to go with plywood vs OSB. I struggled a bit with warped sheets on both the sheathing and the roofing.

Referral Links / Re: Medeek Electrical Plugin
« Last post by Medeek on October 21, 2020, 07:54:23 AM »
In the example shown below I've color coded my network cables based on whether they service the first or second floor of the building.  The red cable is the designated switch-to-switch or router-switch cabling:

Note that the totals allows me to determine my cable amounts for each floor.  I'm also able to determine that each cable run does not exceed a max. length.

View model here:

Once I created all of my cable paths I dropped them onto a separate layer so I could easily hide them (and keep them around for future use if needed) once my wires were created.
Referral Links / Re: Medeek Electrical Plugin
« Last post by Medeek on October 20, 2020, 02:54:22 PM »
Version 1.2.3 - 10.20.2020
- Created the initial framework of the Medeek Electrical Estimating Module.
- Added wiring to the Medeek Electrical Estimator.
- Added the ability to export data from the Medeek Electrical Estimator in CSV format.

I also need to figure out what sort of CSI numbering to assign electrical components.
Owner-Builder Projects / Re: 20x30 in NE Wisconsin
« Last post by Nate R on October 20, 2020, 02:39:57 PM »
10/1: To make things faster, I paid the truss manuf to make ladder sets for the overhangs for me. I think it was worth the $150 or so I paid over the cost of raw materials.

So on 10/1, got those ladder sets installed, cut some and shimmed some rafter tails, and installed subfascia. I also added a "subfascia" to the rakes, as the overhang was a tad shorter than I'd ordered.

Owner-Builder Projects / Re: Vermont 10 x 16 Shed With Loft
« Last post by archimedes on October 20, 2020, 12:15:51 PM »
I know this is kind of an old thread, but I was wondering how your foundation has held up in those cold Vermont winters.  Any issues?
Referral Links / Re: Medeek Electrical Plugin
« Last post by Medeek on October 20, 2020, 11:43:47 AM »
First look at the CSV output (imported into Excel) for the Electrical Estimator:

*Note, the additional formatting (column spacing, bold, underline) is done in Excel after the import.

Also note that I have the total lengths tallied for each wire type.
General Forum / Re: Steel is currently cheaper than engineered lumber
« Last post by Don_P on October 20, 2020, 08:52:27 AM »
1201,  ;D yeah, I've got one and access to 4 more, wood addicts tend to find one another. 3 of us contributed to one house last year.
If prices don't fall, and if your inspectors allow, it might be worth finding a local mill. A bunch of guys are sawing for construction in this price blip right now, crazy times.
General Forum / Re: buying land
« Last post by NathanS on October 18, 2020, 04:29:44 PM »
I did put in a foundation drain to daylight since it cost next to nothing and the trenches were already there. If it ever got clogged I don't think I'd know it. If you put in a basement you will be below the seasonal water table, so you'll have to pump the water out. I personally would not put a basement in anything that couldn't be drained by gravity, unless you're building on very well drained soil like a gravel wash or sand bank.

When we dug our foundation in April, we hit a seasonal spring in the deepest corner. I would say in a normal year from late Nov- mid April there is usually water coming out of that line.. actually makes the field pretty wet in that area.

Also just want to say I can commiserate with how difficult it is to find land.
Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Last post by Medeek on October 18, 2020, 01:03:07 PM »
Another view of board and battens:

Just over five years into programming these plugins, I released the first version of the Truss plugin Oct. 7, 2015.

The further I go it seems like I just keep coming up with more things "todo".  I really need to take myself and clone me about five times and then set each clone at developing the various plugins, maybe then I might get somewhere with all of this.
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