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Referral Links / Re: Medeek Electrical Plugin
« Last post by Medeek on October 18, 2020, 12:49:06 PM »
Similar to the estimator found in the Wall plugin the user will be able to select "All" or a selection of assemblies to run the estimator on:



The non-Medeek wall and roof assemblies will also be selectable since the Electrical plugin also works with non-Medeek walls, roofs etc...

I don't feel like it is necessary to break the listings into the assemblies they are part of however I will include a column in each table which lists the main assembly the electrical component is found in, this should prove useful to some.

There are a lot of little details with regards to different electrical components (ie. outlets, switches, panels etc...)  Each type of electrical component has unique characteristics, all of this data needs to be output by the Electrical Estimator, it will probably take me a few days to assemble this new module.

Once it is complete it will make this plugin a much more useful tool.

P.S. I think it would be also quite useful at some point to incorporate a price database that works with the estimating module.  This separate database would be referenced to determine the price, vendor etc... for a given electrical component.  Additionally, the list of materials could then be conveniently broken into separate purchase orders for each vendor.  I'm probably getting a bit ahead of myself here but with the ability to program just about anything with the API and the Ruby back end its conceivable that one could generate PO's that could then easily be imported into Quickbooks or any other accounting software.  I've done a bit of Quickbooks API programming in the past where I integrated my own customer billing system and expense database with the software, its really not that hard to do.

When I ran my web hosting company back in the early 2000's I got really sick of having to manually enter in customer orders and business expenses into Quickbooks, the problem was my billing system and Quickbooks (my accounting system) were completely two different ecosystems.  I would usually have to devote one entire day out of the month for this tedious task.  I finally got smart one day and decided it would be really nice if I could somehow automate this process.  After about two days of programming I had fully automated the manual entry problem and set it up as Chron job that would run nightly, it would even shoot me out an automatic email every morning letting me know how the process went and if there were any issues.

"Laziness is the mother of invention"
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General Forum / Re: buying land
« Last post by archimedes on October 18, 2020, 09:46:59 AM »
2 feet of fill should mean shallow trench. You would absolutely want to talk to an engineer before signing to buy. My experience with realtors was not good, the best of them seem to lie by omission.

Here's the NYS design guide for septic. It is worth a quick read to understand what is/should be going on. I believe section 9.12 is the shallow trench system. Chapter 4 is really good info to have in mind too.

https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/wastewater_treatment_systems/docs/design_handbook.pdf


I wish I had spent more time learning about soil & excavation before my build. Although it is such a huge undertaking, it's easy to say that now.

That is interesting to hear the market is really moving. There is a big long driveway going in down the hill from me.. looks $$$ in an area without a whole lot of it.

Thanks for that septic link, that was really helpful.  I feel like we're getting closer to a solution (with the liberal application of cash).  But it is going to be challenging with only two feet of permeable soil and no elevation change to the property.

I agree with you about excavation.  It's a big part of the project and easy to over look.  An aspect that I didn't think about was drain tile.  Since we have little elevation change to the property I'm not sure how we're going to install drain tile to daylight if we put in a basement.

Nathan, I know you did a raise slab foundation.  Did you need to install a drain system for that?
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Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Last post by Medeek on October 17, 2020, 01:25:00 PM »
Version 1.6.9 - 10.17.2020
- Added the ability to create custom "Board and Batten" wall cladding materials within the Material Library.
- Enabled "3D" Board and Batten wall cladding for all wall types: Rectangular, Gable, Shed and Hip.



For the plugin to recognize the wall cladding material as a "board and batten" material is must be in this format:

battens_{decimal value}_{decimal value}_{decimal_value}

The three values are:  batten spacing, batten width, batten depth respectively.

There should be no white spaces inserted into the name, only the underscore character in three places as shown.
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Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Last post by Medeek on October 17, 2020, 09:44:05 AM »
Texture vs. 3D Battens:



Personally I prefer the texture myself, lower poly and it looks just as good or better than the real deal.
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Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Last post by Medeek on October 17, 2020, 09:24:07 AM »
Some more screenshots of battens:







*Notice the format of the batten material and its three numeric values within the name of the material.
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General Forum / Re: Steel is currently cheaper than engineered lumber
« Last post by 1201 on October 16, 2020, 09:40:13 PM »
Adam, I think covid definitely has a lot to do with it.lumber futures jumped almost 3x from April price. But it is coming down now.

Half inch plywood was almost $40 a sheet three weeks ago, now 5/8 is about 30 if bought in bulk

Don p.im super jealous you have your own mill?

Akwoodchuck - ouch indeed.

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General Forum / Re: Steel is currently cheaper than engineered lumber
« Last post by 1201 on October 16, 2020, 09:36:17 PM »
Holy crap. I just looked up my invoice from 2016

1-3/4X11-7/8X36' MICRO LAM $190.44 each

In my case I needed more than 500ft of the stuff. Ouch
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Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Last post by Medeek on October 16, 2020, 08:25:51 PM »
First look at a 3D batten cladding on rectangular walls:



View model here:

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/5e43daf3-c604-49b7-82d6-95dfbc76563c/Batten-Test-1
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Referral Links / Re: Medeek Electrical Plugin
« Last post by Medeek on October 16, 2020, 12:29:48 PM »
Version 1.2.2 - 10.16.2020
- Added a "2d Symbols Only" parameter into the General tab of the Global Settings.
- Enabled the "2d Symbols Only" mode for the following electrical elements: Outlets, Switches.





Yet another update per customer requests.  A number of users only want to use the plugin to show the 2D electrical symbols rather than drawing the 3D electrical components (and the symbols).  (Technically one could achieve pretty much the same result by turning off the electrical rough and finish layers.) 

The new 2D symbols only mode will allow this mode wherein only the 2D symbols are drawn.  Note, that I have only enabled this feature for outlets and switches thus far and I will need to extend that functionality to all other electrical elements (ie. fans, data outlets, floor outlets, panels etc...)

The nice thing about this bimodal system is that all of the regular data is being stored for each electrical component in the model (attribute library) so one can switch between modes mid-stream without any problems if necessary.
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General Forum / Re: Steel is currently cheaper than engineered lumber
« Last post by akwoodchuck on October 16, 2020, 07:39:36 AM »
Picked up 60 ground contact rated 2x6x16s yesterday to frame my basement, $36 apiece....ouchy youchy....
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