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printman

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10-06-2010 02:53 AM

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I am reaching out to the most knowledgeable group I can think of for some desperate help. I am between jobs and need some side work. Wood is my passion and it seems I can get some Deck jobs if I can show these people I can produce a product they will love. I am looking for some design software that will not only design in detail including all aspects of building a deck (Creative too) but will help with estimating and code. Does anyone know of some reasonable product out there?

-- St. Louis - just a cut away from finishing!


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#1 posted 10-06-2010 04:53 AM

I think at our at local Menard’s Borg you can use their software (they have a special “computer” in our store) and print it out, I’ve used it to estimate materials to put up my chain link fence. If you don’t have a Menard’s try any of the local building centers and Borgs – Home Depot, Lowe’s, others that may be in your area.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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printman

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#2 posted 10-06-2010 05:21 AM

I have been to HD and Lowes and their software does not have 3-D view. I need for this customer to see a picture because they have no vision and want to see my design before signing off. I did a small test with sketch-up and gave up too quickly perhaps.

-- St. Louis - just a cut away from finishing!

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#3 posted 10-15-2010 05:00 PM

I have a suggestion for you: go to twocows get a shareware program that matches your needs, design your deck quickly, and add the price of the software into your bid, and pay for it (programmers eat too).

-- chas -- looking for Serta sponsorship to go Pro...

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#4 posted 10-25-2010 05:54 AM

hey I wrote a comment on QCAD—(~$55) easy to learn, easy to use, good helps list. BUT only 2D so you can’t render a 3D deck…

-- chas -- looking for Serta sponsorship to go Pro...

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#5 posted 10-31-2010 11:13 PM

You should also post this in homerefurbers

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#6 posted 10-31-2010 11:19 PM

Reasonably Priced and 3D don’t go together.

There are programs that specifically do what you want but I can’t seem to find one at the moment. Lots of help I am…

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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printman

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#7 posted 11-01-2010 12:00 AM

For some clients 2 D drawings just are not enough. A design would be a lot easier to sell as a picture of your house and the purposed project together.

-- St. Louis - just a cut away from finishing!

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#8 posted 11-01-2010 12:21 AM

Give SkectchUp a look. A decent, free pakage that you can download a CutList plugin for.

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#9 posted 11-02-2010 11:41 PM

i used to work at Menards. Their computer for designing decks prints off a 3D image plus all measurements for joists/beams/etc. It is really a great program, and you can use it for free, and get a print out for a materials list. However, these prints are not “to code.” They are engineered to work, but you’ll still need to make sure they are up to code through the city.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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