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Mud Math: Figuring Concrete Volume with SketchUp

Mud Math: Figuring Concrete Volume with SketchUp

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When figuring concrete for bidding or pouring it's important to get a reliable volume amount. Use SketchUp to do your "mud math" for confident results when you call for that big white truck...

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How to Calculate Rafters for Intersecting Roof Planes the Easy Way

How to Calculate Rafters for Intersecting Roof Planes the Easy Way

Using SketchUp as a visual calculator can simplify rafter layout for intersecting roof planes. While common rafter layout is fairly quick and straightforward using a framing square and construction calculator watch this video to see how easy it is to layout a non-typical rafter.

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Locate Your Building on a Plot Plan with SketchUp

Locate Your Building on a Plot Plan with SketchUp

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With the challenges of setbacks, easements, drainage planning, and other code compliance issues, it's important to get the location for a structure properly on the lot. Google's free 3-D modeling software has some features that make drawing a plot plan a snap.

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Simplify Rafter-Pattern-Layout Math with Google SketchUp

Simplify Rafter-Pattern-Layout Math with Google SketchUp

SketchUp can be a useful option for layout and planning for cutting rafters. Check out this process for doing the math and see if it fits into your "bag-o-tricks" for carpentry or design projects.

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Smart Phone Apps for Builders: Velux Skylight Planner

Smart Phone Apps for Builders: Velux Skylight Planner

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Clients love skylights. Now you can show them what one would look like in their living room.

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Smart Phone Apps for Builders: Photo Measures

Smart Phone Apps for Builders: Photo Measures

A app that overlays manual measurements over photos.

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Smart Phone Apps for Builders: GasBuddy

Smart Phone Apps for Builders: GasBuddy

A good app for the contractor who drives a lot and is looking to save few bucks.

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Smart Phone Apps for Builders: Cost vs Value

Smart Phone Apps for Builders: Cost vs Value

A unique app that shows baseline pricing based on project type, level of finish, and region.

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Smart Phone Apps for Builders: iConfirm

Smart Phone Apps for Builders: iConfirm

Paperless and real-time change orders. iConfirm showcases a business process of the future, making it usable today.

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Smart Phone Apps for Builders: Home Depot

Smart Phone Apps for Builders: Home Depot

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A surprisingly robust application, complements of a big box store

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