Attention to detail

Attention to detail

So why all the emphasis on precision production drawings?

Over my lifetime I have found many instances where some plans where really great, from a creative design point of view, but left the framer and builder to figure things out on site.

Some of the things that become jobsite headaches are:

- Walls being drawn to include sheetrock, or not, at 4” wide.  Plans used for framing should deal with the material that is being used at the framing stage.  2X4s are 3 ½” wide in plan view, and 2x6s are 5 ½”.

- Bathrooms dimensioned to be 5’ wide exactly (face of stud to face of stud).  Tubs are 5’ long.  After the walls are sheetrocked you’re left trying to install a 5’ tub into a 4’-11” space.  Framers typically fudge whichever wall seems less important a bit to make the bathroom a bit wider, just so the tub will fit correctly.

- Stairway sections that show a Finished floor elevation difference of 10’-0” for example when the materials actually add up to a different value, thus negating the riser and sometimes the tread numbers provided.  In the above example, a 9’ wall plus a 1’ floor system actually adds up this way.

    - 3 plates @ 1 ½” each = 4 ½”

    - 1 precut 9’ stud = 8’-8 ⅝”

    - 12” TJI joists = 11 ⅞”

    - ¾” subfloor = ¾”

This all adds up 10’-1 ¾” not 10’.

These kinds of approximations show up all over and in some instances can cause headaches and delays when they affect something else.

- Stick-framed roof systems.  Some roofs are very complicated.  Let Para-CAD simplify them for you.

On many occaisions, I have personally spent 4-6 hours in an evening, drawing and then laminating roof cut-plans.  Then the following day, I would hand-cut the entire roof, before the crew was ready for them.  Everything fit and if it didn’t, it would be a tell, indicating that something was out of square or incorrectly located with regards to the walls.

This kind of precision requires a high level of competence by all involved.  Starting with the foundation.  It has to be built according to the plans.  Good framers DO NOT modify framing to match a poorly or incorrectly made foundation.  Then, the framers have to also build to the plans.  The plans are the approved controlling documents for the project, if people start to stray from adhering to them, bigger issues can arise down the road.

Para-CAD creates real-world production drawings to help you be more successful by being more accurate.

Just some thoughts on the topic.  That’s all for now from Kitsap county.


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