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Your Favorite Building Calculators

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Hey All:

I'm assembling a list of links to useful online building calculators. Do you all have any recommendations or favorites that you use, or would use if you had the need?

If so, post a link to this thread.

Thanks in advance,
Matt Berger

my head & experience (post #182081, reply #1 of 16)

my head & experience

Various energy (post #182081, reply #6 of 16)

Various energy calulators/software are avaialable at http://www.energycodes.gov/

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Lots of them in the internet. (post #182081, reply #2 of 16)

Lots of them in the internet. Personally, I carry a Construction Master Pro with me ...

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Vancouver, Canada

 

I haven't been around for (post #182081, reply #8 of 16)

I haven't been around for awhile but I've been meaning to ask you, is that guy in the oldbreaktime in your posts the same guy from one of Luogo's masks?
Have a good day
Maybe see you on the other side
Cliffy

Crown moulding angle (post #182081, reply #3 of 16)

Thanks a lot! I'll add these (post #182081, reply #4 of 16)

Thanks a lot! I'll add these first thing today. Our new calculator will be featured in the eLetter later today. I'll post a link when it's up.

- Matt

I don't know if it's any good (post #182081, reply #5 of 16)

I don't know if it's any good - but Home Depot/superbuild has/have an estimater for contractors: http://www.superbuild.com/productoverview.aspx?partner=homedepot

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A long time BT poster (well, (post #182081, reply #7 of 16)

A long time BT poster (well, maybe not any more LOL) has a Site with a plethora of calculating features:

http://www.josephfusco.org/Calculators/Calculators.html

www.tvwsolar.com

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Chapel Hill, NC

 

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I don't use building (post #182081, reply #9 of 16)

I don't use building calculators. I use my experience from past jobs to estimate materials...

Calculator of sort- The Corbel Wizard (post #182081, reply #10 of 16)

My 4-person shop designs and manufactures wood countertop corbels and brackets.  We have a high school whiz kid, Tyler Johnson, come in on the weekends.  He created this "Wizard' to help my customers answer the question, "Will I bump my knees on your countertop corbels?"  This tool has received rave reviews from countertop installers and cabinetmakers.  Perhaps you may want to use it.

Tyler Morris

http://www.tylermorriswoodworking.com/pages/corbel-wizard

Latest, Greatest (post #182081, reply #11 of 16)

A great list of online calculators is being created on this thread! 

I'll add that it's really hard to beat the versatility of Google's SketchUp for all sorts of calculations.  Have you read the SketchUp article in the May 2010 issue #210 of FHB?  There's a detailed explanation of why I think so.  To me it is a universal building calculator that I can "program" for any application necessary.  I'd be glad to help out if you encounter a particular calculation problem and can't find a solution.


Matt Jackson

Matt Jackson

The Digital Jobsite blog at finehomebuilding.com

aka The Timber Tailor

DOE's ResCheck for heat loss (post #182081, reply #12 of 16)

DOE's ResCheck for heat loss calculations vs. code -http://www.energycodes.gov/rescheck/   free download.  Or, you can just use it on the web without download -  http://energycode.pnl.gov/REScheckWeb/

Ya might wanna try over at (post #182081, reply #13 of 16)

Ya might wanna try over at JLC or Contractor Talk...lol

Try these online (post #182081, reply #14 of 16)

Try these online calculators:

http://www.blocklayer.com

http://www.visualtrig.com

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Building-Cost.net (post #182081, reply #15 of 16)

Uh, Nate, I think you're (post #182081, reply #16 of 16)

Uh, Nate, I think you're making a commercial post.  These aren't appreciated hereabouts.


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