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* August 04, 2009, 12:31:41 PM
I've been a carpenter for 40 yrs. and have some background in mechanical drawing. But I need some pointers for drawing blueprints on turbocad. I know where every stud goes, but drawing might take longer than actual construction.
I am building a free standing, 22'x24' garage.
Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

Scott Swager


* August 04, 2009, 07:14:26 PM
Well, for starters...

Pointer #1: Don't draw each individual stud. Your design will have a fairly small number of unique stud configurations, most of which will be used numerous times in the building (e.g., 1.5" x 3.5" x 96", with square ends). Draw each configuration just once, format it as a Block (see the Help file), and place copies of that Block where needed. 

Pointer #2: Use the Linear Copy tool to place a whole wall of identical studs (previously formatted as a Block) all at once.

Henry H


* August 05, 2009, 08:55:15 AM
Thanks so very much.  I did wireframe each stud.  I knew there was a simple way. The learning curve may be long, but well worth it.
btw/I'm using v14 deluxe of TurboCad



* August 13, 2009, 11:55:46 AM
I could still use a little clarification.  How to use linear copy tool.



* August 13, 2009, 03:25:29 PM
re: How to use Linear Copy tool.

Mouseover the tool and hit F1. The Help file should explain it fairly well. I usually leave my cursor out of the drawing area and just Tab over and enter the distance between each copy and how many copies.  16" or 24" would be the X or Y step.

John R.

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* August 13, 2009, 06:35:57 PM
There's also Rubber Stamp for irregular spacings.  Best to place the selection point to a convenient location, say a corner of the stud, by selecting the stud and pressing "d", then cursor in to proximity of the corner and press "v" for vertex, the selection point will be put down on the corner vertex.  Right click and check Rubber Stamp.  Assuming you've laid out your spacings, you can use snaps or SEKEs to place Stamp copies on them.