there are some freeware and some
available for purchase.
Also there is a caldding company called Cultured Stone that produce a
thing called STONECAD which as a load for free. but you have to
register to download. or they can send you a CD
Nothing I hate more in CAD plots than some clumsy hatching, except maybe the
"Look Ma, I drew this entire set of drawings with one lineweight!" school of
I actually rework the brick hatch patterns for specific jobs, and use
associative hatch to size/space thinks like windows etc. like a dynamic
somebody tell me I am not stepping on to many toes, and I'll put my
acad.pat file where you can get it.
I cut and pasted stonecad hatch patterns into it back when they were
free. see? don't want to get into some one else's pocket book. people
need to be paid - but when I got it it was free. great stone patterns.
also, Michael, I reworked the brick hatch that comes with atuocad for
45, 30 and 60 degree patterns. yours look nicer than autocad out of the
box, but it's pretty simple trig to adjust.
and we like things to look right, don't we?
that and LATTICE was fun to write.....
I modify and write simple hatch patterns and paste them into my acad.pat
they accumulate, these are the additions I remember.
have an octoganal roof hatch that was a BEAR to get right too.
when I go to the trouble of drawing an eight sided tower, I want the
shingles to LOOK RIGHT. (damn it)
anyway, what is mine I would happily share. the stone, I liberated
whilst it was yet without cost......
and my code is simple, like me. the stonecad stuff is VERY MANY LINES OF
CODE. somebody did a great deal of work at some point.
(much laughter on this end - I've seen a few of those too)
I am considered anal rentive for STARTING my brick hatching on a corner
of a wall. I even change from wall to wall......
you probably charge much more appropriately than I do. I work for poor
people with considerable frequency.....
but I don't follow your associative hatch application. unless you mean
you adjust your actual window locations to make your brickwork come out
if that is the case, I take my hat off to you for your godlike power
over the bricklayer. I have trouble getting contractors to just read the
plans well enough to use an energy rim......
My hatches are generally designed to start at the lower left corner of a
facade/roof, and you probably know that you get that to happen by changing
the origin for before hatching.
I work for all kinds, and probably could get away with doing less for the
same fee, but take some pride in my drawings.
That's exactly it. If you spec custom window and door sizes, you can tailor
them to the coursing using associative hatch. Another use is for modeling
masonry masses at the design stage. You can slide the lines up and down
until it looks right, and lines up with a course. (I don't get to do much of
that, to tell the truth, but did it recently on my Uxbridge project. There I
also used it to find top of steel numbers for masonry supports.)
In this case it's not the bricklayers you have to worry about. If you give
them a set of numbers that makes sense to them (=easy to use), I generally
find no problem in getting the to use them. (They are motivated.) The
trouble is in getting the general, and the concrete and steel trades to take
the numbers seriously, as the bricklayer has to generally work on top of
what those other trades leave behind.
What's an energy rim?
my paper on the wall says "engineer"
my wife is a housing designer (residential)
energy rim is a term they taught her at UMC
it's a 2x4 that sits on top of the ceiling joists.
some contractors build with this method all the time.
others need to be "encouraged". her plans are based on using it.
she told me it's called an "energy" rim because it sets the roof enough
higher that there is room for insulation near the wall in the attic
space with "standard" stick frame construction. roof joists on a 2x4 on
2x6 ceiling joists add 7" they can blow insualtion into.
(I prefer trusses myself)
she may be mistaken, or I may be misrepresenting what she did say.
I wrote a LISP routine that draws a mini section based on the corner of
that 2x4, the roof pitch and the overhang distance - to get (draw) the
elevation of the facia. then I forgot most of the process and became a
dumb cad operator. I can be bad about that.
I see your point about the masons. I could wish plumbers had similar
physical contraints. :)
Never heard of it. It's "on edge" sitting on top of ceiling joists? Here
they typically squish the roof insulation as it approaches the perimeter and
use a 'baffle' to maintain clearance for roof space ventilation from the
Plumbers do seem to get the "final edit", don't they?
she lays flat - the 4 in 2x4 being horizontal.
you get most of the increase from the height of the ceiling joist.
our framers standing a 2x4 on edge and setting rafters on that would
make me nervous.....
do they use batt insulation? I really prefer the blown in stuff, for
lots of reasons. one being "squished" insulation is kind of like no
when they try to use a baffle here, assuming similar methods, they tend
to be rather, er, inconsistent...
yes - thank God for a good finish carpenter when you find one.