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Old 12-16-2013, 01:31 AM   #1
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Frustrated!


I have been trying to use this google sketchup to put my double tank stand measurements in and I mean I been trying to understand this stuff seriously ALL day and its night now and I still haven't got it....smh.....I started a diy journal not long ago but I seem to not get much help so I guess I am just venting...

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Old 12-16-2013, 01:33 AM   #2
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Haha I understand autocad more than I do google sketch up

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Old 12-16-2013, 01:38 AM   #3
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I only used gs because it was recommended but evidently I lack something to still be trying HOURS later...grhhh I' trying not to give up
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Old 12-16-2013, 01:56 AM   #4
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It is very frustrating. Better off getting out the isometric graph paper

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Old 12-16-2013, 02:09 AM   #5
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It is very frustrating. Better off getting out the isometric graph paper

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Ty for that advice...I am printing some sheets of it now.....
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:14 PM   #6
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If you're still struggling with SketchUp (and you haven't already tried this) get the Engineering Toolbox plugin and use its Lumber function. It lets you add boards using standard lumber sizes from a relatively easy plugin interface.

http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/3d...ox-d_1725.html
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:21 PM   #7
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take a break. if you're frustrated or exhausted and have been spending hours trying to figure it out. let it go for a night or two and come back fresh.

same thing in programming. once you get worn out or spend too much time on a problem, the best thing is to walk away and get in a good nights sleep
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:31 PM   #8
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In 32 years on a job, I finally found one guy who thought taking a break was good! We were doing around the clock after a fire and just could not get the act together. This guy took us all out for coffee for about thirty minutes and we came back and finished almost immediately. When in panic mode, stop to think!
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In 32 years on a job, I finally found one guy who thought taking a break was good! We were doing around the clock after a fire and just could not get the act together. This guy took us all out for coffee for about thirty minutes and we came back and finished almost immediately. When in panic mode, stop to think!
people are their own worst enemy. if you're doing a mentally challenging task you need to give yourself a break. otherwise it just turns into a frustration spiral and negative thoughts.
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I totally agree, take a break. Sometimes our brains just need to reboot.
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:50 AM   #11
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I'm pretty sure it took me about ten hours of trial and error before I really discovered how to use LibreDraw, (from Libreoffice.org) but it is extremely useful. It is certainly no google sketchup, but for making basic shapes and whatnot, it gets the job done.

I still prefer graph paper though. Salmon McCloud pointed you in the right direction.
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Another fan of graph paper here. Usually I do a side, top, and front view.

I also sometimes make little cut-outs out of the graph paper if I'm trying different positions or arrangements.
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:24 AM   #13
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That's actually one of the steps in interior design. It's called the "cutout plan" for obvious reasons. It's easier on your spine to move a paper couch fifteen times around a paper living room, rather than the full weight alternative.
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