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#1 Steve and Carla Farnam

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 11:39 AM

I am searching for reliable structural software. Anyone have experience with Woodworks, http://woodworks-sof...com/us-edition/.

Other software suggestions for residential calculations?  Thanks, Steve



#2 Philip Frank

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Posted 17 January 2021 - 11:07 AM

I have been using BeamChek for almost 20 years. It's easy to use and affordable.


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#3 Brian Berzinskis

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Posted 01 February 2021 - 08:35 AM

I second the use of BeamChek for all my steel and flitch beams.

 

I use TrusJoist Forte for wood members and their engineered products.


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#4 Harlon Suttle

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Posted 11 February 2021 - 08:28 PM

I third the motion on BeamChek....I get things done in the DD phase, and if it is a complex job, a set of DD's is off to a structural engineer...vey cheap insurance.....plus I get comments back telling where and why an assumption I made needs some tweeking....

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#5 Gary Wicklund

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Posted 13 February 2021 - 10:01 AM

Why do it it in the first place?

 

if it’s not in the code span tables for simple spans is off to the p.eng

 

all engineered products. Lvl,  jsi joists are referred to the supplier p.eng, he can make sure there’s no roof point loads etc, once he gets the truss info

 

i don’t even spec posts under girders.

 

too busy to be doing the p.eng work.  Lol


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#6 Steve and Carla Farnam

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Posted 13 February 2021 - 10:24 AM

Thanks for all the input. I have opted to stay with StruCalc. I use this as I design just for my own peace of mind,

ie; will an 18" beam at the top of the stairs give proper head room etc. I do not call out or claim to provide any

engineering to clients and I can send the plans to Structural Engineer or the client or their contractor can. 95%

of the buildings we design are constructed in non permitted/non inspected areas and we suggest engineering

but the ultimate decision is up to the homeowner and their builder/contractor.


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#7 Steve and Carla Farnam

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Posted 15 February 2021 - 10:22 AM

 Link for peace of mind structural calculations. N/C Calcs

 

https://www.bccalc.c...gin?ReturnUrl=/


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