Tip of the Week – Common Scaled Layouts

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
Can I print my layout in a commonly used scale?

Yes! – Layouts can be printed off in a “ruler-scalable” format for more convenient use in the field by framers and installers.

How to create a layout in a common scale:
Step 1. In the Projects “Framing Layouts” tab, select the layout paper size. For this…

Tip of the Week – Area Volume (AVM)

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
I need to estimate an area in cubic yards for a concrete slab. Is there a way to do that?

Area Volume (AVM) is used when the estimator needs to determine the cubic yards, or volume needed to cover a square footage area. An example of such use would be a garage slab. 


Tip of the Week – Creating Usage Notes

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
Can you create a note for a specific set of products within your material list and have a reference to that note show in your report on the same line?

While performing a takeoff you notice that the structural pages call for TJI floor joists while the architectural pages call for 2×10. You…

Tip of the Week – Creating a Report Note

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
How can I create a note and have it show in my report?
When performing a take-off, an estimator will invariably run into situations that are not made clear by the blueprints. The key, when faced with this situation, is to communicate clearly to the customer what decision was made. One of the ways…

Tip of the Week – Dockable Windows

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
What are Dockable Windows and how will they help?
Dockable Windows are windows that the user can relocate to other areas on the same screen or move to an additional screen should the user have multiple monitors. This process can increase the usable drawing area within the digitizer window and allows a user to…

Tip of the Week – Rename and Remove Custom Products

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
Have you created a custom product that you would like to rename or completely remove from your master template file?
In previous software versions, deletion or renaming of a custom product was not an option. Therefore if a custom product had been created in the base template and was no longer needed, the user acquired a…

Tip of the Week – Show Scale within Pages List

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
After scaling your pages, have you ever wanted to show scale in the Pages List?
During a takeoff, many times there will be several pages scaled differently. How does the user know what the page has been scaled to? This and more information is available in the right click options that may not be…

Tip of the Week – Drywall Report

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
Do you need a drywall takeoff on your estimation project?
PrebuiltML can produce a drywall report based on inputs you made for your lumber take off. This report has information that can be used in the project lists for drywall estimating.

The Drywall Report

Here’s how you do it:
1. Go to the drop down menu “Tools”,…

Tip of the Week – Waste Factor

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
Do you not have enough Rim material being shipped to each job? Adjust your Waste Factors to get it “just right”!
Other examples of areas that commonly may need waste percentage adjustments:
• Wall studs and wall bracing  
• Roof and floor decking           
• Blocking for walls and floors
Here’s how you…

Tip of the Week – Page Scaling

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
What if you have a roof drawn at 1/8″ scale but your elevation/exterior is 1/4″ scale? How do you handle a page with items shown at multiple scales?
Use the “Copy Page” feature!
Here’s how you do it:
1. Add your page image in the Plan tab.

2.Right mouse click on the page and select, “Make a copy…