Author Archives: Timothy

What Is A General Drafter

The term “General Drafter” is defined as a draftsman or drafter who can draw almost anything they are asked to technically draw. This is a correct term to a certain degree, as long as you’re trained in the various disciplines of drafting. I’ll give you an example but you’ll need to read carefully to keep… Read More »

AutoCAD 2D Layout

The workspace of Autocad 2d includes two working environments which work hand in hand. These can be viewed in the Status bar at the bottom of your screen under the Model and Layout tabs. By default we have two layouts but you can create up to 100 in a single drawing. Usually two or three… Read More »

How to make money from the use of AutoCAD

AutoCAD is used mainly by drafters, although engineers, surveyors and architects may need to use the software from time to time. AutoCAD is a 2D and 3D computer-aided drafting software used in the field of architecture, construction and manufacturing to assist in the preparation of blueprints and other engineering plans. Professional who uses AutoCAD is… Read More »

Structural Drafting

Structural drafting can be defined as the discipline of making drawings of structural objects, then placing descriptive dimensions and other notes on that drawing which when placed together, will communicate the needed information for the creation and in some cases the finishing of a structure. In making of these drawings, super accuracy in drafting is… Read More »

A Career in Drafting

No matter how bad the economy gets, there is always a need for drafters. Drafters are the ones who create technical construction drawings from information given to them by professionals like architects, engineers, designers, and surveyors. Drafters create drawings and plans on a drafting board or Computer Aided Drafting and Design program. These drawings are… Read More »

Machine Sketching

Freehand sketching is an important skill in connection with drafting. When we use the term sketching, it shouldn’t be considered as an incomplete drawing however. If anything, a sketch needs to be more complete than any mechanically executed drawing. Sketching is the engineering language of the trained engineer and drafter as well as a convenient… Read More »

Beginner’s Guide to Understanding a Set of House Plans

Depending on how much detail your builder or local building inspector requires, the minimum set of plans should include the floor plan, exterior elevations, foundation or basement plan, and a roof plan drawn to scale. Just so you’ll know, a scale is nothing more than a shrunken ruler so that 1′ -0″ (12 inches) is… Read More »

Drawing a Floor Plan

It is not the intention of this article to give you a complete course in drawing a floor plan. That is a very involved process. In short though, I would like to walk you through the process for your general information. Most all plans start with a sketch of some sort made by the prospective… Read More »

Reading House Plans For Real Estate Appraisal

Especially if you are appraising a newer home, the possibilities are good that an architectural plan is available for the home. If so, you need to know what you are looking at. In this article, I plan to break down the basic sheets usually found in a set of house blueprints. The Floor Plan This… Read More »