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Old 02-03-2010, 06:20 PM   #1
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I am going to take some plans down to the permit office hopefully tomorrow morning. I have some rough sketches done by hand but I'd like something a little more formal looking, for example with straight lines.

What software have other people used for electrical drawings? Or have you just used handwritten ones?

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Broderbunds Home Architect 3D used to be available for about $10. I would just use graph paper if the job is small.

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How about Google SketchUp? I think you can D/L electrical symbols to that.
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Broderbunds Home Architect 3D used to be available for about $10. I would just use graph paper if the job is small.
I'm rewiring the whole house but a lot of it is just putting back what was already there. There will be a few brand new circuits though.
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Do they require a diagram ?
I've never had to submit anything
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I went down there today and yes they did ask for a diagram. They said handwritten was ok so I think that will probably be faster. Nevertheless I've been doodling in SketchUp, pretty cool. Couldn't figure out how to import the electrical symbols into my drawing though. Maybe eventually.

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