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Old 02-09-2008, 06:15 PM   #1
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Home Wiring CAD Software

I'm looking for an inexpensive (free) CAD program that will allow me to draw a simple home layout floor by floor (no 3D necessary), locate receptacles, lights, and switches, and number them by the breaker they are wired to.

I have tried several free CAD programs, but they all seem too complicated to use. I want something real quick. I am currently using Adobe Photoshop, which works, and I am familiar with it's use, but it's not very practical.




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Old 02-10-2008, 11:01 PM   #2
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I'm not sure that you need a CAD program for what you want to do. There is no compelling reason you need a scaled drawing to locate circuits. Just draw your floor plans proportionally with pen and paper and start labeling them. If it's a question of appearance, then a drawing program could accomplish what you need to do. Aside from that, I'm not aware of any easy, free CAD programs out there. Find one and let me know?


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You're absolutely right. No need for a scale drawing. All I wanted to do is create a more readable version than I already have on paper.
I think I'll stick with Adobe Photoshop, because I already own it.

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You can use Microsoft Visio. It allows you to attach the lines to the box, so when you move stuff around it stays connected. I found this free version with a quick google search...it looks like visio with a new interface, called "Diagram Studio"...have fun!
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I'm still learning to use google sketch-up. It may do what you want.
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