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Old 04-29-2013, 02:21 PM   #1
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Hola everyone!

Thought I'd join this wonderful forum and share some IT experience on my home improvement projects.

If you haven't tried Sketchup8 yet, here's the link to download the free version:
http://www.sketchup.com/intl/en/download/gsu.html

There is a learning curve to using this software! Fortunately, there are a TON of how-to videos that teach you the basics. I was up and running after watching 5-7 videos. I can provide some help with the program, but I'd rather you learn the way I did so you get the most use out of it.

I've been doing DIY work for 30 years (growing up poor you can't just run out and buy new stuff!) and have learned some very useful skills that have saved me thousands of $$ (my wife is impressed, just doesn't admit it lol)

Right now, I'm in the middle of building a 14x14 corner shed. So far, I've invested $1500 in raw material and another $200 in hardware. I'm a professional buyer, so breaking down the cost was right up my alley. I still have to purchase the shingles and some trim pieces, so the cost will probably end up around $2250 - similar models are going for $5-6k on the internet! I will post some pictures soon.....

Hope I'm able to help some fellow DIY'ers and get some help as well!

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Old 04-29-2013, 03:39 PM   #2
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Hola back! I live near Dayton myself and last year I actually downloaded Sketchup and used it to sketch out different ways to lay out some boards for a deck project so I could see which way I thought looked best. Didn't take long for me to figure out how to do a relatively simply 3D sketch of the stoop and then add in the wood grain texture. If I can do it...anyone can!

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Old 04-29-2013, 06:47 PM   #3
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I'm another Buckeye (Akron OH) Welcome to the Forum
It is a good idea to include your location in your profile.
Folks are not going to remember your Intro.
Also check out how to Post pictures in the How To section.

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