Hopefully the formatting doesn't get messed up in translation. I think that some of the spaces that I've added to get the columns to line up may disappear once I post it.

Just about everything I do is in CAD nowadays, so I don't need this nearly as often, but I came up with a way of adding feet, inches and fractions with a calculator. Essentially, feet go before the decimal point and inches come after the decimal point, except that things like 9" become .09. For instance, 8'-9" would become 8.09 and 8'-9 ¾" would become 8.0975. Here's an example.

before after

8'-9 ¾" 8.0975

4 ½" .045

17'-11" 17.11

28'-2 ¼" 28.0225

Of course, this all adds up to 53.275, or 53'-27 ½".

To fix that you take the result…

53.275

-.24 (minus 24")

+2.00 (plus 2'-0")

55.035 or 55'-3 ½"

I used to be able to do this pretty quickly on a calculator. I use this much less than I used to and I really do appreciate the accuracy of CAD.

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Daniel Lewis AIA

Northborough MA

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Original Message:

Sent: 09-11-2017 18:11

From: Aric Gitomer

Subject: Architects' "hacks"

I'm writing a new blog on simple and easy tips or "hacks" that architects use every day. I have 5 of my own (a couple using an architect's scale) but was wondering if anyone else had any they would like to share with me to add in the blog. Thanks!

http://www.aricgitomerarchitect.com/blog/

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Aric Gitomer AIA

Principal

Aric Gitomer Architect LLC

Morris Plains NJ

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