A few weeks ago appraiser blogger Tom Horn wrote about a great
tool that appraisers should carry to check electrical circuits. That article got me thinking today when I
pulled an important appraiser tool out of my car. I don’t use it often, but when I do, I’m not
sure what I would do without it. Today I
used my angle finder.
Once in a while I run across homes that are built on angles
that are not 90 degrees or 45 degrees.
When that happens, it is important to measure the angle so that the
shape is drawn correctly into the computer, so the sketch closes, and the resultant
square footage estimate is accurate.
Often angles can be measured by obtaining the rise and the
run of the wall. However, this can be
difficult if the length of the angled wall is long and there is little
perspective to square up the rise and run measurement. The tool that I use is a digital
angle finder from Amazon that fits easily into my pocket (when I
think I might need it) and costs only about $20. One nice feature of this gauge is the reverse
angle button that allows me to switch to the angle of incidence (the angle that
drawing programs use for an input). There
are other less expensive options available as well like an angle
finder from Harbor Freight for under five dollars.
To insert the reading of the angle finder into an a la mode
Total sketch, I simply draw a line and then select Tools, then Draw Angle to
Left or Draw Angle to Right, and input the angle into the dialogue box. Angles can also be selected by clicking
Modify and dragging the line to the desired angle, or by using the following key
strokes (for the above example): 15 (length of wall), R (direction of angle),
31 (angle), Enter.
is a link to an a la mode training video that covers the two ways to
draw angles with Total Sketch.
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