Scale - Planning And Building Stairs
A scale can represent two different things in the construction industry. A scale can be used to measure the weight of objects and provide a description of a building component. The picture below provides you with an excellent example of a scaled drawing. Each one provides you with a description of a stair stringer, but one is drawn using a larger scale and the other with a smaller one.
Building designers use different measurements to
provide different scale drawings for the builder. The most common
measurement is one quarter of an inch per foot.
For example: If you had a building that was 400 feet long and you were using a 1/4" per foot measurement to create your scale drawing, you would need a piece of paper that was at least 100 inches long.
Every inch you measure, represents 4 feet.
Building Tips For Construction Workers And Contractors
Scale drawings can provide everyone with plenty of information, but it
isn't always going to be enough. If the architect, engineer or building
designer hasn't spent enough time on the project to figure out every
detail, you're probably going to run into a few problems.
Remember, it's hard to find every single little problem, while creating a scale drawing, of a large building. As construction workers and contractors, you need to be aware of these things and to make sure that you don't take it upon yourself to make major changes or modifications.
It's not your responsibility to solve building design problems. It's your job to assemble the parts that are located on the scale drawings. Don't be afraid to contact the architect, engineer or designers, to provide you with more information.
Stairs / Stair Glossary
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