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Now try it out. Draw some. Draw what? I suggest you start by tracing your rude graph paper sketches and try drawing your design to scale. The permit office will have a certain scale they wish you to use. I found the easiest to understand was one foot of real length equals one foot on the paper. However, this proved impracticable because of the large amount of paper necessary. You can see that for me the eraser did indeed come in handy. The next best scale is 1ft=1in. If your addition is still too big to fit on the page, try 1ft=1/4in. If it is still too big, your project might be more ambitious than you think.

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W.J. Rayment built an addition on his house, and in the course of the project learned from his many mistakes. This on-line compendium is his effort to help you learn from his experience. The advice and stories are often humorous, sometimes silly, but always informative. for yourself or as a gift for family or friends.

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