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  • Getting Started

    How do I install or use Big Hammer Outdoor Designer Series?

    How do I reinstall Big Hammer Outdoor Designer Series TM ? If you experience difficulty with an application, try clearing the application cache by following these steps: Copy the following command: rundll32 %windir%\system32\dfshim.dll CleanOnlineAppCache...
  • FAQs

    What types of post frame structures can I create?

    Post Frame Designer creates square or rectangular free-standing structures. There is no ability to add lean-to additions to the structure. Post Frame Designer allows you to design open or closed wall post frame structures. The type of structure can be...
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    How can I reverse the view of my fence project?

    You may want to see how your fence project is going to look from a neighbor’s yard. To reverse the view of the fence project in the 3D View , use one of the following procedures: Click on any of the triangles located along the fence border. Click...
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    What types of garage structures can I create?

    Garage Designer designs square or rectangular free-standing garage structures. Garage Designer does not have the ability to add carports or lean-to carports. Garage Designer does not create two-story structures with appropriate framing and placement of...
  • FAQs

    How can I change fence or gate materials?

    To change the materials for a fence or gate, use one of the following procedures: Double-click the gate or fence section that you want to change. Click Modify in the menu, followed by Fence or Gate . Click the gate or fence section that you want to modify...
  • FAQs

    How can I change deck materials?

    To change the materials for the deck surface, use one of the following procedures: Double-click in an open area of the deck surface. Click Modify in the menu, followed by Deck . If your deck project has multiple decks, you will be prompted to choose the...
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    How can I change the height of a deck?

    To change the height of a deck, use one of the following procedures: 1. Double-click in an open area of the deck surface 2. Click Modify in the menu, followed by Deck . If your deck project has multiple decks, you will be prompted to choose the deck to...
  • FAQs

    Can I create a deck with non-straight (curved) edges?

    You can simulate a curved edge by adding a freeform deck and creating small straight sections that will resemble a curved edge. Deck Designer will create the beam and joists required for your plan. Once you are done adding the multiple points for your...
  • FAQs

    Can I add ramps or a roof to my deck design?

    Deck Designer does not have the ability to add ramps or a roof to the deck design. If you would like to add pergolas, gazebos, or deck accessories to your design, refer to the “ How can I add accessories to my project? ” FAQ in the Getting...
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    How do I use the beam on top of joist construction option?

    To use the Beam on Top of Joist construction method, the deck must be at least 25" tall. This minimum height allows the deck to have enough area for the beam and the joist. If you want a lower level deck, such as a platform deck, you may want to...
  • FAQs

    How do I create a multi-level deck?

    Method One First, position two separate decks in Plan View so that they are touching. Next, change the height on one of the decks to create a six-inch height difference between the two decks. The difference in deck height is your step. If you want to...
  • Getting Started

    How can I send a photo of my project to a friend?

    You can send a photo of your project to a friend by using the following steps: Click the 3D View tab, located below the menu. Use the mouse to manipulate the project's 3D view. When your project appears as you would like your friend to see it, click...
  • Getting Started

    How can I visualize my project on a photo of my home?

    You can see your project on a photo of your home by selecting the Home Visualization tab. NOTE: You will need to log in with your Big Hammer Designer Series account to use this feature. If you did not log in from the application launch page, you will...
  • Getting Started

    How can I add or remove multiple items at the same time?

    To save time while creating a design, you can add or remove multiples of an object (such as a deck, stairs, railings, doors, windows) at the same time. Use the following procedure to add multiples of an object: Press and hold either of the Shift keys...
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    Is there sufficient detail to get a building permit from the city engineers?

    Big Hammer Designer Series TM uses national building codes. As building permit requirements vary greatly for each city and town, please check with your local authorities to determine if your location is based on national building codes. The documentation...
  • Getting Started

    How can I add accessories to my project?

    You can add accessories to your project such as grills, pergolas/gazebos, and patio furniture to your project in Big Hammer Designer Series TM by using the following procedure: Choose Add in the menu, followed by Outdoor Living Product . Choose a product...
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