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Shortcut Keys

Shortcut Keys

I have recently realized that there are many out there that have advanced knowledge of Xactimate, but are not using everyday, common PC & Mac shortcuts when estimating. I wanted to make sure that we’re all saving as much time estimating as possible, so...
Add a Deck Staircase

Add a Deck Staircase

Adding a staircase to a deck in Sketch can be frustrating if you don’t know which settings to change in the staircase properties. It took me a bit of time to discover all of the correct setting to get the staircase to properly match the deck elevation, but was...
Intersecting Roof in Sketch

Intersecting Roof in Sketch

Not many people who use Sketch know how to angle components in relation to a roof or a room. In this video, I show how to line up a gable roof ridge with a hip roof hip in a few easy steps. You can also use this shortcut that I demonstrate to rotate stairs, reference...
Show Ceilings in Sketch

Show Ceilings in Sketch

Just recently I learned that you can show your ceiling surfaces in Sketch while in the 3d view. For some reason, I had always thought this was not possible and had resorted to using the “C” in the calculator field for the line item. In this video, I show...
Rooms Below Stairs

Rooms Below Stairs

When there is damage to the SF of a finished room below a staircase, it can be confusing on where and how to find the dimensions to calculate your line item quantities. In this video, I show how you can add line items directly to the room below the stairs in Sketch. I...
Best View in Xactimate

Best View in Xactimate

When writing estimates in Xactimate, I like to avoid extra clicks at all costs. I learned that clicking to scroll up and down the Grouping Tree window in the Estimate Items tab was a big time waste, so I wanted a better option. I learned that the Low Resolution view...