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See Totals for a Specific Trade

See Totals for a Specific Trade

https://youtu.be/mhal1kcxi6M Have you ever wondered how you could just see one trade's labor and materials in Xacimate? There's several ways to isolate either labor or materials, or both in the program. In this video I show how to use the Estimate Items screen to...

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Sketch a Staircase

Sketch a Staircase

https://youtu.be/td08dflVryE Staircases can be frustrating and time consuming to Sketch in Xactimate if you don't know which staircase tool is the easiest to use. There are several "pre-built" staircases along with the "custom" staircase tool....which one is the best...

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Create Revised Line Items

Create Revised Line Items

https://youtu.be/lJFH2WLiM8M Have you ever seen an estimate where the RCV column had a word rather than the pricing, i.e. REVISED or CODE UPGRADE? That means the estimator is using what's called a Pricing Note in Xactimate on the line item to zero out the pricing, yet...

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Ready to Write a Roof Estimate in 30 Seconds or Less?

Ready to Write a Roof Estimate in 30 Seconds or Less?

https://youtu.be/CId0YftlbfY This is a Facebook Live Video showing Geomni's new Image to Scope tool that auto Sketches, auto detects the roof materials and auto adds your roof accessories in just a few clicks. Let me know what your thoughts are on this new tech in the...

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How to Create a Fireplace in Sketch

How to Create a Fireplace in Sketch

https://youtu.be/LK1kU-f4dFE I've been asked multiple times how to create a fireplace with a chimney and how to create a floor opening so that the stairs can come up through the second floor. If you've wondered how to create these areas, then this video is for you! I...

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3D Image an Entire Loss and Get the Sketch

3D Image an Entire Loss and Get the Sketch

https://youtu.be/3kF_g-QIZ5k What if I said you could measure the interior of a building, completely document the damage and show where each and every piece of Homeowner's contents belonged, all in one shot? Join me as I speak with Tomer Poran from Matterport about...

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Use Tokens to Create a Template Doc

Use Tokens to Create a Template Doc

https://youtu.be/ARK7RbAAqaQ I have been asked multiple times to create a video on how to use Tokens in a Word document to save time creating form letters that play well with Xactimate. I have to give credit to one of our members of the XM8 Mastery group for showing...

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Sketch A Saltbox Roof

Sketch A Saltbox Roof

https://youtu.be/mA9dk7dF3YY I have been asked several times to demonstrate a Saltbox roof, so here's the steps to Sketch this odd style of roof. The key is to lock the pitch and the rafter lengths on the correct slopes so that you may pull out the slope that is...

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Find Report Differences

Find Report Differences

https://youtu.be/VE5ZIG7nRq8 Have you ever wondered why an adjuster's estimate was slightly different in price than yours? There's many factors that go into price differences and you can see them all by running what's called a Differences Report in Xactimate. You have...

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Xactimate Sketch FAIL

Xactimate Sketch FAIL

https://youtu.be/5_lRIncyOtY Did you know that when you switch to a Tray style ceiling in a room with rounded walls that Xactimate won't play ball? I learned the hard way while in a Sketching competition and wracked my brain trying to figure out a way around the...

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Railing on Stairs or a Loft

Railing on Stairs or a Loft

https://youtu.be/0GniUbNFMcQ Ever wondered how to turn a full wall into a railing or balustrade? In this week's Tuesday Tech Tip I show you how easy it is to create the railing, once you know which property to change to see the balustrade setting. For more info on the...

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Beginner Xactimate Version X1 Walkthrough

Beginner Xactimate Version X1 Walkthrough

https://youtu.be/_nMIlkNN0A8 This video is a full walkthrough of how to create an estimate in the newest version of Xactimate: Version X1. I start from the very beginning of the process by showing how to create a new Project and what Profile to use when opening a new...

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Trade Summary Report

Trade Summary Report

https://youtu.be/VUm9QhkTXKM Have you ever needed to bid out a job to a sub but didn't know where to find a labor total in Xactimate? Today's your lucky day as I show where to find the Trade Summary report in the program that shows labor totals....but does not reveal...

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New Price List Editor

New Price List Editor

https://youtu.be/H68UzQXjYl0 Xactware has a new price list editor designed for the X1 version of Xactimate that can also create user edited/created price lists for the other versions of the software as well. This tool takes a bit of time to get used to, but once...

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Add a Deck Staircase

Add a Deck Staircase

https://youtu.be/JgVoCIw3VR0 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...

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Intersecting Roof in Sketch

Intersecting Roof in Sketch

https://youtu.be/bf7cpWEX07k 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...

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Show Ceilings in Sketch

Show Ceilings in Sketch

https://youtu.be/7IXalaHLEJ0 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...

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