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Rounded or Arced Walls in Sketch

https://youtu.be/BeakLOAmEBo I will be the first to admit that rounded or arced walls are not something that most of us run into everyday - they're something you may run into only once or twice a year. However, if you don't know where to look, it can be difficult to...

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Wall Framing in Sketch

https://youtu.be/9qIDGn_ladk With large loss estimates or when a tree falls through the roof of a home, you may find the need to frame one or more walls of a structure. Framing is easy, if you know where to look in Sketch. For more info on XM8 Mastery and the training...

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Wall Framing in Sketch

https://youtu.be/9qIDGn_ladk With large loss estimates or when a tree falls through the roof of a home, you may find the need to frame one or more walls of a structure. Framing is easy, if you know where to look in Sketch. For more info on XM8 Mastery and the training...

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Deck Tool in Sketch

https://youtu.be/cAs9fRb4u80 The Deck Tool is really easy to use and can be a huge time-saver if you have to rebuild the entire structure of the deck. Not many know how to have Sketch automatically come up with your framing material list just by changing a few...

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Move Room Labels in Sketch

https://youtu.be/8O-mMLJ4kxc Moving the room labels in Sketch seems like a basic task, but it's actually hard to figure out if you've never performed the move. I find it very useful to be able to move the label, especially when working in small spaces or on roofs with...

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Xactimate Desktop X1 Version Upgrade

https://youtu.be/T64GffJBcjU I recently upgraded to the X1 Version of the Xactimate Desktop platform and was surprised by how easy on the eyes the new "skin" of the Control Center is! Everything seems to be located in a more intuitive place compared to the Xactimate...

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Carpet Waste Settings

https://youtu.be/q4d9x-iJtoM Thanks for the great feedback on the Roll Out Method of Carpet Waste video that I put on my channel last week! (See video here: https://youtu.be/gOSoPfhPZig) Knowing where to find your carpet roll width settings, stair setup properties and...

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Carpet Waste Tool

https://youtu.be/gOSoPfhPZig Xactimate has a built-in auto-calculate tool for carpet and vinyl flooring waste in Sketch. Using this tool makes adding waste more precise and shows you the actual carpet/vinyl roll out into the room. Try this tool and let me know in the...

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Fastest Way To Sketch

https://youtu.be/PxSOIrHki3w The Import From Underlay tool is not a well-known tool in Sketch in Xactimate. This under-utilized tool allows you to import a jpeg image of blueprints or architectural drawings directly into Xactimate. Once imported and scaled to size,...

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Wizard Macros

https://youtu.be/Ee63LRcU65E Xactimate contains pre-package macros that are only available in Sketch. These special macro line items change depending on the room that you place the macro in and are very useful in large loss estimate situations. I also cover how to...

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Auto Calculate Roof Waste in Xactimate

https://youtu.be/jElHQPRkWLk Recently, there have been reports that some of the larger insurance companies have started to use the roof waste tool on all of their estimates. In this video, I show you not only how to turn on the roof waste calculator, but also the...

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Finished Office Vlog

https://youtu.be/e4VmR4pG8hA My office has been finished for a month or so, but I finally got a chance to shoot a quick video showing off the completed room. Also, Emmy the office cat gets a formal introduction.

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Bid item and Paid When Incurred (Code Upgrade)

https://youtu.be/F2ZYdxBjLiY I've been getting a lot of questions lately about how to zero out a line item price or add it as PWI, or how to do both, so I thought it was time to create an updated video on these topics. Using a bid item might seem easy to most of you,...

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How to Create a Half Wall in Xactimate

https://youtu.be/sJu_GSQ5Jec Creating a half or pony wall in Xactimate is not intuitive or easy to remember. It has taken me a long time to remember how to achieve the half wall and I still sometimes forget one of the steps and have to figure it out again through...

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Find Line Items Quickly

https://youtu.be/1p2Zd9PkZsQ One of the hugest time-saving devices that I have learned in Xactimate is the different ways of searching. To this day, I still forget what certain line items are named in the program, so knowing that I can search visually or by related...

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Window Stuck in an Estimate

https://youtu.be/cRSi6-AZ7Uk When downloading a price list in an estimate in Xactimate, the window to accept the price list download will go missing. When this happens, Xactimate won't allow you to navigate anywhere in the estimate and basically "freezes" until you...

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How to Save Time Adding Doors and Windows

https://youtu.be/gUM809hJEJk Most of you who use Xactimate on a daily basis know how to add doors and windows. In this video, I show how to save a little bit of time when adding multiple doors and windows to your floor plan, plus how to change the style of the doors...

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How (Not) to Add a Room Inside of a Room

https://youtu.be/hUE4C6r-vV4 Xactimate is not at all intuitive when it comes to adding closets, sub rooms or a pantry to your Sketch. It seems like you should be able to grab a room from the Room tool and add it inside of an existing room, but that is not the case. In...

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