Need help with measurments

When I make line then type in 30’ for 30 ft then when I bring it out then type in 8’6 for 8 1/2 it put 8’ 4 1/2 instead of 8’6 can you please help thanks

From your other thread and here the only thing I can think of is that you are misunderstanding how to type in the dimensions.
Type both dimensions separated by a comma as a continuous action and finish with enter. Don’t try to click in each direction as it is all one shape.
select rectangle tool, click and release at start point, move mouse diagonally away from that point without touching any buttons for a short distance, take your hand off the mouse and type 30’,8’6" and hit enter.

Draw the line to its desired direction and approximate length, by clicking the start point and then the end position, then immediately type in the desired length + [press-enter]
Do not click on the measurement-box - because that will complete the line creation at the current length, sooner than you want.
The measurement-box simply displays what is the line’s length OR what you type.
While you are at the final stage of the line creation you can type in any length you want and pressing [enter] will set that line to that length. It’s length is shown in the measurement-box. You can repeat with new lengths as you desire.
Once you complete the line - by making another line, or selecting another tool that line’s length is confirmed.
You can change the length of an unbound line by selecting it and typing in a new length is Model Info.
Typing in plain numbers is taken as the Units set in Model Info, adding a suffix using that instead - so working in inches and typing 10’ draws it 120" long, or 1m makes it exactly 1m, ~39.3"

You can also use the Tapemeasure tool to draw guide lines at any desired spacing etc [using the same technique of typing in exact dimensions], then snap between those when line-drawing.
Also remember to use axis/inference locking to ensure your lines are in the exact direction desired…

Please clarify what tool you are using. Is it the line tool or the rectangle tool? There seems to be some confusion about what you are really doing.

As @Box says, if you a drawing a rectangle [rather than a line], you need to enter two values - AFTER drawing an approximation of the desired rectangle, e.g.


You do not type in the individual dimensions separately.
There is also no space between them [although fractional inch format accepts a space after the whole inch part].

These two dimensions are always separated by a comma [,], BUT if you live in a locale that uses the comma [,] as a decimal-point you will need to use a semicolon [;]…

So it’s either




Note that I’ve included a ‘decimal value’ for the second ‘feet’ part simply to demonstrate the difference between the format needed in the two locales…
The USA, UK, Aus etc use . & , and many Latin and EU countries , & ;
What is your set up ?

I’m using the home builder tool I’m doing tiny home build

[quote=“jar80, post:6, topic:21093, full:true”]
I’m using the home builder tool
[/quote] Please explain more clearly.

Do you mean ‘Housebuilder’ ?
If so, then which of its tools are you using ??

yes it is the houebuilder i’m using the floor tool

That clears up a lot. When you layout a floor using housebuilder, the plugin itself is reading and processing your input, not the built-in SketchUp tools. It may be that there is an error in its processing of feet and inches. I don’t have it installed, so I can’t verify this, but maybe someone who has it can chime in.

I’ve installed it many times to check it works for people, but I’ve never found a use for it and can’t be installing it again now.

If you use 102 OR 102" OR 8.5’ OR 8’6" [ but not 8’6 missing off the final " ] for the desired 8’6" does that work ?
It should accept ft/inches as its made hard-coded for that and someone had to rewrite a separate metric version to get around it…

Without clearly stating the steps you take to get into this quandary, then it’s hard to help - it took us thus far to work out you weren’t drawing a line or rectangle but using a plugin [which is ~11 years old!].
And very few of us will now have this plugin loaded either, to test it for you…

Here’s pics of what I’m doing

From those pictures it looks like your problem may be with the 1 1/2 inch thickness of the joists (which explains getting exactly 8’ 4 1/2" instead of 8’ 6").

one video I see were a guy where I guy was showing how to do it he said the 2 by 6 are 1 1/2 for joists so should I change the 2 by 6 to something else

I think it’s a matter of clarifying whether the tool works to the inside or the outside face of the joist.

It’s not the end of the world if you initially draw it 1.5" wrong.
You can always edit the group and move the last joist that amount into the right place…

Alternatively if you are aware of the issue you can then add the 1.5" onto the dimension you enter and it then comes out right >>> 8’7.5" == 8’6" when created ?

It might well be an issue in the code’s miscalculating of the final joist spacing for floors/roofs/etc - something like it was reported some time ago it’s no longer supported by its author, so it’s unlikely to be corrected…

Hey I just thought do you thank the 8 4 1/2 would be right because the width according to code for tiny house on wheels
is 8’6 wide if you add the plywood and siding would seem right I seen it so there’s probable no way to fix it then thanks anyways

Do you guys know if there’s a new house builder plugin to download instead of this one with error

Where did you get your version from ?
The two latest version [i.e. imperial and metric] are linked off from this post here:
As I said before, it’s no longer supported by the author, so these two are the latest and almost certainly the last ones available…

But it seems to me you are using a sledgehammer to crack a walnut...

If you are making a ‘tiny house’, then you could easily use the SketchUp native tools to create some slabs, wall-panels, and if they’ll ever be visible - some plates, posts, joists, rafters, sheets etc…
These will be mostly simple 3d boxes - so drawing a simple rectangle and PushPulling it into 3d is quite straightforward.
If you make groups of all of these separate parts then the geometry will not ‘stick-together’…
If you have repeated elements that will be the same - e.g. joists - then use a component and array-copy it at the desired centers - then editing one of them edits all instances, and you can always use ‘make-unique’ later to get a separated editable sibling created…

Incidentally thinking about this initial question logically... you are making a 'floor' that is 30' long and 8'6" wide... the joists/rafters would usually span the shortest distance, so why aren't your joists say 8'6" long ? [or even shorter if there are to be perimeter members running around that are perpendicular to them]. I think this would be far easier to think about if you were using the native tools - perhaps consider binning HouseBuilder... Relying on a plugin that doesn't perhaps do what you really need is wasting time and effort - the native tools are very flexible and adapt to most simple building forms and elements...
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