The general over view videos are informative but I believe that they should show an actual example of a problem being worked out. This way we can work through the sample problem ourselves and see how the correct answer is obtained. As from my remarks in the next section sometimes what someone calls “A” another calls “B”. An actual hands-on example would ensure that what we understand is correct. Right now as a new user of StruCalc I am having to work the problems long hand then with the software until I have trust that it will provide me the correct answers.
I am also somewhat confused by the Collar-Tie module. What is it attempting to design? My understanding of a collar tie is that it connects opposing rafter ends so that negative pressures created on the leeward side will not pull the leeward side rafters away from the ridge board or beam. Collar ties do not address rafter thrust. A rafter tie connects opposing wall top plates to reduce/prevent rafter thrust. A ceiling joist is an example of a rafter tie. It appears from working with this module it is for designing rafter ties not collar ties, or am I confused?
Thanking you in advance for your time.
Thank you Gary we will have someone contact you directly.
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