General Help

 

     Construction Calc Pro starts up to the main menu where you simply touch the module you would like to work with.  Each module has a back button (swooshing arrow) in the top left corner that will allow you to return to the main menu.  The other menu bar buttons that appear in the app are as follows.

     The back arrow will exit the module you are in back to the main menu.  All of your entered values will be saved and restored upon return to that module.

     The equals button appears in many different modules that display their results in a pop up dialog screen.  The equals button is used after you have all of your values entered and are ready to calculate and view your results.

     The menu button appears in many different modules that have more options than we could fit in the menu bar.  Touch this button to access more options.

     The reset button allows you to quickly reset any module back to default values.  Use with care.

     Number buttons in the toolbar act as tabs or pages.  These will only be found in the more complex modules and allow navigation between pages and/or tabs.

     The envelope button will allow you to email your results.

     The play button is for modules that have video tutorials.  Be aware that the tutorials are online and will consume considerable data.

     Touching the wrench will bring up preferences in certain modules.

     Touching the question mark will bring up online help.

Arch Module

 

          The title bar contains three buttons allowing you to exit (swooshing arrow), reset (power/reset symbol), and obtain help text (question mark).  Choose the shape you wish to solve for and then enter known values.  Once the app has enough information it will automatically solve the unknown values.   To enter values simply click the text box and the calculator will appear.  Type in any value you desire and click the done button to hide the calculator.

 

Area & Volume Modules

 

     The title bar contains four buttons allowing you to exit (swooshing arrow), calculate and display results (equals sign), reset (power/reset symbol), and obtain help text (question mark).     Choose the object that you wish to calculate the area for from the shape bar.  Enter the known dimensions and the quantity of objects.  Then press the calculate button and the app will give you the area of a single object, the area of all the objects and a running total.  The running total is used to calculate compound objects and will be reset to zero each time you exit the area screen.  To enter values simply click the text box and the calculator will appear.  Type in any value you desire and click the done button, the calculator will move aside and your new value will be in the selected text box.

 

Block Module

 

     The title bar contains four buttons allowing you to exit (swooshing arrow), calculate and display results (equals sign), reset (power/reset symbol), and obtain help text (question mark)

 

     Area Section;  This is where you will enter the size of your working area.  You may enter a length and height or an area.  If you enter a length and height then the app will automatically calculate the area.  The app always uses area to make its calculations.  For example a wall with dimensions of 10 foot by 12 foot you could either enter 10 foot height and 12 foot length or 120 foot area.

 

     Door/Window Openings Section;  This section is where you can subtract openings (door, window or other) from your area.  You can enter 6 different openings and any number of each.  First click the opening number from 1 to 6 and then enter the width and height of the opening.  Then enter the quantity of these openings.  The total area of all your openings will be subtracted from the total area.

 

     Settings Section;  This is the section where you setup the individual block size and cost.  You need to enter the block dimensions (length, width, and height) and the cost per block.

 

      General;  Once you make a calculation you can email the results to a man in the field or to yourself to save them.  You may also add the results to your estimate sheet.  The estimate sheet can also be emailed.  Also when you exit this screen, or the app, all your numbers and settings will be saved.

 

Calculator

 

     This help dialog only covers the function of the measurement buttons since they are not standard to all calculators.  For questions regarding the standard calculator functions please email us at bb.app.support@snappyappz.com.

 

     The measurement buttons make this calculator unique and function similar to other construction style calculators.  To enter measurements simply type the number of feet and then the feet button (for example).  If smaller units need to be appended then type the new number and then the inch button and so on until you get your desired measurement to work with.  For example to get 4'6-1/16'' simply type 4,ft,6,in,1,/x'',1,6,x/''.

 

     To obtain areas/squares or volumes/cubes simply repeatedly press the unit button until the desired unit is displayed.  For example to get 4 square feet simply type 4,ft,ft.  To get 4 cubic feet type 4,ft,ft,ft.

 

     To convert between units simply type a different unit key while the unit is visible.  For example if you type 4,ft and then hit the meter button then 1.2192 meters will appear.  This can also work to expand to a smaller unit.  If you type 4 ft and then click the inch button the display will change to 48''.

 

     Options for the calculator include inch precision, decimal precision, locked denominator, and use yards.  Inch precision allows you to adjust the smallest division of an inch that the calculator will reduce to.  For example most people working with a measuring tape will want to set this settings to 1/16 so 64ths don't show up.  The decimal precision should be kept as high as possible (default is 8) but may come in handy in certain cases such as calculating money you may want to set it to 2.  The locked denominator allows you to override the behavior of the app to reduce the fractional inches.  So instead of the app reducing 16/64'' to 1/4'' it will display 16/64''.  The last settings is 'use yards' and allows you to choose whether the calculator will reduce your imperial measurements including yards.  For example an answer of 3 yards 2 feet will be displayed as 11 feet when 'use yards' is off.

 

Concrete Module

 

     The title bar contains four buttons allowing you to exit (swooshing arrow), calculate and display results (equals sign), reset (power/reset symbol), and obtain help text (question mark)

 

     Container Section;  This is where you will select the container shape.  By sliding the slider you will be able to see and select the type of container you want to solve for.  The containers include column, slab, footing, and stairs.  If you know one we've overlooked then please email us.

 

     Dimension/Quantity Section;  This is the section where you will enter the dimensions required to make the calculation.  The dimensions required are also shown in the drawing for reference.  The quantity is the number of units you require.  For example you may be estimating 12 concrete posts in which case you can enter the dimensions of 1 and a quantity of 12 to get your total required concrete.

 

     Quantity/Cost Section;  This is the section where you enter the unit of quantity and cost of quantity.  For example if you work with 60 pound bags then click on 60 lb and then enter in cost what you pay for a single 60 pound bag.

 

     General;  Once you make a calculation you can email the results to a man in the field, or to yourself to save them.  You may also add the results to your estimate sheet.  The estimate sheet can also be emailed.  Also when you exit this screen, or the app, all your numbers and settings will be saved.

 

Conversions Module

 

     The conversion screen allows you to convert many common units.  Simply choose the category for your conversion and then the units for the 'from' and 'to' sections.  Next enter the value you wish to convert in the first text field.  The app will instantly calculate the result in the lower text field.

 

Drywall Module

 

     The title bar contains four buttons allowing you to exit (swooshing arrow), calculate and display results (equals sign), reset (power/reset symbol), and obtain help text (question mark)

 

     Area Section;  This is where you will enter the size of your working area.  You may enter a length and height or an area.  If you enter a length and height then the app will automatically calculate the area.  The app always uses area to make its calculations.  For example a room with dimensions of 10 foot by 12 foot with 8 foot ceilings you could either enter 8 foot height and 44 foot length or 352 foot area.

 

     Settings Section;  This is the section where you setup the board settings.  Board width and height could for example be 4 for width and 8 for height if you are using 4x8 boards.  The cost is the cost per board and you should enter what you pay per board at your suppliers.  Waste percentage is the amount of extra board you want the app to calculate based on the amount of waste you incur.  As an example if you put your waste at 10% and the calculation requires 100 boards then the final calculation will come out as 110 boards.

 

     Other Materials Section;  This is the section where you may enter extra materials required to do the job.  The first is mud per # of boards.  If you use a box of mud for every 20 boards then you would enter 20 here and the associated cost per box.  The next is tape and is calculated in the same manner (per # of boards).  The next material is screws and is calculated by number of screws per sheet.  For example if you use 30 screws per sheet then enter 30 here.  The cost of screws is based on 100 screws.

 

     General;  Once you make a calculation you can email the results to a man in the field or to yourself to save them.  You may also add the results to your estimate sheet.  The estimate sheet can also be emailed.  Also when you exit this screen or the app all your numbers and settings will be saved.

 

Estimate Sheet Module

 

     This module shows all your individual estimates you have saved and shows a total.  The title bar contains four buttons allowing you to exit (swooshing arrow), delete a selected estimate (garbage can), reset (power/reset symbol), and email your estimate (envelope).

 

Lumber Module

 

     The title bar contains four buttons allowing you to exit (swooshing arrow), calculate and display results (equals sign), reset (power/reset symbol), and obtain help text (question mark).

 

     Volume/Area;  You can select the solution method with this control.  When volume is selected the calculation will return the volume of lumber based on the boards you input.  When area is selected the number of boards required to cover that area will be returned.

 

     Board Dimension and Quantity Section;  This is the section where you will enter the dimensions of your boards (i.e. 8' 2x4's) and the quantity of boards required.  If area is selected then instead of quantity of boards you will have to enter the area to be covered.

 

     Volume Unit/Cost Section;  This is the section where you enter the unit of volume and cost per unit.  For example if you work in BDFT then click on BDFT and then enter in cost what you pay for a single BDFT.

 

     General;  Once you make a calculation you can email the results to a man in the field, or to yourself to save them.  You may also add the results to your estimate sheet.  The estimate sheet can also be emailed.  Also when you exit this screen, or the app, all your numbers and settings will be saved.

 

Miter Module

 

     The compound miter calculator is used to calculate saw settings for cutting crown molding.

 

     All you have to do is to enter the spring angle of your crown molding and the angle of the wall you are working on.  The spring angle is the angle that the crown molding sits at when resting flat against the wall and ceiling (the way it will sit when installed).  This angle may be printed on a sticker on the molding or on your receipt.  The wall angle is the angle between a wall and the adjacent wall.  For example a typical inside corner would be 90 degrees and a typical outside corner would be 270 degrees.

 

     The right crown and left crown use opposite saw settings so if you need the app to figure which way to adjust your saw then you must enter this as well.  This is established by looking at the wall you are working on.  The crown piece to your right is (you guessed it) the right piece and vice versa.  The app also assumes you are feeding the wood into your saw from the left and that it is laying flat on the saw table (unfinished side down).

 

     To enter values simply click the text box and the virtual keyboard will appear.  Type in any value you desire and click the saw icon to hide the keyboard.

 

Paint Module

 

     The title bar contains four buttons allowing you to exit (swooshing arrow), calculate and display results (equals sign), reset (power/reset symbol), and obtain help text (question mark)

 

     Area Section;  This is where you will enter the size of your working area.  You may enter a length and height or an area.  If you enter a length and height then the app will automatically calculate the area.  The app always uses area to make its calculations.  For example a room with dimensions of 10 foot by 12 foot with 8 foot ceilings you could either enter 8 foot height and 44 foot length or 352 foot area.

 

     Door/Window Openings Section;  This section is where you can subtract openings (door, window or other) from your area.  You can enter 6 different openings and any number of each.  First click the opening number from 1 to 6 and then enter the width and height of the opening.  Then enter the quantity of these openings.  The total area of all your openings will be subtracted from the total area.

 

     Settings Section;  This is the section where you setup the paint settings.  You need to enter the coverage per can (or pail of paint) and the cost per can (or pail of paint).

 

     General;  Once you make a calculation you can email the results to a man in the field or to yourself to save them.  You may also add the results to your estimate sheet.  The estimate sheet can also be emailed.  Also when you exit this screen, or the app, all your numbers and settings will be saved.

 

Settings Module

 

     Measurement Units;  Set this setting to your preferred system of measurement.  While most modules work in both units simultaneously certain cases will display your result based on this setting.

 

     Inch Precision;  This setting determines the precision at which fractional inches will be calculated.  Most people calculating for measuring tape purposes will want this set to 1/16" since most tapes don't display 32nds or 64ths.  For example if your result was 13/64" and you had inch precision set to 1/16" the calculator would display 3/16" or the closest 16th inch to your result.

 

     Decimal Precision;  This setting determines how many decimal places the app uses when calculating and displaying results.  For best results leave this setting between 8 and 10.

 

     Locked Denominator;  If this switch is on, the denominator will always display based on inch precision instead of being reduced.  For example 32/64" will be displayed as 1/2" if the switch is off.

 

     Include Yards;  Determines whether yards will be included when imperial measurements are displayed.  For example 8' 6" will be displayed as 2yd 2' 6" if this switch is on.

 

     Button Sound;  Determines whether touching buttons will produce a 'click' sound.  This only applies to the calculator.

 

Stair Module

 

     The title bar contains five buttons allowing you to exit (swooshing arrow), view 'tab 1' which is your stair specs, view 'tab 2' which is your stair results, view 'tab 3' which is your stair results drawing, and access the menu (hamburger button).

 

     Stair Specs (tab 1);  From this tab you will enter most of the information the app requires to calculate your stairs. To enter a value simply touch the text field and the calculator will appear.  At this point you can perform a calculation or simply enter a value.  Once you are done entering your number touch the done button and the calculator will hide and your entered value will be in the selected text field.  If you aren't sure what the text fields are for than you may want to refer to the drawings section of the app.  All these distances are on the drawing and labeled.  The only value that is slightly different on this tab is the total run.  This value can be locked or unlocked by using the lock button to the right of the field.  When this value is locked the total run will be calculated based on the total rise to create a 'proper' stairway with a 'comfortable' incline.  If you unlock this field than you may create any stairway from steep stairs such as stairs entering an attic or flat long stairs that you may see on a deck.

 

     Stair Results (tab 2);  From this tab you can only view calculated values (results).  These fields can not be modified and are grey to represent this.  If you aren't sure what each of these results represent than please refer to the drawing tab.  The results are on the drawings with their respective distances.

 

     Stair Drawings (tab 3);  The drawings tab can show two different drawings that are drawn to scale.  The drawings are selected with the segmented control labeled 'stairs/stringer'.  The 'stairs' drawing shows a profile of the stairs and the 'stringer' drawing shows a profile of just the stringer with a takeoff of the mark out points.  The lines stepper control will adjust the drawing width of the displayed lines and the printed lines.  The arrows stepper control will adjust the arrow head size of the displayed arrow heads and the printed arrow heads.  The font stepper control will adjust the font size of the displayed text and the printed text.  The b&w switch will display and print the drawings in black and white as apposed to colour.   The zoom stepper control will control the amount of zoom being applied to the displayed drawings.  As the drawing zooms in parts will be drawn off screen however you can scroll around the drawing by dragging on it.

 

     Bottom Toolbar;  The toolbar along the bottom of the screen is always visible regardless of which tab is selected.  This is where you will manage multiple stair calculations.  If you only require one stair calculation at a time than you can simply ignore this toolbar.  To add a new stair calculation touch the plus button on the left of the toolbar.  To rename the selected stair calculation touch the text bar on the toolbar and simply type the desired name.  To select which stair calculation you desire to view and work on touch the menu button to the right of the text bar and select from the pop up list.  To delete the selected stair calculation touch the garbage can.

 

Tile Module

 

     The title bar contains four buttons allowing you to exit (swooshing arrow), calculate and display results (equals sign), reset (power/reset symbol), and obtain help text (question mark).

 

     Area Section;  This is where you will enter the size of your working area.  You may enter a length and height or an area.  If you enter a length and height then the app will automatically calculate the area.  The app always uses area to make its calculations.  For example an area with dimensions of 10 foot by 12 foot you could either enter 10 foot height and 12 foot length or 120 foot area.

 

     Settings Section;  This is the section where you setup the tile settings.  Tile length and width could for example be 8 for length and 8 for width if you are using 8x8 tiles.  The cost is the cost per tile and you should enter what you pay per tile at your suppliers.  Waste percentage is the amount of extra tile you want the app to calculate based on the amount of waste you incur.  As an example if you put your waste at 10% and the calculation requires 100 tiles then the final calculation will come out as 110 tiles.

 

     Other Materials Section;  This is the section where you may enter grout per # of tiles.  If you use a bag of grout for every 100 tiles then you would enter 100 here and the associated cost per bag.

 

     General;  Once you make a calculation you can email the results to a man in the field, or to yourself to save them.  You may also add the results to your estimate sheet.  The estimate sheet can also be emailed.  Also when you exit this screen, or the app, all your numbers and settings will be saved.

 

Triangle Module

 

     The title bar contains four buttons allowing you to exit (swooshing arrow), calculate and display results (equals sign), reset (power/reset symbol), and obtain help text (question mark).

 

     Enter your known sides or angles and as soon as the app can solve the entire triangle it will.  Once it has solved the triangle it will then lock the app from accepting user input until the reset button is pressed.

 

     To enter values simply click the text box and the virtual keyboard will appear.  Type in any value you desire and click the done button on the keyboard.

 

 

 

 

 

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