To create a new takeoff, start by knowing your measurement type! STACK has nine different measurement types to choose from Area, Linear, Count, Linear with Drop, Pitched Area, Pitched Linear, Surface Area, Volume 2D and Volume 3D.
Choosing the right measurement type is the first step in getting your material numbers from STACK. You can use the chart below to see examples of what to measure with each measurement type as well as the measurement’s primary output. Some measurements even have secondary outputs that can be used to provide additional information in reports or run extra calculations when using assemblies!
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a floor, ceiling, or elevation view of a building
Square Footage, Linear Footage of the measured area’s perimeter
baseboard, wire, or PVC
outlets, fire alarms, or doors
Linear with Drop
electric wire that drops down 6 feet to an outlet
Linear Footage, Count, Linear Footage of the measured distance including drops
Linear with Drop Type
a sloped roof from an aerial view
Square Footage, Square Footage of the flat area
[MeauredPitchedArea] [MeasuredPitchedLinear][MeasuredArea] [MeasuredLinear][MeasuredCount]
a Hip on a sloped roof from an aerial view
Linear Footage, Linear Footage of the flat area
a painted wall, wallpaper, or drywall.
Square Footage, Linear footage of the measured distance
a concrete slab or parking lot
Cubic Yardage, Square Footage of the Flat Area, Linear Footage including width height and perimeter of the area
[MeasuredVolume2D] [Measured Area][MeasuredLinear] [MeasuredCount]
A concrete footer or wall
Cubic Yardage, Linear Footage including width height and perimeter of the area
[MeasuredVolume3D] [MeasuredLinear] [MeasuredCount]
Choose the wrong measurement type? Using Change Takeoff you can quickly change your takeoff to another measurement of the same type (Area, Linear, Count or Linear with Drop).
TIP #1: Most measurement types will yield a primary and secondary measurement(s). For example, an area measurement will yield the square footage and also the linear of the perimeter. Volume 3D will yield the cubic yardage, square footage, and linear of the perimeter.
TIP #2: When measuring a roof you must use an aerial (floorplan) view rather than an elevation view.