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  1. A good analogy would be a staircase. You need 1 more riser than the number of treads.
  2. I don't think there is a hidden object being selected. One corner of the "after paste" bounding box is snapping to the origin. Looks like a bug to me.
  3. In the Roof Plane Specification dbx check Use Room Ceiling Finish. Same in the Build Roof dbx if you are doing auto roofs.
  4. Draw a window and copy it. On one of the windows delete every thing but the sash. Convert the sash to a symbol and rotate it. On the other one delete the sash. Place the sash symbol into the other window that doesn't have a sash.
  5. I haven't had a chance to look at your plan yet but a room with a Shelf Ceiling may work.
  6. I have always found Revolve a bit squirrelly to use. Eric gave you some good advice but there is another way to easily do your "plate" if you want to do it separately. Draw a Cylinder. Convert it to a 3D Solid. Select it and then select Fillet Lines from the Edit toolbar. (change the fillet radius as needed) Select the faces to fillet (you will get a preview as you move the mouse around).
  7. Do you have On Object snaps toggled on? Eric's video looks like it is using On Object snaps to do the snapping. This works in X15 - I am not sure about X14.
  8. You can display any text you want by creating a custom Unit Conversion. See my picture above. The "x 4m LENGTHS" part is a custom Unit Conversion.
  9. Basically.. Make your 2 short end railings High Shed/Gable. Make the long front railing something like this using Upper Pitch.
  10. This may be possible to do in the ML using a custom Unit Conversion. If someone can tell me how to round up to the next whole number in Ruby (I know zero about Ruby) I will try that and see if it works.
  11. Tim, I see that you are using X7 which is a very old version. Chief used to have a tool called Print Model which was deprecated about X11 or X12. It would print out the walls, roofs, etc, (including windows and doors, etc.) which you could assemble to make a 3D model of the house. Probably not quite what you want as it doesn't do the site, landscaping, etc. Be prepared to pay a LOT for a full 3D model including the site and house. Maybe investigate 3D printing? My best advice is to forget the physical 3D model and spend some time getting everything correct in Chief (house and site) and then do lots of 3D renders, fly-arounds, virtual tours, etc. There are several people on this forum that can do wonders with that approach.
  12. I assume you have used landings for the winder sections? I prefer to use curved winder stair sections that will snap together for the winder landings. This forms the one stair with 3 subsections:
  13. This behaviour is controlled by the Auto Merge Collinear Walls setting.
  14. Rebar (or mesh), Foam seal and Termite Flashing come from the Foundation settings - either the Foundation Defaults or Build Foundation.
  15. Do a screen capture of the text, import the picture and use Point To Point Resize to stretch the picture horizontally. The top line is text, the bottom line is a stretched picture. It only takes a couple of moments to do.
  16. Have a play with the Vertical Stacking option for the windows and see if that will do what you want. They appear differently in plan view and they won't pick up dimensions. They appear as usual in 3D views.
  17. Going to the window dbx and unchecking Options>Recessed Into Wall will fix it, but that option may not be what you want.
  18. Several ways I can think of off hand. Firstly, there are many line styles in the library. You can create your own line styles: You can use a Distribution Line and attach 2D cad blocks or 3D symbols to it:
  19. First off, before I have another look... To draw a full 180deg barrel vaulted ceiling it is better to draw it using zero degrees for the Pitch. This way it is just the one curved ceiling plane for the full barrel instead of using two curved ceilings. You need to have look at some of the structure of your ceiling planes (framing layers, etc) You can then use Join Roof Planes to join the 2 roof planes.
  20. I would start by only having the Blocks Running layers as the Main Layer. There are a couple of other settings that could be coming into play as well. It might make it easier if you post a plan so that we can test it out.
  21. When you Lock Toolbars, the toolbars move slightly because the little 3 dot grip thingy at the left hand side of the toolbar title disappears and the toolbars move to the left to make up for the lost space. Lock Toolbars shouldn't reconfigure or change the order of any of your toolbars.
  22. ...or the Selection Line color could be the same as your Background color. If these 2 colors are the same, you will not see the door placement preview and when you select a wall, the dimensions will disappear. Go to Preferences and make them different colors.
  23. Are you using auto or manual bay window and roof planes? Does the bay have short return walls either side or there only 3 walls forming the bay? I assume the side walls are at 45deg? Do the roofs have to meet at the same apex point? Just as a starting point tip though - you can use a negative number for the Curved Roof>Radius To Framing Top to achieve the concave curve. Here is a quick example:
  24. You lost me! As Chopsaw said - you are overthinking it. It is really pretty simple but you seem to be making it really complicated. Do you know what a contour line is? A line that joins points of equal height. Google contour lines if you need clarification. So...all you need to basically do is draw contours using the Elevation Lines - forget Elevation Points. Drawing retaining walls, flat areas etc, come in the second lesson.