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  1. I know this is kind of an odd question but I have a reason for it. I'd like to indicate an interior door as an exterior door so as to be shown and tabulated on my door schedule as such. I know that Chief automatically determines Interior or exterior by where the door is placed and although I've attempted to find some way to override and force the door to be shown as an exterior door I haven't been able to do so. I don't want to change my door schedule to a text entity as a means to an end because I don't want to loose the door schedule's associativity and automatic updating with the plan. The reason for me wanting to do this is because the door is on a wall between an unheated garage and the basement and I am using that same wall as my insulation barrier in rescheck energy calculations so the interior door is going to be insulated and will also then be identical to another exterior door located elsewhere. Being able to designate the interior door as exterior I can then have a qty 2 shown for two identical doors.
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    Dormer/Roofline Issues

    Thanks solver, removing that wayward break in the roof plane got rid of my soffit problem. As for the outside walls where I needed siding I just went with adding faces rather than changing wall types because of the annoyance of siding getting inside the house envelope (but I guess I get drywall where I don't want it as well - unless I mess with the wall type). I like how the dormers only take the siding walls down to the roof plane - was trying to see if I could accomplish the same using regular walls in the other areas and just changing wall options but didn't see a magic button anywhere to do that. Now in the one dormer where I added drywall walls below the siding walls of the dormer that are above the roof plane I got the interior at least to look right on the inside of the room but I had wall connection issues whereby the small unfinished attic spaces would still highlight with the rest of the room and I couldn't specify them as attic space - but... close enough! Kbird, I'm sure my main problem in the one area I am missing part of the wall is the fact I didn't draw a wall there. I really didn't get that far into the house to really know how that room looks (bathroom with what I believe is another sloped ceiling over the tub) and it's so far not in the scope of my project so I am fine with just skinning the outside with a face showing siding for now. I do have another question on locating faces and solids depth wise. When I create them in a view they can sometimes end up far beyond the area that I attempt to create them and I have to switch to a view 90 degrees from the one I was in and then find it to wrangle the thing back to actual spot I want it. Am I missing a step to precisely locate them when I make these things?
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    Dormer/Roofline Issues

    I have a couple issues regarding the attached plan that I'm hoping someone can direct me in the best approach to solve. I have several locations where my roof planes overlap that I am not getting my exterior siding along with the area shown in the picture where I have a bit of missing wall as well. I already took care of one area by being able to place a straightforward dormer but the balance I thought was either a bit to cut up to try or not an area I'd really consider a dormer (not sure how well it would work). I can fix a couple of spots by just adding a face skinned with the exterior siding but in the area shown by the picture I included shows my missing wall that I mentioned before. I also have circled an anomaly caused by where I have the corresponding roof baseline located that I'm not sure how to solve either. Also, note that the plan is being drawn as the way the home exists at this time but I will be adding an addition to the front gable end to extend it out by 20 feet or so. My next question is regarding setting up roofs for rafters/trusses which I can select in the default roof settings for the plan. This house is mostly rafters but the front gable end is no doubt a scissors truss with 3/12 cathedral ceiling which I plan to continue into the new addition. Just not seeing where I can select trusses for individual roof planes. 1520 Pettibone Alt01.plan
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    Another Problem to go Along with the Last One I Posted

    Thanks Alaskan, checking "use layout line scaling" on each corresponding layout box fixed my problem, but my "Drawing Sheet Setup" is correct and I haven't changed it. I'm sure it has to do with me changing my scale when sending a plot plan to layout view several days ago and now that scale is always defaulting to what I previously selected. (1/4" = 8Ft) rather the 1/4"=1ft that I am using for these floor plans. Don't have a clue why it's still defaulting to that odd scale when I know I've sent several views to layout using the correct scale. Now I know several slipped by and ended up on the sheet at the 1/4" = 8ft and I had to rescale them but I don't know if these are the only ones that caused me problems or if it's more global. I think it was all plan views had problems and none of my elevations (which also default to the odd scale) did. My Elevations are giving other problems tho' which I mentioned in my other post, namely dimensions shifting that are part of the elevation view as well as grade lines shifting that were overlaid on the sheet's layout box (when printing to a pdf file).
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    Hidden Line Foundations in Elevations and Plotting Problem

    Yep, tried it there as well
  6. Never had this Problem before, in a rush to get some preliminary PDFs to the customer so I'm probably overlooking something simple. Take a look at several plan views in my attached PDF drawing package and notice the fat lines. I see nowhere where I can adjust the output and I've looked at all my layer lineweights and don't see anything amiss there either. Can't adjust anything in either PDF printer I'm trying to use as well. The only thing I messed with that I can remember was cranking up a hatch lineweight in the polygon box I was trying to use but I don't see how that would affect everything else. Anyone have a clue to what I am missing? ad_25500_167.pdf
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    Hidden Line Foundations in Elevations and Plotting Problem

    Joey, I figured I could change the wall linetype but never tried because of the reason of above grond lines that Ridge Runner gave, but I figured what the heck and just now attempted your suggestion - but without success. I can easily change the foundation wall linetype in the plan view but no matter what I try (ie. change linetype under wall type in the wall specification dialogue or all layers that pop up when I highlight the wall in the elevation view) I cannot get the elevation view to display the foundation as hidden lines.
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    Hidden Line Foundations in Elevations and Plotting Problem

    Yep I tried several pdf printers. or at least 2 and disregarded a third (Microsoft print to PDF does not print in D size). And one of the other 2 was the Chief Architect Print to PDF
  9. I'm creating Elevations in Line Drawing view and am attempting to display the foundation lines below grade as hidden. I'm trying to use a technique I've seen used before where you mask the area in a polyline box with a transparent background and the border whited out along with a diagonal fill hatch in white. My first issue is that even though I attempt to widen the spacing I've created between the dashes using line weight it appears that I'm not seeing a noticeable change in width in my Elevation View. I've attempted to check my work by printing to PDF but I have come across another problem that acts more like a bug in the program than an error that I have created. On the elevation that I've attempted to modify in this way my polyline box I have created prints as a large blank spot covering an area around twice that the box actually covers, taking out the house completely from just under the roof line and extending down past the elevation label. I also have problems that elevation dimensions creating in the view shift noticeably from layout to pdf. Lines that I have overlaid onto the said elevation depicting grades also shift wildly from layout to pdf print. I also have another elevation view on that same page that has ghosting and shifting of lines. I'd be pulling my hair out about now but... don't have enough to do so. Now it's been a while since 9488 Silverside 18 0127 sht 4 19 0215.pdf
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    Unable to break or trim contour lines

    Got it, thanks
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    Unable to break or trim contour lines

    Sorry about the spelling Alaskan...
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    Unable to break or trim contour lines

    Alasman Son, I double checked to make sure, but I'm not able to break the contour line using the break command that becomes available when said line is highlighted. It only places another vertex within the line at the point chosen.
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    Unable to break or trim contour lines

    Here I have attached a copy of my drawing file as well as a pdf markup and a couple pictures of the actual site. Note that at this point in time I'm showing the renovated home (a proposed complete teardown of the wood structure with a new addition to the basement at the front of the home along with an excavated new front porch - area of existing foundation to be raised with several courses of block) on the site's existing grade. My discussion at this time with the owner is whether to raise the existing foundation 2 block or 3 block, so until this is decided I have yet to show the lot with the added fill. 9488_Silverside_18_0127.plan 9488 Silverside 19 0127.pdf
  14. I'm back working on a project that I had put on hold for several months, and am having issues while trying to create topography that is consistent with the actual site. I recently went to the site with a laser level and got enough points to extrapolate out some actual contour lines in AutoCAD that I then brought into my project as elevation data. That worked well enough but there are several areas Chief Architect interpreted somewhat screwy as well as a couple of areas I wanted to modify that I'm not able to do. I want to add or modify a couple of spots with retaining walls and different elevations and I'm thinking the several problem areas are because I need to add terrain breaks. But I am having a real difficult time because I think my imported contour lines that cross continuous thru the areas I want to modify override any changes I'm attempting to make (like trying to add a terrain break or retaining wall that crosses over several contour lines). So my first thought is to just add a break or trim the contour line which with my long history of AutoCAD should be an easy thing to do... but no, it turns out it isn't. Even though when I highlight said elevation contour line and the modification ribbon at the bottom of my screen gives me the commands to do so... I frustratingly unable to get the job done. I can easily trim and break a dumb straight line or arc but no can do with either contour lines or splines. My only way I see out of this right now is delete my existing contour lines, go back into AutoCAD and trim and break there, then re-import the modified contours back into my drawing. In doing this I will no doubt have to do it several times before I get it right and being so unfamiliar with the process I worry about having considerable more time into the project and then having to backtrack to modify topography more. Am I missing anything here?