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    Mill Valley, CA
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    Remodeler/developer doing my own designs using Chief Architect.

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  1. What is the practice for numbering a set of plans with revision clouds and numbers? Does one use a different system for numbering revisions triggered by the owner/designer, versus the plan check review? How would you number this scenario? I submitted a set of plans dated 7/16/20, with changes triggered by my engineer. Those changes were identified in clouds with 8 in triangle. Building department responds with "plan check comments #1" that includes 5 questions. When you respond to those questions with clouded changes in your plans, what number is tied to those clouds?
  2. I'm switching computers - from one MacBook Pro to another. I've moved my license, so Chief is running on the new machine, but it's not customized the way that I like it. Where are the little, but important preference files saved on a Mac so that I can move them to my new computer and getting Chief looking and behaving the way that I'm used to. Thanks.
  3. Easy one for Sunday morning (at least in California).... Suggestions for how to model plumbing vent pipes? Only thing I've found so far are "cylinders," which I think would work pretty well. Anybody with more experience have suggestions? Venting in my current project is a bit of a challenge, so I would like to actually put into plan to share with all trades to avoid conflicts.
  4. Is there a way to have the different configurations of doors and windows in the same wall, perhaps on different layers or plan views, so that I can quickly swap between two different plan AND 3D views? I am building a space that I want to be flexible for the future, without having to make any structural changes: either open space as part of a "separate" in-law unit, or possibly 2 bedrooms incorporated into the house above. Open space has 2 windows, then door, then 2 more windows. 2 bedrooms have 1 window, then door, then wall, then door, then window UNDER the same header
  5. Hi David! I'm getting closer.... Have spend shelter in place watching a lot of videos and reading a lot of Chief help pop-ups. I'm much improved. Still, Chief can be frustrating. But not nearly as bad as the local planning department...
  6. By your accurate description, I am whacky. But you have provided me with a map. Thanks. And yes, by "ground elevation" I meant the level of the terrain in my model, as set by a line, at the entrance to Floor 1.
  7. Thanks Robert. Perimeter has no elevation associated with it, per help. So I put an elevation line in at the entrance to the first floor. To have the ground be at Floor 1 = 0", I had to make the ground elevation be -280". Then I created other elevation data above and below that to build my slope. The result is that Chief is telling me that the front of my lot is 32' below sea, when in reality, it is 98' above sea level. ???
  8. Hi all. I picked a challenge for my first CA project, a very complex remodel. I am the owner, working closely with a contractor. I'm in Phase 3, seeking a permit to excavate a garage into a hillside, the roof of which will be a front yard. There are existing stairs (public) that go up the hill adjacent to my property, as shown. I've looked at terrain in help, watched videos, etc., and I'm getting there, with combination of foundation walls, terrain breaks, stairs, elevations regions, points, etc, but this is a GRIND for me. I'm trying to get the terrain between the garage and
  9. Would one of you be so kind to tell me what PBR stands for? Thanks.
  10. Spacemouse has very limited functionality on MacOS running Catalina (10.15). Under Mojave (10.14) it did MOST of the things it can do on Windows, so worth it. Under Catalina is has become worthless. The ball is in Chief's court, per my notes below (after multiple calls back and forth between 3DX and CA).
  11. Thank you. So far, I've found it used in an old 3D view, though I still haven't found what it is. Will keep plugging!
  12. Thanks all. Chopsaw's summary of my original question is correct. Also, I'm on a Mac, so I can't use his trick to buzz through my currently too-many layer sets. I have a layer called "Layer 3," from when I was just beginning. I have no idea what's on it. But there is a + sign in the layer description, showing that it IS being used, SOMEWHERE. I went to "all off" layer set and set "Layer 3" to display. I can't find anything, on any floor. I've used select all, made sure that I'm looking at my whole workspace, etc. It SEEMS like it's a layer that I should delete in my cleanup.
  13. Cleaning up layer sets, old layers, and trying to be efficient with my various views. In a layer set, I can see used layers. Is there a way to see the reverse: "Go to" a layer and see which layer sets it's in.?
  14. Just curious. I should have watched a lot of them sooner!