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    Remodeler/developer doing my own designs using Chief Architect.

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  1. JoeinNorCal

    Elevation / Terrain doozy

    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.
  2. JoeinNorCal

    Elevation / Terrain doozy

    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. ???
  3. JoeinNorCal

    Elevation / Terrain doozy

    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 the stairs to be a few inches ABOVE the height of the garage roof. The garage roof will actually be artificial grass. 1. Are there PARTICULAR videos or help topics that you can suggest to move me along at 20 mph, rather than just 5 mph? 2. Similar question about elevations for house floors and terrain. Floor 1 starts at 0", but elevations are absolute to sea level. Ugh. In my plan, they seem out of sync. Street at front of upslope site is 98 feet above sea level. Chief is showing it at -41 feet. My first floor, at 0", is about 20 feet above the street, or 120' above sea level. How do calibrate terrain to sea level? Thanks,
  4. JoeinNorCal

    Ray trace 3D object shadows

    Would one of you be so kind to tell me what PBR stands for? Thanks.
  5. JoeinNorCal

    3Dconnexion Spacemouse on Mac

    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).
  6. JoeinNorCal

    How to: "Which layer sets contain a particular layer?"

    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!
  7. JoeinNorCal

    How to: "Which layer sets contain a particular layer?"

    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. But given the disorganized way that I created this file, it could contain work that I don't want to delete, and which I should simply put on a layer that makes sense (now that I understand layers and layer sets). Any suggestions?
  8. 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.?
  9. Just curious. I should have watched a lot of them sooner!
  10. Alaska, You brilliant. Me Tarzan. That's why I called them "1st order stupids." Thank you.
  11. Hi all. Thank you in advance. I'm inexperienced in this forum, and "experienced" in CA via brute force. Which means that I've got a very confused plan, which, however, I HAVE used to get permits, for MY OWN complex residential remodel. In California, we get permits any way we can! I've finally committed to learning to use CA correctly so that I can create "accurate" renderings for marketing purposes to help virtually sell this house during pandemic. Please forgive my apparent lack of manners and 1st order stupids in plan. I believe that I HAVE changed all the layers in my reference display layer set to red. That change doesn't show. If however, I define reference set lines as dashes rather than solid, THAT change does show. There is other related display stuff happening that I don't understand - other things show up dashed.... I don't yet know how to upload images, so have attached PDFs. My plan is 158 MB. I couldn't upload it. Discouraging way to start my day! Screen Shot 2020-05-08 at 9.42.53 AM.pdf Screen Shot 2020-05-08 at 9.43.13 AM.pdf
  12. JoeinNorCal

    reference floor layer set x12

    Thanks Solver and Ridge. I think I have it set correctly, BUT IT'S STILL NOT CHANGING TO RED. Screen Shot 2020-05-07 at 11.12.26 PM.pdf
  13. JoeinNorCal

    reference floor layer set x12

    Hi Solver and maybe DianeP, I have a very similar question. I switched to X-12 today, 5/7/20. I have tried several ways (inc. all listed above) to change everything displayed in my reference display layer set from black to red. It won't change. Thanks, Joe Until I figure out how to put in my signature: X-12, MacPowerBook
  14. JoeinNorCal

    Hillside renovation

    Learning Chief while building project.
  15. JoeinNorCal

    wrong colored deck rim joist ....

    Thanks all! It's fixed. Not correctly, but it works for me. ALL my deck railings happen to be "interior railings." That one just didn't have the correct exterior material. As to the project... This is my FIRST project in Chief. One of the hardest things was that the 2nd floor is actually a split level, with two different floor heights. And my 4th floor is actually a combination of Floors 4 and 5.... On the other hand, I am learning more quickly than the local building department is able to process permits, and the market is screaming hot, so going slowly has, ironically, been to my benefit, even with expensive borrowed money..... But the little technical challenges have sometimes driven me insane. Nice to know I'm not the only one, and that this forum is probably my saving grace. THANK YOU ALL !