jorgearaya

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  1. John, Create a wall assembly (Wall definitions) with two or more framing layers to get the right depth, the inside (facing the e wall) should have no material, the outside should have the x material or your choice. Draw the wall next to the existing wall, put a break where it changes height, take a clipped camera view, grab the wall that you need the soffit on from the bottom and drag up to the desired height and frame it. If you need horizontal framing, use a roof plane (adjust its elevation so it is flush with the wall), strip it down to just the rafters and place it in between the wall framing (top and bottom), add sub fascia as needed to create the ends of the framing. Review and adjust the assembly or the framing as needed. Good luck!
  2. If you can create the door style you want, you can also create a wall with the thickness and layers and material you need to match the doors, the doors can be the end walls and the doors at the same time. Does that make sense? In other words the 4 foot panels can be doors or windows that just sit there along with the actual doors. If you don't want the wall to show apply a transparent material to it. Good luck. This one kept me entertained, and it showed how versatile CA is, the various ways each finds to create things is amazing. Here's my door concept, using stock doors, if the time is invested in making the shoji screens to match, it is rather simple to do. One 1" wall with no material, the rest is the same door all around, I left the jambs so you can see the doors. Have fun!
  3. Kurt, I don't think such setting exist, but, even if there was one, it is easier just to place the receptacles CA thinks the room needs and then adjust them to meet your code. Meeting the minimum code requirements may not necessarily be what one needs for outlet placement in a room, unless no design is needed the rule of thumb is to place the first outlet 6ft from the door and then space the rest 12ft o.c. Any wall spaces that are at least 2ft will also take one receptacle. Receptacles over 60" high don't count. Hope this helps.
  4. I’ve been doing this for many years now, I have a locked layer for my origin, and I call it just that, Origin, I use a marker instead. Additionally I have a set canvas area in another locked layer that defines the extents of my work area and my elevation cameras are set at each limit of the canvas center lines. Great to see how others come up with similar tricks.
  5. How big is the existing house? Are there plans for it? How big is the property? Are there plans for it? All electric may not work, no credit on electric resistance water heaters, will have to be a heat pump of the sorts or it won’t comply w Energy, how close is the ADU to the home? Is the home existing? How many bathrooms in the existing home? Who’s doing the solar? What jurisdiction?
  6. Ben, is there anything being done to correct this problem? Thank you,
  7. I keep tabs with the forum on and off, unable to reply on most posts, but this one I just have to steal the time from other tasks!! I will call it a break instead. The code update cycle is still going on and keeping me awake! I get asked this question all the time and my answer is very simple, too much has changed! Take the time to read each book and get your head around the changes sooner than later, yes, each book. CBC, CRC, CEC, CPC, CMC, GBS, BEES or CEC (we have two CEC's now) in addition to learn if there were any changes to each muni code of the jurisdictions you work with... Don't forget the Utility Company books may have also gotten updates. Good luck!! Guess who had the most and worst changes?
  8. No more mangos? this is probably the biggest downside of these “professional” programs, not suited for production builder work. Theres nothing keeping you from having the options on the same drafting area like you do in AutoCAD, the canvas area is large enough to have them there. This has always been an issue with the BIM platforms, even the design options in Revit are not fully developed for this type of work. Theres no way in Chief to have several design options on the same floor plan and turn on/off as needed, even in AutoCAD most people won’t draft them superimposed, but, rather will draw the options on the side and then send to the viewports from there. i would like to hear what happened after this single post.
  9. The sketch export won’t be of any use in Chief, you’ll have to redraw over the 2d. I wished the Chief mobile app would work like sketch does, Chief’s mobile app is nowhere near the sketch capabilities. Ha!
  10. Hello, the answer to the question is no. Whether or not the code official interprets the code that way The code restricts it where it states “provided the door does not swing over the landing or floor” The reasoning behind it is that one should not expect a drop when exiting an out swing door I would also require the outswing door to be protected from the weather when in its open position via an awning. outswing doors also create a flashing issue with weep screeds.
  11. And likely will continue to the next versions! https://chieftalk.chiefarchitect.com/topic/21960-new-licensing-informational/
  12. Hello all, I have a general question if you’d be so kind to answer. is anyone using Chief Architect to design and draft for production builders? This is more for those who use Chief in an office environment with multiple seats and drafters. What is your biggest benefit using Chief? What is your biggest setback using Chief? how do you approach and present options? Multiple users per project? How many licenses/seats? Thanks!!
  13. Is anyone interested in iso planes? I searched the forums for isometric CAD drawings and found several people looking to create gas ISO’s to comply with jurisdictions Chief does not have an isometric plane function in CAD or plan view (unless you move to 3D) I noticed that even simple iso circles are not an easy thing to do. Typically I just turn to AutoCAD and take care of business there, but, not everyone has AutoCAD.
  14. Have you checked the reference manual? page 1343 perhaps?
  15. More productive in framing... What exactly do you mean? Are you trying to do foundation plans? lateral plans? Floor framing? Subfloor framing? Roof framing? Are you trying to model these in 3D? If so, what for? CAD work should be done in CAD, not in Chief. Or take the time and learn the cad tools in Chief, add your own shortcuts, set your lines, line types, weights, layers on a layer set, give it a try.
  16. Manufacturer’s specifications trump the code.
  17. Late into this, but for future reference, the code does not limit the length of the vent, it says that one can use the manufacturer specifications. Most dryers have up to 30 feet vent capacities. Read the CRC section again.
  18. I agree, we should have more control over the ellipse so that actual diameter could be entered. I should have said create a cube in ISO and add circles to each face, try different diameters. Standard ISO angles of 30, 90, 150 Notice that there are no trim/extend options available for working with ISO Circles (Ellipse)
  19. Nice "ISO" try making circles in that, have fun! Top, right and left. Good luck.
  20. Slanted walls have not made it to Chief yet, I hope they show up on future updates. If you are willing to spend the time and model these types of walls, you could: Draw the wall in AutoCAD and import it as a symbol with stretch planes. Create a symbol in Chief for it, using p-line solids, add doors and windows (you'd have to revert to the original plan where the symbol was created to make edits and re save as symbol). Last but, more complex is roof planes, the issue will be that they auto-create other parts when close to a wall or ceiling. As far as the comment about the structure, that is up for debate, slanted walls are nothing new, are used in commercial buildings all the time.
  21. A good read is the post about stressing Chief, he sheds light on several issues, you’d have to skip a lot of the babble (no disrespect intended) and focus in what the graphics do. And I noted this before in other posts, the differences between gaming (altered cards by laptop makers) and professional grade cards that utilize OEM drivers made to handle larger amounts of polygons. One of the reasons why Macs perform great. The other thing I always fail to mention is that I exclusively do construction documents, I am not reaching out to the library for anything other than basic fixtures and whatever few solids required.
  22. I’m not an expert, but I use several video cards. Nvidia Quadro is a professional grade card, I run that on a Lenovo P52s and Chief works fine, I see issues with AutoCAD it doesn’t like it. Radeon Pro 555 also a professional grade, and runs all just fine no lags (Chief, ArchCAD, AutoCAD) Basic intel integrated card seems to do great too! Chief recommends “gaming” cards not professional grade. Nvidia gtx 1080 or AMD’s
  23. It is a secondary overflow drain, look at https://www.zurn.com/products/building-drainage/roof-drains for options and details
  24. Michael, I have been giving my thoughts about all of them here, on and off yes. Softplan made a big jump with 2020 playing catchup to Chief, not there yet though. There's always room to improve, especially working with different tools (To be efficient, you must stop trying to do in one tool what the other tool does better) Does that make sense?