• Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by MoeGia

  1. Plus one. I would prefer to set my arrow attachments to the first line as well.
  2. You can back into the correct size pattern and texture by trial an error. In an elevation view, draw a brick the size you want. In vector view, modify your pattern to be the size of the brick. Then change to standard view and modify the texture to fit your CAD brick. It's fiddly but works and will help with figuring offsets.
  3. Create a second floor. Set the default ceiling height at 1.5". create rooms over the garage and for the large dormer to 24" or whatever height you think the knee walls are. Mark your gables and let auto-roofs do it's thing. Tinker with the heights until you get what close to what you want. You'll have to do some manual editing. Turn off auto-roofs and adjust. Set the default ceiling height to full ceiling height. The front dormer roof eaves will have to be manually pulled down. .
  4. In X15 you can fade elevations and sections so things in the distance appear lighter. Click on the camera symbol in plan and look for a faint (very faint) duplicate camera line which starts and stops the fade. You can pull it back and forth in the direction of the camera to change how the elevation appears. I'm not at my computer so may not be giving you the proper directions. Try the help files for proper instructions. PS. I'm not sure the fade is automatically set with cameras in plans brought forward, but it's a good feature to understand.
  5. That frame along the floor is pretty but not practical. Your toes will be banging into it every time you use the sink, and it'll be a nightmare to clean under there. Not a vanity I would want. That's not answering the question, but just my two cents.
  6. Make sure you have Chief set to use the RTX. Your laptop may have an onboard video chip that Chief is using. Go to Preferences, Rendering, Video Card Status and tick the 'Use RTX'. Also check this thread:
  7. From a design perspective, I would move the windows into the porch, or out of the porch. Or I would add a second window to each side with one in the porch, and one outside. Or I would adjust the size of the porch to avoid splitting the windows. I think it would look much nicer. My two cents.
  8. I'm in Massachusetts and we are using the 2021 IECC with Massachusetts amendments. The allowable HERS ratings are lower, with trade-off credits allowed for electric heat pumps, solar, etc. You need a solar ready zone and setup for future hook-up. Electric vehicle charging WIRING is required, not installation. Large additions now require a HERS rating. An ERV/HRV system is required. There are many trade-offs. For instance, IECC says R-60 in the ceilings but with the Stretch Code, but we can still do R-49. I wish it was one size fits all. For Massachusetts, tighter requirements are coming in July 2024. Best to read the documentation!
  9. Another great contribution to all of us. Thanks Chris!
  10. I'd prefer to have solid blocking. The ladder framing creates lots of cozy spaces for bees unless the top and bottom are screened.
  11. There are some in the library that may work for you. Or may be a starting point to get exactly what you are after.
  12. I would try an outdoor room that includes the stairs. The terrain will naturally cut around it which will be much easier to deal with.
  13. It's time for a refresh of the deck framing tools. Decks are much more refined than when the deck tools were developed. They need some love!
  14. You could set up the elevations in your template plan and template layout plan. That way they are already present in the layout. When you start a new plan from template, drag your cameras to the locations you want. You'll still have to adjust the width of some layout boxes, but it'll be a good start. You can also copy/paste cameras and relink now so you can copy/paste template cameras to a non-template plan, and relink. I also do this with details. It saves some time.
  15. In my experience this happens when I have a roof over (covered deck). I've since checked retain framing and it has resolved.
  16. I have seen it multiple times in X15. When I reported it, I was told to check 'retain framing'. It's different behavior from X14. Maybe it was a bug before???
  17. To move an irregular shaped area, draw a polyline around the area you want to move, select it, then select edit area (all floors?), transform/replicate and move the desired distance.
  18. I've requested the Dashboard show the full file name for all the above reasons. I open my plans from Explorer too. Without be able to compare multiple full file names at a glance, there's too much of a chance of getting the wrong one. I do a lot of production plan work. I try not to change plan names so there is no relinking. I often have multiple plans open with the same name, which isn't great but, overall, it's easier for me. My file management is a very stripped down version of Rene's, or more like Alan's. I label all PDFs with the date first so they sort by date and leave all PDFs in the main folder. Once again, I want to see things at a glance.
  19. I don't know if this is still the case but it sounds like it is. At some point, I was no longer able to print directly to my HP plotter. I had to print to PDF, then send to the plotter. I don't know what was changed but Chief couldn't communicate with the plotter. The upside is you now have a digital record of what was printed.
  20. I would place the Zip system as an exterior layer. You could set it up as two exterior layers; the foam next to the studs and the OSB between the foam and the siding. That would give you the proper visual in plan and section. If you need the Zip to report to the material list, you'll need to change how the layers report (Label the OSB layer as the Zip panel type, don't include the foam). I don't use the materials list but I'm sure someone else will comment.
  21. There are a few Mod/Retro Bonus Catalogs you could download from Chief.
  22. Also, from the top menu, go to Library, choose Update Catalogs. If the downloads are on your computer, it will update your library. It's good to do this occasionally so you keep current. But I suspect the downloads aren't on your computer, or if they are, they haven't been imported to your library. First do a search in Explorer for *.calibz to see if they are on your computer. You can import them from there; Library, Import. If they are not on your computer, you'll have to download them or get them from your computer manager or fellow students.