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    Jonathan 3891

    I have 63 default sets setup the same or similar to yours, each default set is linked to a layer set with the same name.

    This allows using only one template with the ability use multiple plan scales for different plan sheets within one plan set, ie. floor plan, structural steel plan, deck plan etc.

    I have had CA setup like this for years ever since we had annotations sets before default sets, once setup it is quick and easy to use.

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  2. I have done a few designs with opening louvre roofs.

    Attached is overviews of opening roofs I have done in CA, not very good images though.

    Attached are 3D symbols I have made up to represent an opening roof, not perfect but looks OK.

    In the file are the poly solids I use to create the opening roofs size/shape and then I convert it to a symbol.

    If any use all are welcome to them.



    Holiday House w' Opening Roof.jpg

    Waik House w' Opening Roof.jpg

    Opening Roofs.calibz

  3. Quote: "So you're saying that because another company used the wrong terminology that it's "Standard" now?; 2 wrongs don't make a right."

    Just pointing out that MiTek, a US International Company which is leader in the supply of construction fixings etc widely use the term "outrigger".

    As you would know terms used in different countries differ to decribe different construction methods, materials, terms and items, 

    We in NZ have many other different terms which are mainly handed down from English origins, ie; we have door architraves and skirting, you have casings and base mouldings and the list can go on forever, whos right?

    Original terms and decriptions go way back to the Greeks, Romans, Euorpeans, English and other countries, pre our colonial days, they were all designing and building before all of us.

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    Next time you start a New Plan, you should be able to open up your roof settings, check trusses, and the heel height should be your desired value.

    This is only true if the VSD and the roof pitch remains the same.

    Greater truss spans may require the top and bottom chord to have a greater depth.

    Steeper roof pitches increases the depth of the top chord.

    Therefore the heal height would be different in each case as the VSD increases or decreases.

    Standard trusses are not specified as having a heel height.

  5. A  Standard Truss:

    A standard truss has no heal height.

    The bottom of the bottom chord sits on the top of the top plate and extends out to the wall framing exterior face where it intersects with the top chord.

    The top chord under side sits on the bottom chord where the bottom chord meets the wall framing exterior face.

    The truss heal height or energy heal height is the height from the top of the top plate to the top of the top chord vertically above the wall framing exterior face.

    An energy heal serves two main purposes, one to increase the distance between the top an bottom chords to increase the structural span of a truss, the other to provide a greater depth between the bottom chord and the under side of the roof for increased insulation depth for higher insulation R-values.


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  6. I create a CAD dashed line box called "set-out frame" on its own layer.

    The set-out frame overall size (height and width) defines the extend of the drawing area for a floor plan or cross section on the plan/cross section sheet.

    The set-out frame size is determined by the plan scale that it is sent to the layout, also the layout sheet size.

    Once the plan sheet is sent to the layout and centred or placed on the layout sheet as required, you then turn the "set-out frame" layer "off" so it is not displayed on the layout sheet.

    In my library I have a range of set-out frame sizes already set up for different scales.


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  7. I have been with CA since version 10.

    During this period I have seen it develop into an excellent program as others have.

    Over the years the loyal support of the users have allowed the company and the program to progress to it's current day position.

    Business is a contract between a seller and a buyer, a moderate approach to change should have a mutual benefit to all.

    Chief Architect, excellent program, excellent service, excellent price, excellent value, excellent partnership, I trust these values are maintained. 


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  8. 21 hours ago, DBCooper said:

    Try setting your "number style" to decimal mm and then you can set the height to 1.5.


    Thanks DBC, I have experimented with the height in decimal mm, that alters the text height as required.

    But how do you relate the "line style text height" to the desired text height for different required scaled plans.

  9. Another question re line styles which include text with the line

    It seems that the standard OOB font/text size for all is set to 1.0mm (in my case metric)

    How do you determine the font/text size to suit the different printed scales

    If you adjust the text size from 1.0mm to 2.0mm the text in most cases is too large 

  10. Another example were they are most useful:

    Over concrete foundation lines, load bearing post foundation lines, load bearing beams etc.

    When positioning load bearing walls/posts or roof loads on the floor levels above it clarifies where the load can be placed/distributed over the foundations, posts or bearers etc below.


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  11. Yes this is an issue with "plain text" when migrating from X13 to X14.

    It is caused by having a "mix" of tabbed text lines and un-tabbed text lines in the same text DBX.

    I have the same problem with all my "plain text" notes in my saved templates and hundreds of saved text notes in my library.

    I have reported it to Tech Support and they say that it is a complicated problem that is hard to fix and they do no intend to fix it.

    The only suggestion they had was to convert all my notes to "rich text", a huge undertaking.

    I would report it, it may help get the issue fixed.

  12. Had similar CA X14 lockups and crashes for no reason.

    On occasions with CA open I notice the following, if I view photos of the project I am working in Windows Photos, sometimes CA will freeze up and when this happens the power useage for CA is very high. I can not do anything with CA it's frozen. The only choice is to click on any other programs that are open or to end the CA program with the Task Manager.


  13. Hi Eric

    I agree the problem is in the program and how it handles this situation, it always has been this way that I can remember.

    I am not saying the roof planes should be raised or lowered.

    I am saying that by adjusting the gable fascia and sub fascia you can improve the appearance.

    The gable fascia and sub fascia should be set to the same size on all roof plans so they match all around.

    My suggested is only a work around to enhance the appearance. maybe some else has a better suggestion.

  14. The vertical height of the gable fascia (angled) is greater than the vertical height of the eaves fascia (horizontal).

    Take a cross section looking at the back of the junction and by making the gable fascia and sub fascia size smaller to suit you can align it to get the junctions looking better. I align the bottoms of the fascia boards fist and adjust the sub fascia so that the soffits align where they meet the fascia boards.


  15. Railing Down over the Front of Deck Platform

    Build the deck to the correct size and draw a railing and make the railing Invisible.

    Draw another rail outside the deck and configure it how you want (no shoe, etc) and make it No Room Definition.

    In elevation, select the rail, uncheck railing to make it a plain wall (this allows you to drag the bottom of the wall down over the deck edge).

    Drag the bottom of the wall/railing down past the deck, re-check to make it a rail again.

    Making it from a railing allows you to modify balusters, newels, spacings, heights, handrail, etc

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