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  1. Two ways that I can think of quickly... 1 - Wall material region along the top edge of wall 2 - Create a pony wall with the top section of the pony wall to have a thinner interior layer than the wall type below. See screen clips:
  2. I've done a little testing. I created a new plan. Created a similar wall type. I did not have this issue. Rafters built what I'd call, maybe it's something in the way you have your wall defined. Send it in to Chief...see what they think.
  3. @HumbleChief - I believe (and I'm guessing) that the reason is that Chief takes the pitch and creates the baseline, when you open a wall and change the pitch, the baseline is still locked at the position created by the higher pitched roof....which pushes the lower roof down. I'm don't go to the bank with this info.
  4. Stairs go back a long way too...and the stair tool is lacking also. I hope I live long enough to see some improvement in the stair tool...
  5. @ChiefJeet Here's a video using your plan... ChiefJeet - auto rebuild roof using lowest pitch first - Watch Video
  6. @ChiefJeet What I'm saying is correct to a degree...see video. If I'm missing something I'm sure someone will let me know Starting with lowest pitch w/Auto Rebuild Roofs - Watch Video
  7. If you are going to use auto have to start with the lowest pitch. Then, auto build the roof. Leave "auto rebuild roofs" turned on. Now...move to the 2nd floor and open each wall for edit, roof tab, and change the pitch to 35 degrees. The roof will auto build and all your rafters will be in the correct elevation.
  8. Alternate strategy; Create the molding as Glenn described...draw a small section of it...maybe without the handrail and convert this small section into a railing panel symbol. This can drop a doorway into the railing and create an opening. will have to place breaks into the molding polyline. Not a big deal...but creating the railing panel is simple and becomes part of the wall. Chief always provides more than one to accomplish things...
  9. @J_Mack - Eric's idea is the best and quickest The steps: Check "shelf ceiling" Uncheck "flat ceiling over this room" In the structure area...specify the height of the ceiling in the room - 90"
  10. You could make the wall a "pony wall". Std Interior-4 on bottom (90" tall) and a new wall type on top...make it a single layer wall and use "open no material" as the material type for the wall. Align the walls. If you need a wall cap use a molding polyline. Also...make the "open no material-4" wall type a "partition wall"...otherwise it'll remove your ceiling material the width of the wall. The only downside is that in vector view the material will appear solid.... See below;
  11. to quote JB..."c'mon man". I'll admit to a new user it can seem a bit overwhelming (aka confusing) but not if you stop to think about it. Chief gives us the power to setup a typical floor/ceiling platform default. You can then move to the floor defaults and make changes to those floor platforms as needed. So...lets say you have a 3-story house placed on a monolithic slab. You can set your floor/ceiling platform default to be wood framed (9.25" joists + OSB), then open your Floor Levels>1st Floor and change the 1st floor to 4" concrete...which of course is not your "default" floor platform...but it's now the default for the 1st Floor. Now, head on over to Foundation and check the box "hang 1st floor platform inside foundation walls". have a default platform...but you also have a 1st Floor default. When you build the 2nd and 3rd floors you will get a wood floor with OSB sheathing. If you had specified the 4" concrete as your default platform to accommodate your desire for a 4" slab on grade floor on the 1st Floor...then, all your floors in your plan would be built this way. You shouldn't have to change the framing defaults as long as the "floor structure" box is checked in the framing DBX....which typically it always is unless you deliberately changed this in the template plan you are using. As far as "rooms" go. My suggestion is you don't mess with changing anything in a room unless the floor or ceiling system has to be modified to accommodate a condition. Otherwise...just change your defaults.'s not confusing.
  12. @KellySantaRosa - Open the dialogue for the callout, navigate to the "attributes" tab and change the weight. This only changes the weight of the line itself. Change Attribute lineweight for Callout - Watch Video
  13. If you specify that the foundation builds to the OSB...then, the foundation plate will center itself on the main layer of the wall above it. The only time Chief gives us some minimal control over the width of the foundation plate is when you specify that the foundation aligns to the outside edge of the main layer of the wall above.
  14. One more thing - you may want to check out some reviews on YouTube regarding the 10-core iMac. Most benchmark tests reveal that it’s not a worthwhile upgrade.
  15. @RRABuilders - I recently purchased a new Intel based MAC. If you can wait…I’d wait. The graphics card on the MAC isn’t going to get you real time ray tracing. X13 crashes on my brand new and quite powerful MAC at least once a day.
  16. @Kbird1 @DeLayDesign If you specify that the foundation builds to "fir framing"...basically the outer edge of the main layer of your exterior wall...then, you can change the size of the foundation plate up to the width of the foundation wall. For instance, you can specify a 2x8 foundation plate and use a 2x4 exterior wall...if you specify that the foundation builds to "fir framing". However, if you specify a 2x10 inch foundation plate...the 2x10 will center itself on the main layer of your exterior wall. The foundation plate works great as long as it's not wider than the foundation wall itself....and if you specify that the foundation builds to the "fir framing" layer of your exterior wall. Chief is crazy...
  17. @Kbird1 - yes, modifying the auto detail fill works for sections…but if you size the foundation plate too large it could stick through the wall and depending on layer settings the plate might appear through the siding in an elevation or 3D view. A good practice is to define the foundation wall plate the size of the wall above so the 3D model builds correctly - and then make mods to any wall sections.
  18. Yes...I agree, the plate should not center on the wall should align with the edge of the foundation wall. Especially since you specify the size of the plate in the foundation wall specification dialogue. It should...but, it doesn't work that way and hasn't for as long as I've used the program.
  19. @DeLayDesign - See video for explanation of how to build your foundation to the OSB layer. The answer is related to the plate width defined in your foundation wall default. Adam Delay - Building Foundation to OSB Layer - Watch Video
  20. @Ed_Orum - Did you review the plan I attached. One room is 9'-2"...the other is 97.125. Took me all of about 5 seconds. Just FYI...I teach people how to use, if interested contact me. I'd be happy to help you out with's quite simple really. See attached Sections from the plan I attached;
  21. @Ed_Orum - I gave it a shot...the room divider worked for me. Not sure I've done what you need...but take a look. The foundation walls were not aligned with the walls above...and the default reference layer set was weird so I modified it. I also changed the default "sun" be generic and sun follows camera. This helps when looking at 3D elevations etc. GleasonFrontEntry - FIXED.plan
  22. @DIYJon - Made you a short "how to" video...hope it gets you started on the right foot Jon - Chief Architect Boot Camp Quickie... - Watch Video
  23. You will have to create that molding using polyline solids. I'd start with a polyline...edit as needed and then convert to a solid. You might want to take an elevation view of the cabinet...then convert that elevation into CAD using "Cad Detail from View". In the CDFV all the lines and move them to a new layer...and lock them. Then use the CAD, Default layer to draw your molding. I's a lot of work.
  24. I this place stairs because I thought it might be required…but it didn’t make a difference. Does this feature only work on exterior walls?