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  1. JamesR

    evil roof design

    Do we have a signature bot now?! That would be awesome...Eric's post count might be cut in half --Jamie
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    CA training options

    Hey folks, I have an opportunity to go to the Atlanta Chief Architect 2-day training seminar this year, and wanted to get some feedback from anyone that has done CA-sponsored training recently. I've gone through about 95% of the training videos done by CA, that was probably the number one thing that drew me here as opposed to some of the other design software out there. While I consider myself intermediate in skills and knowledge, I am far from efficient with my time and process. I often am redoing steps as I get farther into a plan and probably doing things the most convoluted way possible. So, the two options I was looking at to help improve my skills were the 2-day seminar mentioned above and the live Intermediate webinar courses put on by CA. Obviously, I think the 2-day in-person training will probably be better, but is it worth the 4X cost vs the webinar? Not to mention being absent from the "day job" for two whole days. I'm really just wanting to hear from people that have taken one or both of these training and what their thoughts are. Thanks, --Jamie
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    End truss question

    Hey folks, I was wondering does CA automatically form gable wall end trusses around openings? I'm asking because obviously its not for me, but before I spend an hours researching why its not working, I wanted to see if its even functionally that is present. Thanks, --Jamie
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    2D demonstration of a shed Help

    If you are getting the fixture dialog box when you double click or hit ctrl+E, then it looks like you missed a key step in Chopsaw's post. You need to convert the view to a CAD detail. Search help for how to accomplish that. Once its a CAD detail, the entire view is made up of polylines, so you should be able to get the exact length, angle, etc when you double click on a segment. --Jamie
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    Truss bottom cord lenght

    Well, life got in the way of things for a few weeks, but I finally had time to get back and look at this. Chopsaw - your method looks to generate exactly what I would expect for an end truss, thanks. I tried everything you mentioned except the new wall definition without framing, and I am still getting a truss that has a big opening in it. The change in the wall definition to remove framing seems to work, but deleting the framing layer makes the wall thickness ~1". I'd like to avoid having a workaround that deviates from reality so drastically. Anyone have an idea why the end trusses are generating like they are? Another workaround that I can think of is having the gable walls balloon through (as Chopsaw mentions) and have them frame traditionally. However, this does reflect how the building will be built, and the end trusses wouldn't show up in the truss schedule, which I would like it to. Appreciate the input. Thanks, --Jamie
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    Truss bottom cord lenght

    Thanks Eric, Chopsaw, and Glenn. I got the truss to form correctly on the top plate. New issue is I'm trying to change the two out-most trusses to dropped gable end trusses, and they change from the attic configuration, but not to what I would expect. They have this big honking hole in the middle like I have a window there, but there are no openings on the gable wall. I suspect its something to do with the little attic walls I have on the Attic floor, then opening is approximately the same width as those walls, but I'm not sure what settings would affect the truss framing like this. Without any windows, I would expect the end truss to be straight studs 16" o.c. Any ideas? Two Story with Porch - Truss.plan
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    Truss bottom cord lenght

    Hey everyone, thanks for the quick replies. Chopsaw - I have the no birdsmouth checked in the defaults, but doesn't seem to make a difference. Glen - I've deleted and recreated the truss several times, but same thing happens...definition of insanity? Eric - Do you have a complete screenshot of the dbx? I have my options setup as shown, but it is still bearing on the interior of the top plate. As for the "Ignore top floor" option, I'm following CA's KB article about creating a loft area, which instructs to select that option when building the roof planes. Not sure how I would get the FROG otherwise. Thanks, --Jamie
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    Truss bottom cord lenght

    Hi folks, I have a 24' wide building I'm trying to generate an attic truss over. Is there a setting that controls where the bottom cord of the truss bears on the top plate? In the left tab below, I would like the top cord/bottom cord intersection to be on the outside of the main framing layer (left side of the 2x4 wall). This would of course lead to a 24' length for the dimension that is 23'-6 3/8" now in the right tab. What am I missing here? Thanks, --Jamie Two Story with Porch - Truss.plan
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    Symbol labels

    I assume if we've jumped to Ruby programming right off the bat there isn't a system/dialog box option I'm overlooking or don't know about? Thanks, --Jamie
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    Symbol labels

    Hi folks, Is there a way to control the justification of symbol labels? I would like the text to be centered in the example below. I've been into the Fixture Specifications dbx and don't see any options for the label justification. Thanks, --Jamie
  11. Hey folks, I was wondering how experienced users model built-in bookshelves in their plans? It seems like full height cabinets would be ideal, except I'm not sure how things like casing and face frames on the shelves would be handed. I'm sure I could build the whole thing from poly-solids, but that seems pretty labor intensive. I'm hoping there are some other tips/tricks on getting the custom built-in look. Thanks, --Jamie
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    Half wall-soffit interaction

    Thanks again everyone. Mick - This is my first upgrade cycle, so I'm alittle gun shy to move over to X11 wholesale, but I do have it installed. I'm sure in the future it won't scare me as much. Michael - Do you mean putting them in an architectural block? --Jamie
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    Half wall-soffit interaction

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    Half wall-soffit interaction

    Thanks folks. I knew about the polyline solid, but had not thought of using a custom countertop. However, that goes along with Chief having 5 tools to do any one task. With the p-solid and countertop approach, I assume lighting will not recognize it as a ceiling surface and I will have to manually set the height of all cans and pendents? And do we think the behavior of the half-wall and soffit are normal, or a bug? Thanks, --Jamie
  15. Hello folks, I have a half wall framed for a two-level counter top in a basement space. There are soffits/bulkheads above the wall concealing mechanicals. When I generate a 3D view, it looks like the half wall, who's height is 40", is cutting into the soffit above (100" height). Any ideas how to prevent this? I've tried a couple of the options in the Wall>Structure tab, but nothing that has changed the behavior. I can post the plan if its not a settings/obvious issue. Thanks, --Jamie