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  1. Mick, When I purchased this new machine I nearly begged Dell to let me stay on Windows 11. Nope. So I am testing a new card, a new version of Chief and one of the guinea pigs of Windows 11. Joy, happy joy, joy. This is an XPS 8950, next to me is an XPS 8940 I bought less than a year ago, but would not receive the new 3080Ti, so out came my wallet. When Chief gets back to me on Monday, I will record my session and post it to my YouTube Channel. I am not the best video maker, and just started it earlier this month, but it is coming along nicely and my clients really enjoy seeing their projects being built. That is the main reason I started it so that they get to see what goes into a set of plans. I use Chief in conjunction with AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD, ReCap and other software. I have been using AutoCAD since 1988 when it came on a single 3-1/2" floppy. I have only been using Chief since 2009, and very sparsely until this last year. It is an interesting combination. Your welcome to check it out if you like: I will also post here when I have answers to what is happening to me. It was fixed at one time and had not occurred again until yesterday when Dell Tech Support updated my NVidia driver. Mark Farrar Certified Professional Building Designer Knot Square Design, LLC
  2. I have a new computer that should be the cat's meow for running Chief. It is falling short and I have fixed it once, but do not recall how. I believe it was a call to Chief Tech Support and may need to do that again. If anyone knows why this happens and how it can be corrected, please see my system setup, a new RTX GeForce 3080Ti with 12GB of onboard video RAM. I feel it should handle it and it did once corrected, at least for a while. NVidia had a recent update, so maybe some settings specific to Chief were reset to defaults. Unsure. If I figure it out I will reply to this myself so anyone else experiencing these difficulties can get past it with ease.
  3. Thank you. I try to do everything, at least until the very end with Autobuild roofs. I actually use the Materials List and count on it framing correctly, walls and all. This will require a manual build of the independent roof over the Sitting Room, but I hope that all else can be built with Autobuild. MFr (yah, my mother caused that)
  4. I think I got it fixed, but I still do not understand the cause.
  5. The left hand railing of the entry stair is causing a break in the wall on the 2nd Level. I can move it over and this changes, showing this to be the case. I tried moving the room divider to the bottom of the stairs thinking that would define the rail height out there, but it just creates other problems. Peck Columns for Library.plan
  6. Excellent Michael. Great catch! I prefer solutions that allow me to keep Autobuild functional until the very end. Thank you for your help, Mark
  7. I see that there are headers in there now. Did you place them in there manually, turn on a layer I had missed... I do not know what you did. Mark
  8. Once you open this, take a Perspective Framing Overview shot. On the high shed side, notice the headers disappeared when the exterior 1x4 wall was added that holds the mineral wool exterior insulation in place and provides attachment for the siding. Chief Tech Support has had this for about a week and no answers. I love the solutions I get out of Chief Talk. Mark Concept 1.plan
  9. I have a similar situation as I work on high efficiency homes that need a drainage plane. I have had Chief Support looking at this for a week now, but will create another topic in here so show this strange error. I will label it Perfect Wall as the design is conceived around the Perfect Wall System.
  10. Eric, That is great millwork and is a better representation of what is really there with the edges much more like the real thing. I suppose that is a polyline solid, and applied to each window. Mark
  11. So I created the profile, saved it and placed it as the sill in the window dialogue. Since this is a 14" thick brick wall through and through, in the Wall Type Definition, I created a 10-1/2" thick brick wall as the entire Main Layer. Outside of that is a 3-1/2" brick wall to allow me to recess the windows as they are in the building. As can be seen in the attached picture, the Exterior Layers brick wall cuts through the new sill. I included a new model that has this wall type. Mark As-Built East Bldg.plan
  12. I have quickly built the profile I needed as a 2D object, but cannot find instructions on how to save it to my Sills and Caps Library. It seems to me that if I do this right, it will have some intelligence and attach itself to the window in the proper location.
  13. Chopsaw, Thank you for the reply. If I were to create the profile such that it is 2" deep front to rear and 9" tall in the Z direction, you still do not believe that it will work accurately if I use that new profile in place of the one selected out of the library? If you have time, would you please let me know a little about why you see it not being accurate. Again, appreciate your time. Mark
  14. I have the privilege of being awarded a 1900s Train Station Conversion in the historic town of Butte, MT. I have had the entire building and site scanned with Lidar technology and can get some extreme accuracy in measurements, inside and out. Issue: I would like to stack two windows, mull them together and use that unit in most of the locations where windows are installed. In all cases there is an exterior concrete sill as there is on many old brick buildings. It is about 9" tall and comes away from the wall 2" and extends beyond the framing of the window by 4" either side. The window is set into the brick wall (13" thick of brick over brick through and through) so there is no window casing. I am unable to get the Exterior sill to extend down 9" so that I do not have to add a polyline solid to each window. This seems like is should be possible, but I can find no setting for depth (height in the Z direction) of the sill. Suggestions to keep this simple. I do a lot of historical preservation work up here in Montana, so this will not be the last time I come across this issue as I convert old buildings across the state into 3D models. The model is in its infancy, but I have included it anyway. As an aside, in the Project Browser in Cross Sections there is a saved section named Change to 3-12 Pitch as well as a Snipping of the Lidar image of the building showing where this transition occurs. In plan view, on the north side of the building you can see where this roof is to jog out. I switch between AutoCAD and Chief to get great results, so what are blue lines are an import from AutoCAD. In the Active Layer Display Options, those layer names that are all in CAPS are from AutoCAD. There is also a layer set named AUTOCAD ONLY that isolates the AutoCAD layers. I have a feeling I am going to have difficulty creating this little roof outcropping, so any tips would certainly be welcome. Mark Farrar Certified Professional Building Designer Knot Square Design, LLC As-Built East Bldg.plan
  15. My family owns the Hennessy Building which was planned out of New York in 1895. I assume it was built over the next year or two given how things worked back then. It is at 130 N Main St, Butte, MT 59701. I do not know, but suspect that this rail station was built many years prior to the Hennessy as the Hennessy was the first steel building ever built in Butte, and if our archives are correct, the first "skyscraper" in the US. High rises are a different class. Skyscrapers where buildings over 5 stories. The Hennessy is 6 plus a basement. This was all due to one invention. I am sure you can guess what that was. Mark
  16. I live in one of America's most historic towns and have been awarded a contract to remodel one of three buildings of an old train station into a restaurant, wine bar, tasting room and seasonal mercantile rental spaces. It is a grand project and I am delighted to have this treasure placed in my trust. There are elements of the exterior that we need to recreate in what is termed as "period sensitive". What this basically means is that we need to keep the outside of the building as historically relevant and possible. I have attached a few photographs of elements that are a challenge to me to recreate so that I can inquire with a manufacturer to make a more energy efficient replica of what once was. I have had this structure scanned with LiDAR techology and anyone interested can walk through the entire building, but I have asked the company that did this scan to keep it up through the weekend, understanding the file size. This is the link to the very large file to see this 3D scan of a spectacular building. Link to LiDAR of Train Station You will need to install Autodesk ReCap Pro from their website. They offer a free 30 day trial that then turns into ReCap which will still let you walk through any other images scanned with this technology. At the moment is the challenge of recreating the door component shown in the first photo. I believe I have the corbel created, but found it easier to do in Chief than SketchUp Pro. The windows that are like a single hung, but operate in a 3rds proportion remain a mystery as well as to how to represent in Chief. Any help is graciously accepted. Mark Farrar Knot Square Design, LLC
  17. And now my signature is hopefully correct. Thanks again.
  18. It did not. thank you. Resolved. No idea how to correct my profile settings yet. On with Technical Support now. I place my version and computer specs in the About Me area.
  19. My system in my profile was corrected last week and shows correct until I send a message in the forum. In the About Me field my profile reads: Chief Architect Premier X13 Dell Precision XPS 8940 Intel Core i9-10900 CPU @ 2.80GHz 16.0GB RAM 64-bit Operating System, Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1
  20. C1.plan This is very curious. When I have created 'open to below' spaces and then defined areas as 'balconies' (especially) it changed my entire roof. Are balconies only intended as exterior spaces? If anyone takes a look at the attached model, change Balcony 1 to a definition of "Balcony" instead of "Hall" and it puts a hole in the middle of the house as if it were an open air atrium. Suggestions as to how to deal with this and proper room definitions are welcome. Thanks, Mark C1.plan
  21. Almost perfect. The end truss does not become a drop truss even if I designate it as such and the outlookers did not reach back to the next truss. I can likely stretch the outlookers if I turn on that layer in plan view, but I do not know what to do about the drop truss. This should not affect my Materials List and the truss company will make the correction, just wondering if I am still missing something. Great solution Jason. Thank you for helping me recall where the build truss was located.
  22. Model upload. I need to write this tip in my OneNote files. Having a heck of a time finding this information again. I found it the first go around. Bell Garage w-o Splash Wall.plan
  23. Digging the Vector View for framing. Great tip. I can go back to a previously saved version and do just what you demonstrated, but not on this model as I have deleted the entire roof and rebuilt it. I realize you are likely helping others, but if you have a moment, here are the settings I have and I do not know why I do not get trusses instead of 2x4 rafters. Model upload is failing. Will try right behind this. Bell Garage w-o Splash Wall.plan
  24. I selected the roof planes and opened them. It stated that the Top Plate was at 109 1/8". Not being able to change that to the known 121 1/8" I locked the Pitch and added 12" to another value and walla! Fixed.
  25. When I set this up I used Match Trusses, but I am having trouble locating that setting again. Where was that located? This is an easy rebuild of the entire project, but I am seeking knowledge for when I have to deal with situations such as this in my larger models.