PMMully

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  1. Hi all, I have seen other members do this, not sure what is wrong with my settings. I can not seem to get the orthographic framing overview to work on wall sections. I looked at every setting I can think of but clearly missing something. Layers/layerset looks ok. I put a wall section on a plan, then hit orthographic framing overview, but nothing shows up. I saved the camera. Thank you in advance. isometricframingtest.plan
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    Orthographic framing overview not showing up

    Doh!!!!! Thank you. I knew it was a cockpit error.
  3. In this test plan, I am enclosing a porch. I am using standard exterior walls to enclose the structure and put SGD in it. That seems to work fine except the one wall sees to force me to an interior SGD definition versus an exterior (even will sill clicked on, I get no sill. So the core question is why can I not make the second SGD act like the other SGD. It seems that CA is forcing it to an interior when in fact it is exterior. I have seen this in other plans as well, like kitchens, where I draw interior walls and when I place a door in them, they get delegated as exterior automagically. This makes sense, but I want to override the default door in these cases. porchenclosure.plan
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    Forced to to interior versus exterior doors?

    In what looks to be an exterior wall, it always works. The issue was when I had a porch in an as-built, then enclosed some of the porch, the second exterior wall was not on the perimeter is when the issue came up.
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    Forced to to interior versus exterior doors?

    Exactly the case.
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    Forced to to interior versus exterior doors?

    Thanks. I think I may have perfected the FL Porch Room Type. These rooms drop like a garage. Those under normal house truss have the same foundations as the test of the house. So now I specify them as this new room type that has the garage function, but different label. Seems to do the trick. In this plan I had two garages side by side. The SGD still does not function correctly regarding the sill height. But that is fixed by adjusting the sill height. It all works just peachy and generates the right foundation. This is in contrast to the porch room that also needs to drop but you need to tweak the ceiling and SWT settings. Either way works, but the garage method for mono slabs sems to be the fastest. But the real trick is the dimensions to sill height, it fixes it all up.
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    Forced to to interior versus exterior doors?

    Thank you for pointing this out regarding room function. I searched on the word function and I did not see this, I must have misspelled it on the search because as you have pointed out the information is there with no lack of detail. It all makes sense. A few observations in this case: I had two porch room/function types next to one another, and for the joining wall between them, it behaved as if it were two interior rooms regarding the door placement per the "rules". I imagine it was because the joining wall in question was not on the perimeter of the entire structure so it did not compensate for that. A search of the "interior vs exterior doors" supports this as well. The core problem was the sill did not show up even though it was checked. So to outsmart it, I defined one porch as an interior room as suggested above. That works, but then you have to undo all the other "rules" for that room/function type back to a porch. From what I can tell, if you have an interior door, which is auto-assigned by the fact that it is internal to exterior walls or not, the "Sill" attribute has no bearing when considered an interior door. I tested this even on an exterior wall placed with four exterior walls. I simply can not get the sill to show up. The simple fix from the CA side is "honor the sill attribute" regardless of the auto-assigned wall-type and wall-location placement. Then the room type/function would work just fine. I think I learned that when doing monolithic slabs, which is the norm here in FL.... defining all porches as a garage room type and just change the label, or maybe the room function as well, to the porch as they are all hybrid room functions. That way, I get the benefit of the automagically generated foundation and floor drop-downs. This alone might be worth the price of admission for the CA episode :-)
  8. I know defining wall types is the correct way to specify how thick a wall is via layers. What is the impact of changing the width in the wall specification itself? Any downstream stuff?
  9. Interesting how it just blows out the main layers...
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    Forced to to interior versus exterior doors?

    Makes sense. In my case, just make it look like a porch, or "exterior room". Exterior rooms in FL come under building code requirements for AC/electrical, etc. I will try the "unspecified" type. In either case, no big deal once you understand it. Just wish one did not have to spend time figuring these nuances out. But hey, I have yet to find anything I can not do (especially since I have honed my polyline skills).
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    Forced to to interior versus exterior doors?

    Understood. But if behaviors of things like doors and windows, floor, etc are tied to room types and then function. It would be great to be able to define our own room functions as well as room types. I was referring to creating our own room functions to associate with room types. Unless that dropdown has a "add new" option. I took your suggestion and made the second porch an interior room, then it worked. Prior to that, both room types/functions were porch. A very odd thing to have to do. I looked in the reference guide and.its not clear what room function controls versus room type. Room types make perfect sense. Room function, really what is it?
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    Forced to to interior versus exterior doors?

    That makes sense. It seems CA missed something in the meta-model. The ability to define a room function is key, just like a room type. Without that, we are at the mercy of of what appears to be hard-coded logic regarding function. At least I have not found a way to control "function". I imagine playing around with the various room functions, like "unspecified", you might get what you want. In my case, I had two exterior rooms backed up to one another as porches, so it made no sense whatsoever.
  13. Hi all, I am watching videos, reading, and trying to learn from others. Here is a classic wall join deal for me with three wall types coming together. Exterior CMU for standard exterior walls but with insulation+furring+DW, exterior garage walls with just struck block, and an interior frame sheer wall to make the garage. Here is a test plan that shows the detail. The funny is I have done some cool stuff, but when I get this dissimilar wall need, I slow down badly. 1) Ideally, the three exterior garage walls should come into the main exterior walls just like it is. That is exactly how it would be built in the field. These are two distinct wall types. 2) The issue comes in when I need to put in that interior shear wall as indicated by the revision clouds (an example is that interior wall just sitting there with the door in it). 3) I have read up on object snaps, etc. I have put wall breaks in, moved the interior wall in, etc. But I keep getting the same issue. The intersections get all wonky. The wall join tool has no effect. I have used the wall intersection tool to some degree and sometimes it seems to work out and others not so much. The result is a break in the drywall, on either side, etc. The reference guide is light. I have found a few videos on the site, but I am not getting this right just yet. This video is getting me close... https://www.chiefarchitect.com/videos/watch/5422/editing-walls.html?playlist=85 garage_porch_foundations.plan
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    Wall join example.... driving me nuts

    The bit about the exterior side, combined with the snaps control, and the mastery of the wall intersection tool is the trick. I now have a bunch of walls successfully joined. Those little nits really cost me a bunch of time but finally there.... for now :-).
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    Wall join example.... driving me nuts

    All of @SNestor stuff is great!
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    Wall join example.... driving me nuts

    OK, the video drove something home, reverse the layers to get it to line up. I did that, tweaked the intersections a bit, and this is what I got. It looks perfect to me, see if yall see some buggers. You can see the CAD lines I used to precisely set the wall break. I am familiar with the General Wall Defaults on the "Resize about" settings. My understanding is this can affect how the walls come together, not just on resizing. Do I have this right? wall joins.plan
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    For Sale X12 still on SSA

    Why would you sell it?
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    Forced to to interior versus exterior doors?

    Well, that worked. But of course, it creates other issues. They may be simple ones, but the floor now has to be unfinished, molding removed, etc. I just wish I could tell CA to leave me alone at times :-) What is the "flag" that marks a room as interior or exterior? I do not see anything in the room type defaults. I know I have some funky wall transitions. I am working on that. I know I can align on surfaces, centers, etc. But I just seem to be missing some fine points, or maybe I just can't remember them fast enough :-) But life for me here in FL is a mixture of many wall types and hence thicknesses. I am working on mastering it because it is the number one area that slows me down. I have CBU walls that have stucco+block+insulation+furring+DW (all new construction), just stucco+block+furring+DW (older construction), stucco+block+stucco, stucco+block, and even just block. I have various frame wall thicknesses of stucco/lath+tyvek+sheathing+frame/insulation+furring/drywall, with brick veneer and or Hardie. All of these walls must meet regularly. A garage is common for interior sheets for the frame, some CBU with insulation, and some CBU with just struck block or think stucco skim coat. Any best practices would be greatly appreciated. porchenclosure.plan
  19. Looking for the best practice to build porches with flat roofs that are attached to a dwelling on 1-3 sides, have headers under the roof on any sides that are not attached to the dwelling. The headers can be LVL or concrete precast, supported by columns that could be 4x4 or larger, solid pour, or filled cell CMU, etc. In this snapshot below, I make two CMU stem walls with a monolithic foundation and made the room type a porch. All is well, except for the fact I can not seem to control how many newells/posts there are, or the spacing. The second thing I any roof generation seems to be pretty limited. Note I have the gutter removed off the tile roof on the one side facing the porch. What I have done in the past was created a slab or patio, did a custom roof plane, and added a framing joist as the header, and posts manually. I am asking if there is a better way to take what I have below, gain control of the number of posts and positions, and generate a flat roof in one shot? Or, what would be the best practice overall? I have been looking through the training videos but nothing is jumping out at me.
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    Best practices for as-built covered porches?

    The plan I sent is not 100%, it was meant to serve as a playground on how to best built "custom porches". Let me look at the real plan. Good catch, I have probably have it wrong.
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    Best practices for as-built covered porches?

    @snestor, here is the plan, l did fix the header. Perrinporchwithrailings.plan
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    Best practices for as-built covered porches?

    @SNestor as I was struggling with the connection, I went into an elevation, was able to grab the header, and adjust it. Fine points I guess...
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    Best practices for as-built covered porches?

    @SNestor I fully understand and you can bet I learned from you today :-) I took your inputs which allowed me to figure out the spacing, etc. This is pretty close to reality... I generated a flat roof, then put a custom roof plane on it to get what I want. Not sure why I can not get the header to stay connected to the inside of the outside wall.
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    Best practices for as-built covered porches?

    @snestor This plan is a complicated two-story. The picture I submitted is a simplified version for the forum and just learn the details of the process. In this case, the posts must be placed exactly as they are on the house. And the roof must show a pitch. This drawing will go through PE engineering for permitting. We are essentially going to modify the headers over the SGDs in my diagram as the SGD will be coming out in favor of one long one that double the length. The current flat wood/asphalt roof will be removed and replace with ledgers on the new headers, etc. Do the drawing must be tight-tight in order for the PE to sign off. The technique you describe would be perfect for conceptual discussions.
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    Best practices for as-built covered porches?

    @snestor I should have also specified that I used a railing wall, post to beam as well, and it had the exact same result. I went back to the railing version. I see the newel spacing now, great tip. I was able to eliminate a few due to spacing and remove the other center one on the short side by setting the spacing longer than the length of the wall. So that part is solved, and the issue now is I need to show an existing flat asphalt roof with those headers. I have been playing with roof settings but can not seem to get what I want just yet (flat roof attached to headers with hangers). I will look up your videos. I will look at your screen room library though!