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  1. This thread caught my attention because I've been frustrated with how chief handles room labels. Some rooms would ask to show the label and others it would not. After some investigating I found that some of my rooms "Function" was set to (Unspecified). It appears like if the room function is set to Unspecified the show room label checkbox will be unchecked by default. To me it would make more sense if the room defaults dialog would have the option to set whether the room label will show by default or not. On another note I've gotten to the point where I don't like Chief's room labels anyway because I prefer to use a rich text box to show the rooms definition. I want the room name to be formatted differently from the room specifications and you can't do that with the default room label text box that chief uses. If Chief would use a rich text box for the default room label I would switch back to using the default room labels. So I unchecked this so Chief does not bug me about showing the room labels: What's interesting is if this is unchecked all the show room label check boxes are unchecked when changing rooms. I don't know if this has helped anyone else but this has helped me understand a little better what chief is doing in the background. I still think there could be some improvements to the default room labels. Hope this helps in some way.
  2. The soffit height is controlled by the bottom of the sub-fascia. The top of the finished fascia is is controlled by the bottom on layer# 1 in the Roof Surface Definition dialog. Another thing I do is add a 0" layer at the bottom of the surface definition to trick Chief into building the roof structure correctly. That's how it makes sense to me anyway.
  3. Under Wall Specification / Structure Uncheck insert floor framing below.
  4. Thankyou! That looks better I think. Not so many brackets. This is what I'm using after your input: %thickness% Concrete Slab %(volume/27).ceil(1).to_f% cu yd Because I decided I want it rounded up.
  5. Well, I guess I just needed to ask to figure out a solution my self. %thickness% Concrete Slab %volume.to_s('cu yd')% %((volume.to_f)/27).ceil(1)% cu yd This is a way to do it... If someone has a better way let me know. Thanks
  6. I understand and have done that. .round does not work for some reason I thought someone familiar with Ruby and Chief might be able to quickly tell me what I need to do. I've messed around with this off and on for several months.
  7. I've been stumped on this for a while. I want the volume of a concrete slab displayed in cubic yards rounded to one decimal point in the label. What I'm using in the label: %thickness% Concrete Slab %volume.to_s('cu yd')% Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks in advance.
  8. I had to try it myself to prove to myself that I could do it. LOL
  9. I think this will fix your problem. Set your windows with 0 separation.
  10. It was custom. Have you created custom moldings?Molding Sill 2.calibz That probably isn't the correct dimensions but you can use the concept to make something dimensionally correct.
  11. Create a custom sill: Save that window as default:
  12. In my area this is how truss manufactures define heel height. Chief defines heel height the same way in my experience. To me the way Chief defines heel height makes sense but it could be that other geographic areas define heel height differently. In my area heel height is the height difference between the top wall plate and the top of the roof structure at the outside of the wall framing. If the heel height is set to 0 then you'll get this:
  13. Is this what your after: This is using X15 and creating a custom schedule.
  14. The following is what solved my problem. I'm using Windows 10 to run Chief Architect. I ended up going to: C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Documents\Chief Architect Premier X15 Data\Database Libraries I deleted everything in the X15 folder. Then I opened X15 and started a new user library and added a few things to it to make sure it was working. Then I went to: C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Documents\Chief Architect Premier X14 Data\Database Libraries And opened (User_Library.calib) with X15 which initiated the import. Everything worked right away after it was all imported. I'm assuming the user library was somehow corrupted when I tried to import it during the program installation. Thankfully the X14 library was still intact.
  15. When I try to open the user catalog / library in chief architect X15 it hangs. I've had no problems with this in X14. Anyone have a suggestion for possible fixes?
  16. This is how I've overcome this in the past. It's not really ideal though. You need a little gap between the fascia so they don't "snap" together. Chief auto re-adjusts for some reason. This is a really tight view of the roof plan view:
  17. This is how I've ended up handling the exterior wall opening specification. It's not exactly how I'd like to do it necessarily but I am able to communicate all the opening specifications this way without making a complete mess of the print. Each exterior opening has a unique identifier which corresponds with a schedule listing all the specifications for that wall opening. Hope this helps.
  18. Thanks for the reply. At least I know that it's not something I'm doing wrong. I Don't like the way Chief uses the outside edge of the finish fascia for the start of the roof plane. So I all the sudden had the idea to just turn the fascia off which would then make the roof plane start at the sub-fascia then I would just use a Shadow Board for the eave fascia. Looks like Chief wins again.
  19. Does someone know why when I click to turn off the Eave Fascia it also turns off the Gable Fascia? I would like to turn off the Eave Fascia and leave the Gable Fascia on. It would seem that because they both have a check box it would be possible to deselect one without affecting the other. I'm on x14 now. Just upgraded, but I don't think that's the reason for the issue.
  20. Thanks Yes, I know the difference between finish fascia and sub/structural fascia. Horizontally I would prefer if the start point of the angle for the roof plane would be between the finish fascia and the sub fascia. Right now it's on the outside of the finished fascia from what I can tell. Finished fascia is generally treated like cladding on a building in our area. For example all dimensioning is done to the sub fascia and the outside of the main wall framing layer. Vertically the start point of the angle for the roof plane should be between the roof structure layers and roof material layers using chief's naming scheme. If a dialog was used like the wall type definition dialog those dimensioning preferences could be accounted for like they are in the wall settings. Thanks for your consideration, I appreciate it.
  21. I was hoping someone would know of a setting to change this. The way it is the roof Fascia Height is more or less just an arbitrary number. In real life the most accurate way to specify roof height is to specify the overhang length and the top of Fascia Height in relation to the top of the wall or from 0" in elevation view. All we need is the line between the roof structure and roof material layers to intersect with the "Fascia Top Height" and all of this would be resolved. Then if someone wants the roof sheeting below that line they can just add it to the roof structure layers. Or if like me I want it above the fascia top height I'd just put the roof sheeting in the roof materials layer. I really like the new dialog in X13 for the Wall Type Definitions, I wish they could do something like that for the roof plane composition. It seems like it would be way more versatile. Notice on this dialog I wanted the wall sheeting to be part of the main layer because of how we build in our area. This was very easy to accomplish with this dialog: I'm new to this, how does one make a feature request? Thank you all for your input.
  22. This is exactly how I want the components to be organized. When I specify Fascia Top Height- It should be at this point. Top outside corner of Eave Sub Fascia shown above. With all the Roof Layers/Surface above the line shown below: And all the Roof Layers/Structure below the line shown above. The way to check is to select the roof plane and specify the Fascia top height you want and then do a cross section and pull a measurement from 0" to the top outside corner of the fascia you should find that the Fascia Top Height does not correlate with the plane line between the Roof Structure Layers and the Roof Surface Layers. I'll illustrate this below: Select the roof plane and specify the composition: Specify the Fascia Top Height: In the Cross Section draw a cross box (Representing the Fascia Board) at the specified Fascia Top Height. Use a measurement to confirm the height: Closer View of the same roof plane Cross Section showing how the OSB is below the Specified Fascia Top Height: Same roof plane Cross Section illustrating a rafter with attached finished ceiling: If I have a specific Rafter/Structure Depth with the Ceiling attached to the bottom of the Rafter, In this case it's too low because the OSB is not above the Fascia Top Height. Thanks, Your detail was perfect to illustrate.
  23. I'm having an issue with how the roof layers populate in Chief Architect. I want the roof "surface layers" to all be above the "fascia top height". Right now it always starts the roof "Surface Layers" 7/16" below the "Roof Plane Line". When building we align the outside corner of the face-board with the top plane of the "roof structure", Trusses or Rafters which should be the roof plane line. The OSB, Underlayment, and Shingles rest on top & outside of the face-board / "fascia top height" that is aligned with the top of the roof structure. Chief Architect consistently lowers the roof structure 7/16" (in plane with the roof surface) from the "Fascia Top Height" no mater the pitch. In order to get things to work I have to add a 7/16" layer to the "Roof Surface" and Subtract 7/16" from the "Roof Structure" (e.g. rafters) in order for the cross section to show the layers correctly. This works for any pitch meaning that the roof is dropped 7/16" (in plane) with the roof surface. The reason this is important is because I need to show Fascia Top Height in Elevation Dimensions and if I have to shrink the framing members, they are not modeled / sized correctly. I'd like to know if there's any way to adjust this default "Fulcrum" without the hackey way I'm doing it. I want to be able to specify the fascia top height and have roof planes properly populate from that point. It's important to note that in this image both "Fascia Top Heights" are the same with the only difference between the two being the one on the left is a 7/12 and the one on the right is a 4/12. Where the green lines intersect represents the "Fulcrum" that the roof revolves around at the outside of the face-board by default and the red line shows the default top of the "Roof Structure". I have to add a 7/16" layer between these planes in-order to get the OSB to be above the green roof plane line & top of face-board. The roof "Structure" is always 7/16" in plane below the "Fascia Top Height" / "where the green lines intersect" by default from what I've been able to figure out. I'd like to know if I am missing some setting that could change the "Fulcrum" point in relation to the roof layers. I've spent allot of time figuring this out but have not found a setting to fix this yet.