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  1. Hi there, Just to clarify, do you mean display layers or layer sets? Next, yes - you can delete almost all of these components except for the CAD Blocks because some of the user library fixtures need these symbols and are not able to be deleted. For deleting line styles, make sure that you don't have CAD Blocks that are using that particular line type or that line type assigned to a display layer (ex: base cabinet's dashed line type) as that will prevent deletion. If you mean display layers, if you want to reduce the number of display layers there are a couple ways to do this. 1) Deletion - Make sure that nothing on your plan is assigned to that layer and that no dimensions, wall types, text styles, callouts, etc. are either - then most layers should be able to be deleted outside of a core group required for the program. 2) "Merge" layers that you can combine elements on your plan and do not need separate layers for. If you mean layer sets, in order to get rid of the components above you have to delete these in a certain order for them to not be "greyed" out. Off the top of my head.. (and I may transpose a couple of these, but play with it and you'll get there). Deletion order (ish): Plan Views Default Sets Dimensions Styles, Text Styles, Arrows, Callouts, etc. Layer Sets
  2. Ahhh thank you! So... hear me out. What if... 1) I made another copy of the file to isolate the terrain from the building. 2) Shifted the terrain over as needed on the new isolated copy 3) Deleted the existing terrain entirely from the master file 4) Copy/paste the adjusted terrain from the isolated file....Would this work even a little or would it not build correctly at all? If not, maybe I can create the new terrain perimeter after deleting the original and just paste the elevation lines? Anyone know if there would be errors copy and pasting the entire terrain model, where it goes wrong?
  3. Hi there! I need to move a house over about 3' to take advantage of an encroachment opportunity. I had already "completed" the 3D model including the lot's sloped terrain, driveway and a "retaining wall" (foundation wall). I modeled the terrain using elevation lines which I cut (and put on another layer... I think) around a flattened building pad which was an elevation area. No spot elevations were used. I separated my floor plan 2D drawing from this file previously, so... The primary question, which should I move - the building (with decks) or the terrain? I'd appreciate it if anyone has any insight on the best strategy to go about doing this effectively. I'm sure I can make a botched attempt and spend awhile cleaning up, however I'd love to hear if anyone has run into this and any tips you can share. (I can post jpegs or the file if that's helpful!) Thanks, Kristina
  4. UPDATE: Unfortunately this jurisdiction did not allow for any way to exempt you from a Rescheck report, this might be because they recently changed over to 2021 IRC. Apparently this project type is not allowed to use the prescriptive method… I cannot remember if that was in the Rescheck Alteration guide or if that was per this jurisdiction… In this case, exporting data from a Chief architect file would not work for this one without major editing/deletions since everything but a couple windows are staying the same and I really don’t know for sure what the existing building shell assemblies, insulation types or fenestration energy ratings actually are.) **If someone knows a way to creatively configure Chief settings to make this work, please share.* Ultimately, I got a Rescheck report figured out via manual input with a bunch of tweaks in Rescheck’s project and individual element settings. If anyone runs across this post as 2021 codes are adopted and wants the details of how I did this - feel free to reach out
  5. Hi Joe! My apologies, I must have completely missed this with all the fuss studying and taking my CPBD exam over the weekend. I messaged you!
  6. Are you still in need of help with this? I’ll PM you a few questions.
  7. I always save them both in a word document on my desktop that I back up on iCloud as well as on a template .layout file. You can certainly save notes to your user library and export the .calibz library file to a folder on your computer as well as backup the template layout file under “Backup Entire Plan” in your File dropdown menu. Regardless of your choice here I’d recommend having multiple ways you save it since it’s not a little amount of work!
  8. Hi there, Here's what I use for my plans as the 2-Way Clean Outs typically need to be 24" apart. I've seen different surveyors and architects use different symbols and labeling for clean outs, the main objective here is to make sure that whatever symbol you use is in a drawing legend and/or clearly labeled directly on the plan. Hope this helps. CAD W LABEL - NEW 2-WAY CLEAN OUTS.calibz PS - I guess I should be clear that this is what I use for exterior clean outs (outside in yard). There are also interior clean outs for which I use an access panel with label, depending on the project scope.
  9. Just to verify, you are talking about the utility line and not the meter location, correct? Yes, line types are definitely the way to go! The critical point here is to make sure you include a line type legend. Here is a PDF of a sample site plan I found a long time ago that has several utility service line types. I’m honestly not 100% sure where but I’m pretty certain it was an example from the building department website from a project I worked on. sample-site-plan.pdf Also, you can create or edit line types in Chief architect. Check out this article:https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-01019/managing-and-creating-line-styles.html
  10. Figured I would put this out there… I’d love to help you with your project’s electrical plans! I can provide load calculations, panel schedules, and electrical plans for anyone’s project needs! The vast majority of building departments do not require this work to be done by an electrical engineer unless the work is for service upgrades greater than 400 amps. New construction, additions, remodels or just adding a sub panel - these are all scopes of work I can accommodate
  11. For future needs, I can provide load calculations, panel schedules, and electrical plans for anyone’s project needs! The vast majority of building departments do not require this work to be done by an electrical engineer unless the work is for service upgrades greater than 400 amps. New construction, additions, remodels or just adding a sub panel - I can help with all!
  12. I’m going to preface this by saying this is super silly to require for several reasons… however a building department in Colorado (2021 codes) has requested a Rescheck report for a basement finish project. Does anyone have experience with this type of input for Rescheck? Tips to help me comply or explain how this is not a silly request are welcome and appreciated ❤️ Context on scope of work: No existing conditioned areas will be modified, no new openings for exterior doors or windows, no replacement fenestration, and the concrete foundation walls have an insulation blanket installed by the builder when the house was constructed in 2015.
  13. Sounds like you live somewhere reasonable haha. In the jurisdictions I've been working in most recently, panel schedules are required for all new construction, home additions that are more than just one room, if you upgrade the service amperage on an existing home, and sub panels.. ugh. This of course is along with load calcs. One line diagrams are sneaking their way into the norm too.. lol