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  1. If you want to see the rafters, and not just the roofing surface materials, you will need to turn on the layer for roof rafters. You still might not see them if your roof surfaces are hiding them. Here is a support article about exposed rafter tails: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-00488/creating-exposed-rafter-tails.html Here is a basic video about controlling what displays in camera views: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/videos/watch/904/controlling-what-displays-in-3d.html
  2. Normally, you shouldn't change the wall top or bottom, you should adjust the room floor or ceiling instead. One time you might need to edit the wall poly is when you need to build a stepped foundation. This article has some of the basics: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-00579/controlling-wall-floor-and-ceiling-heights.html
  3. Try going into your preferences and using the "reset templates" tool. This will make sure you are using the factory installed templates. Then go to your new plan preferences and make sure you are using the "residential template.plan". This will make sure that you start new plans with the default installed template. If that doesn't solve your problems, then you might want to contact support. There is also lots of info about templates here: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/category/271/templates.html
  4. I don't know if those blue lines actually mean anything. They could just be showing you the outline of what you have selected and it might look strange because you are at a strange angle in a perspective view. The shadow line is more of a potential issue because this might indicate that the surfaces are not aligned. What does this look like in a vector view? Vector views are a much better way of telling when you have problems with the model. Whenever I see missing lines or extra lines in a vector view I can tell that I have a modeling problem. Regardless, if you want anything more than random thoughts and guesses, you should probably post the plan.
  5. I suspect that you actually did. Maybe you drew them in the plan, maybe you drew them on the layout, or maybe they are on your reference display. All we can do is guess unless you post the layout and the plan file.
  6. I don't think you can control the auto nkba dimensions in X13. You might want to use the auto elevation dimensions instead.
  7. Why not? What were you expecting and what did you get? This article might help: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-02893/creating-custom-balusters-and-railing-panels.html
  8. Do you still get them if you delete the layout box and resend the view? If so, do you still get them if you create a brand new camera? If so, is your building really far away from the origin (0, 0)? Whenever I get weirdness in layouts, these are the things that I look for. 9 times out of 10, just resending the view fixes the problem. The others are just shots in the dark.
  9. 2D polylines can also go into schedules. Open the poly dialog and look for the schedule panel. Assuming that you would want your pile to show up in a plan view and an elevation/cross section, I would think 3D is both needed and wanted. For something that looks like a "telephone pole" I would probably just use a round framing post. If you need to show a metal screw, I think you would need a symbol. Schedules are so much more flexible now that it almost doesn't matter what type of object you use since most things can be added to whatever schedules you want.
  10. What's a pile? Try turning off "group similar objects"
  11. You might not even need to draw molding polylines. Draw an invisible wall to connect your "floating" walls to the other walls in your room and it should get the room molding.
  12. Something is a little wonky here. Normally, if you choose custom or center, the lines don't display so changing the line style wouldn't do anything. But if your cross section line has a break in it, it will display but the controls will be disabled. Seems like they shouldn't be. I found a loophole though. Change the callout to left, right, or both, then you can change the line style, and then you can change it back.
  13. It depends on whether you are placing a light from the library or using the light tool. If you are using the light tool, the program puts an outdoor light on the ground when you click outside of the house.
  14. Place the recessed light inside the house and then just drag it under the roof soffit. If the height is wrong, adjust the height. If it's sloped and you don't want it sloped, then turn off the "flush mounted" option.
  15. I don't think you can, at least not very easily. You might be able to create it manually using molding p-lines. You might be able to create a symbol out of a cable railing used as a fence that is sloped. You might be able to fake it using some other techniques as well. You also might want to think about upgrading because this is pretty easy in X14: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-01029/specifying-glass-cable-or-decorative-railing-panels.html
  16. There is a pretty detailed migration guide here: https://cloud.chiefarchitect.com/1/pdf/documentation/chief-architect-x14-migration-guide.pdf It even has a section about bringing older plans forward.
  17. You can also use F8 (which is how I think some people accidently turn it off).
  18. Welcome to the forum. Here is the best advice I can think of, forget everything you thought you knew about cad. Chief is not autocad (or revit). It's actually much better (in my opinion) but you have to change the way you think and it can be frustrating at first. Stick with it and eventually you will be much more efficient. Start with the videos: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/getting-started/ Ask questions here when you get stuck. Be sure to include pictures and plans with your posts. I am always amazed at how knowledgeable and helpful the people on this forum are.
  19. I agree with Eric, that is not a good solution. My guess is that if you checked "default" for your floor finish and your floor structure, that this might actually fix the problem. If not, then you should really post the plan and I bet someone could figure out in a few minutes what is wrong without all of the guess work.
  20. Take a look at the edit toolbar when you are painting. Are you accidently blending instead of painting (roller vs. spray can)?
  21. My guess is that it is something in your plan, maybe too many symbols? This tech article has lots of good general info: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-00521/troubleshooting-slowness-in-chief-architect-plans.html If that doesn't help, then post your plan and I bet someone could figure out what is making it so slow.
  22. Are you using X14 and Premier? If you are not using Premier X14, then you will probably find lots of stuff in the videos that are not in your version. I think that some of the training videos were recorded in older versions and may have not been updated, so this could also be an issue. You could always call tech support and complain if you find a video that is out of date or doesn't work. Is there something in particular that you can't figure out? Asking questions here is always an option. Of course, it really helps if you know how to ask good questions and this has a bit of a learning curve too.
  23. It's pretty easy to make your own panel symbols. The slats are super easy and the wire is only slightly harder. You just need to make sure that you turn them into millwork symbols and it helps to mark them as fence panels so that you can just drop them on your fence. Take a look at the fence panels that are already in the libraries to see how they are built. There is also a tech article about making custom panels: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-02893/creating-custom-balusters-and-railing-panels.html