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  1. Wondering if anyone on the forums is certified to design hydronic in-floor heating systems in Ontario, Canada. Thanks in advance!
  2. That makes sense. My thinking was as follows: For residential plans, my drawing sets rarely go past 15 pages, so maybe the best idea is just to put these detail pages somewhere in the 20's on a page, then I could move forward what I need. Then if the set ends up being 14 pages, when I print, I can just print pages 1-14, leaving out the extra stuff that's just there for copy and pasting. I just thought maybe there would be a way to put a group of object in a block, or save a certain "page set".
  3. Good evening everyone! Something that I have been curious about but unable to figure out myself is if I can save a particular layout set to use on future projects. Example: I have a page of deck details that I will often re-use (railing, fastening, nailing, stair details, etc). Often, I will just select all of the drawings on a previous plan, copy and then paste in place on the set I am currently working on. I know that in a plan file, I can just block things together and then save it to the library but not sure how I could do something similar in a layout file? It would be super easy if you could have 2 layouts open at the same time and just copy and paste as you go but that's not possible either. I have thought of saving these pages (deck detail page, ICF detail page, etc) on a layout page much farther than I would typically use, then I could just scroll through and grab what I need but would be nice to have a cache of certain items. Thanks in advance for any help!
  4. Good evening! I have to change some plans that have a LOT of sono tube (pier footings) for decks. It seems that I can only change the 'arc radius' of one at a time and not when selecting multiple. I've been on a bit of sabbatical but I feel like I have previously figured out a way to change all of the desired piers at one. It's just not coming back to me... Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you!
  5. I haven't had to use the option for bay windows much in CA. One thing that I notice is that they display as 3 windows built into angled walls. How can one draw a one-piece bay window, like you would buy from a window supplier? Or is this not possible?
  6. Good morning! Just curious what everyone is using for doing heat loss and duct designs? I have done duct designs in CA but wondering if there is anything that allows an import from Chief to simplify the heat-loss portion.
  7. Looking for some tips on making the roof lines a little cleaner on the plan view. The dormers within the red box are where most of the concern is. I've done many connections where different pitches meet, etc. but just can't seem to find the right position for these. I have the rendered version looking alright but the lines are not in sync in plan view. The main roof is 8/12 while the dormers are 12/12 and on each side, the main roof is a dual plane. I have attached some images and the plan in question. *Edit: not allowing me to add the plan file atm.
  8. I am curious if there is a way to do sloped (out of plumb) walls in CA. I see there are some previous posts about this but they seem to be 8-10 years old. Wondering if they've added some way to do this or if there is a decent work-around. One design I am working on has 2 perpendicular walls meeting. They are tall window walls, so having the wall cut-ins like I have seen would not really work.
  9. I am trying to finish up a set of plans and when I turned on window and door labels on the elevations, it shows the labels for all windows and doors, even through walls, etc. I cannot figure out how to get it back to normal to show just the ones within the view. I can't find a setting to change this. Can anyone help?
  10. I am just working on a masonry garage design, and have been held up trying to figure out some details. One is for steel lintels that I am putting over the openings. The closest thing that you can use as a header type is a steel-box but I will be using steel angle. The header column shows the dimensions including the length of your lintel but only gives 1.5" on each side of the opening. Is anyone familiar with a way that I can change this to more? Otherwise, I will just remove that column and leave a note in the comments. Second issue: When you pull your cross sections from a CMU building, it shows your trusses sitting right on the block. For now I have manually drawn my plate in with an anchor but I was curious if there is a way to do this as well?
  11. Good find! I'm not sure how that happened though... I'll update if that fixes it once I'm back at my comouter!
  12. Usually, my material lists would show insulated wall area and glazed wall area, etc. under the general header. For some reason, I am not seeing it now. I like to put this information on one of my note pages. Any chance anyone has had this problem? Plan attached. 1141 Park Road.plan
  13. I did misread or misinterpret what you were asking. It would be a cabinet built in that shape. I more so just wanted to know if there was an easy way to represent it this way/shape as I have not messed around with customizing cabinetry in CA. It's good to know all of these different tricks from everyone, which is partly why I posted; such a great wealth of knowledge here! As some guessed, it's not an overly big deal as a designer from a cabinetry company can just take that info and make it happen. I just like to show things how people want them when I can. Many thanks! You guys rock!!
  14. It will most likely be built at a custom cabinetry shop. I was just curious if I could represent it accurately in the plans.
  15. Good afternoon! I have been trying to figure out how I can chamfer the back of a cabinet to use it in an island. I can't seem to find anything online about this. I have included pictures for reference. The first photo is what I have and the second photo shows a red line where I would like to have this cabinet chamfered on the back side. Is there a good way to do this that anyone could show me?
  16. Hey all! I have a job coming up that will require a licensed architect and a professional engineer. Last time I did this type of job, it seemed very tedious to get everything together. Most architects that I know are using AutoCAD. I was told that if it was saved in the version that they have, that they can make modifications to it. Alternatively, you could save it as the earliest version and then that or any version after could open it. Doing it this way, we still had some problems. I need to do a 6 condo complex, then be able to send it to an architect for him to do his part. Possibly, I need to be able yo get it back and open it and work in it without disturbing his work. The engineer part is easy as he just tells me any changes that need to be made. I make it to his liking and he applies his stamp. Wondering if anyone with experience doing this can share how they do it or also, if anyone around here is a licensed architect in Ontario, Canada and uses Chief Architect? Thanks!
  17. I would like the porch roof to be a shed roof returning to the gable wall. There is supposed to be gable walls on the front and back of the home. Mine seems to draw it funny when I do it. I have attached a picture of what mine brings up with an auto-build. Also, I will attach the original set to show what it is supposed to look like. When the building department said we had to change the size, I decided to edit this plan and perhaps something got messed up. I did some manual planes and that seems to work, and now that I got rid of the porch roof I can redraw that as well. I would like to watch some of the videos about layer sets when I have the time. There are a lot of tutorials that I would like to check out but have not had the chance yet! Moore Craft Bungalow 3-Layout.pdf
  18. I did a set of plans for a client and upon submittal they were told that the setbacks had changed since they purchased the property. I have been reworking the plans to reflect this. Something seems to have screwed up and the roof won't draw properly. It only auto-builds half the roof with shed roofs in parts. I know most people recommend to draw roofs manually, but for roofs that can be done with a couple of clicks, I don't mind using it. Manual drawing is my next step but I like to get to the bottom of problems. Wondering if anyone has any ideas on what the problem is. TIA Edit: Also, there is a roof over the front porch. For some reason and I cannot select the roof plane on plan or orthographic views. I am not sure why this is. MooreCraft Floor Plan Foster.plan
  19. Good evening! So, while I was doing some take-offs, I manage to click "Update to Master" rather than "Update from Master" while I had everything checked. It then set all of my values to 0. Is there a way to recover the prices that I had? Didn't see it in the archives or anything like that.
  20. I would love to see the ability to spec types of insulation for walls, floors and ceilings. Being able to edit insulation hatching to match roof lines would be great too! Perhaps the "Living Area" text could br turned off or at least stay where we put it? Thanks for taking the time to read my comment!
  21. Happy New Year all! I am curious if there is a way to have blown-in insulation spec'd in the materials list or even spray foam insulation for walls, ceilings, etc. Thanks for your time!
  22. I have been trying to figure out how to have wall types I have created show in the list through all of my plans. When I make a new wall type, it only shows up in that particular plan. I have searched through the help and used the search but have not found if there is a way to do this (ie. saving the wall in a specific folder).
  23. Thanks guys! I did it manually in the 3D view as I could not select framing members in the cross section view. It has been my first time fooling around with framing manually, or at least this much. The client has little building experience but wants to build it himself so would like lots of details with dimensions, etc. One other question that I had: Is there a way to specify a single top plate for one specific wall?
  24. Hello fellow Chief Architecter's! I have a little problem that I was hoping somebody could help me out with. I noticed in one of my framing cross sections that there is a horizontal member that I do not want there. I could not figure it out and upon opening the framing orthographic view, I noticed that it is the bottom plate for the upper portion of the wall. The wall will be ballon-framed but with that setting on I cannot seem to get rid of the framing member. Being a gable wall, it is not load bearing and the door opening will just be stacked. This is an RV garage with a small office/mezzanine in the back. If I have to draw manually I suppose I could do that as well. Pics and the plans attached if anyone has any ideas. Oshawa Garage.plan
  25. Ok, finally got it uploaded right. I forgot that it pulls all the plans from a folder in my PC so nobody else would be able to check it out. My apologies. I did make sure that auto framing was off. I did click on the framing in the cross section and change it but wasn't sure if my materials list would still be affected. Pretty sure I tried going through the room dbx's as well. Will check that again.