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  1. Thanks for the prompt response - I follow all of that, and the custom tool is a great idea. Thanks!
  2. Renerabbitt, Thanks for the help. It's been a few years since I last posted here, so I had pressed the quote button but didn't realize I had to click the popup as well. Got it now. I have the 5.5" T-stud mostly complete, but I am having trouble trimming the dowels at the outside edge of the polyline solid cylinder that I had used to model it. Haven't got to the stretch function yet - I probably will just add a few standard stud lengths to my library so it doesn't have to distort at all. I also do most of my framing manually as the automatic doesn't do that great of a job, so yes, I am more interested it it being listed properly in the material takeoff than being a part of an auto-build, so how do you "designate a symbol on the component level which will report to material takeoffs"? Thanks.
  3. I would like to have alternate "primitives" to work with, but that still interact in Chief with definable attributes. In the case of this job, the AHJ can have a bit of tunnel vision with "non-traditional" materials, so I am just looking to head off any questions/discussion in the early part of the permitting process. For my own purposes, I like to include as much detail as I need to communicate effectively with the client, and since I like the product, I'm considering it an investment in many future conversations. I think I saw a stretch plane discussion concerning helical piles, so I will check that out. Thanks for the tip. Is there anything special I need to do to define this as a Framing "Stud" to incorporate it into wall assemblies?
  4. Has anyone accurately modeled the "barenaked" T-Stud in 5.5" and 7.25"? This is the uninsulated version that will have a similar R-value to whatever cavity insulation is installed. I plan to attempt this, but I want the material to perform (re-size, not stretch) similar to a real world object - I am asking if there is a way to make the repeating pattern "tile" in the z-axis as the length of the "stud" is changed? Thanks! - Home Designer Pro 8, X6-X13
  5. Just got off the phone with Nigel in tech support - Apparently, there is a known inconsistency with the radius wall tool that occasionally misbehaves like this - apparently if you change the radius wall to a straight wall then the vision field cuts go away. The fix is what ShaneK posted above - no fix, just a simple workaround with the Make Room Polyline -> covert to slab. Even though this did display correctly in X8 as noted above, Nigel stressed that there have been no changes of code between versions X7 and X8 in relation to this malfunction, so upgrading will not guarantee consistent performance. I requested that if there were known defects and workarounds, Chief should post them in a knowledge base somewhere searchable - I looked all over the web and the forums here before I posted. Thanks to all who viewed and helped.
  6. Hi all - Bought this for field work and client meetings. It is very fast at a decent price. Base monitor is great. 4gb 960M discrete graphics card...You can configure with more ram and a higher res. monitor for about 1400. Only bottleneck on this one is the hard drive, but it has a M.2 port for an ssd upgrade path. It also has a backlit keyboard, which I thought was silly but is actually quite nice. I have been very happy with it and is not sluggish at all with x7. Thanks. Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-79LX 17.3-inch Full HD Notebook (Windows 10) | 170 answered questions List Price: $1,099.99 Price: $1,049.99 Free Shipping for Prime Members You Save: $50.00 (5%) 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core Processor 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.5GHz (6MB L3 cache) Windows 10 Home 17.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit IPS display 8GB DDR4 Dual Channel Memory 1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive (M-DISC enabled) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM Acer TrueHarmony Plus High-Performance Sound System Four Built-in Stereo Speakers and Built-in Digital Microphone Secure Digital (SD) card reader 802.11ac WiFi featuring MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz) Bluetooth 4.0 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port) 1 - Thunderbolt 3 (Full USB 3.1 Type C) Port 2 - USB 3.0 Ports (one with Power-off Charging) 1 - HDMI Port with HDCP Support 3-cell Li-polymer Battery (4780 mAh) Up to 7-hours of battery life
  7. I see - you created a polyline solid, then applied the carpet material? Very simple workaround, thanks.
  8. This is the only plan file, although I have about 6 derivatives similar to the 3 I posted that are all giving me this type of error. I had worked with default settings so I think there must be some conflict within them. I had even gone back to a previous version(no issues), wiped all drawing off, reset the defaults, and that produces the basement that only half draws. How did you accomplish that work around? Thanks
  9. Thanks. I did download the trial, and it displays correctly. I would still like to understand why my x7 suddenly stopped working reliably, but its probably worth upgrading to not lose any more time on it. Thanks for your help - I hadn't thought of the trial version.
  10. Thanks for your help. It does help narrow it down a bit. What version do you happen to be running?
  11. Just moved all the files to my laptop and they produce the same errors. So its not system dependent, perhaps my version of Chief? What version are you running, BrownTiger?
  12. So - No disappearing floors for you? These are separate errors described above. Makes me think I need to reinstall on this system. The stair did appear to be better in the one plan file. So did you have any rendering errors on any of the three plan files? Thanks, Nick
  13. Hi - I've answered many questions with the expertise on this forum, but this is my first posting. Perhaps many eyes will help with this one. Thanks. I have a plan file that seems to be corrupted. I have been working with multiple versions of a file, then the customer wanted to significantly downsize. So, we played around on a copy of the same file and derived a smaller floorplan. As I was cleaning it up, I started getting portions of the basement floor that would disappear in the floor overview camera. Also the stairs are not interacting correctly. We changed the dimension of the floor trusses from 14" to 20", and the stairs keeps saying that it needs one riser to reach the next level, but when I choose that, it deletes the whole flight above or below the landing and substitutes one step for about 8. I have tried saving out the defaults as a template. I have gone back to earlier versions of the file that have had no trouble, reset all the defaults to what I need, tried deleting floors, drew the main floor outline completely from scratch, copied the main floor into a new file with completely different defaults, and the basement floor will not display correctly. Usually if I generate a new floor derived from the first floor, the floor underneath the semi-circle disappears. The finished floor will display on much of the room, but the basement slab is half missing under the floor. Alternately, the bump out to the North will not generate. At one point, I kept drawing smaller and smaller closets inside the room and I could get the missing floor down to a few square feet. Also, when the south wall was properly defined as a pony wall, the family room floor would display with a square and a radius chunk missing, and the rest of the basement rooms wouldn't have a floor. Then if I unchecked floor beneath this room for the family room, that floor would disappear and the rest would appear. This glitch got somewhat better when I changed the pony wall back to a full foundation wall. Then, after I deleted everything, new file, fixed all template default setting before drawing anything, now the garage generates a foundation and the house doesn't. I also tried drawing the basement walls and changing them to foundation walls manually, but it still did strange things. I might be able to work around this way, but it is very time consuming. My system is only about 15 months old and I haven't had problems with any other file. - had about 250 hours into a previous one without anything like this, multiple versions, back and forth to the laptop, etc. I am running X7 build Please advise. Thanks, Nick