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  1. Alaskan_Son

    Command for a line with arrow on both ends

    This is something I too would like to see and something I requested a number of years ago. Maybe add your support over there...
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    Bonus room above garage - knee wall issues

    On that particular plan, the easiest solution is to simply check Ignore Top (2nd) Floor in your Build Roof dialog.
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    Interior (Ceiling Plane) Valley Beam

    Very nice! Just a friendly reminder, but don't forget how handy the Help Files can be. A quick search would have turned this up and saved a little of your trial and error time...
  4. Alaskan_Son

    Interior (Ceiling Plane) Valley Beam

    1. Ya, that one is no good. 2. Same, but do as Eric suggested and use the actual ceiling framing and you'll be in better shape. 3. Not sure what you mean. It's pretty easy to either set up an elevation view at the desired angle and then drawn the p-solid in that view, and it's equally as easy to simply rotate the p-solid after the fact. 4. Quick tip. You have to select the object by the appropriate face to get the desired rotational behavior. Also, try group selecting the object before rotating to get more expected results.
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    Oh, I see. Totally misunderstood. You’re not actually responsible for getting the plans stamped. Sounds like a different workflow than what we typically deal with. Sounds like you must be doing a pretty good job on your drawings too if you never hear back. As a builder myself I rarely draw for other builders. I did just do one project for another builder here this spring though that did something similar to what you’re talking about. Their engineer literally just took a red pen and marked up the paper drawings all over the place. They’re just using that set of marked up plans, but that’s also in an area that doesn’t have any permitting requirements.
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    Varies quite a bit from one locality to the next, but generally speaking, my experience for residential drawings is this: We draw plans as thoroughly as we reasonably can including any elements derived from our own rough calcs. We send those drawings to engineer. They send back required calcs and notes regarding what should be changed/added/deleted, we make changes, resubmit, and when all is right, engineer approves. This isn’t always the case and some engineers draw their own pages, but the above has been my experience in the overwhelming majority of cases. If you’re not hearing back, I suspect it’s because the files you provided were so far outside what they need or expect to see that they figured it wasn’t worth the hassle.
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    I’ve typically modeled those overframes in one of 2 ways... -Manually using solids -Using trusses that are essentially just rafters (edited as necessary in truss detail). In both cases though I’ve typically used a Truss Base for underneath the over-frame area.
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    LIVE VIEW or PLOT LINES, which one do you use?

    Yes. This is true but it can be just as much of a bad thing as a it is a good thing since those annotation objects then might not jive with the visual display in layout. I really don’t mind the manual updating though. I do it one view at a time and take the opportunity to proof each page while doing so.
  9. This is not entirely true. If you place a wall onto anything other than it's Default layer, it loses some of it's automated layer behaviors. For example, attic walls generated by that wall are no longer automatically placed onto the "Walls, Attic" layer and if you were to change that wall to an invisible wall, it will no longer be automatically moved to the "Walls, Invisible" layer. These are just a couple really quick repercussions that come to mind. There may be others I'm not currently thinking of.
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    LIVE VIEW or PLOT LINES, which one do you use?

    I feel the same way. Side note though... One thing I would suggest you think about doing is using a filled polyline with the invisible line style for some of those instances where you have to delete errant lines. Sometimes you can just cover them instead of delete them so that next time you update the view, they don’t need to be deleted again.
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    LIVE VIEW or PLOT LINES, which one do you use?

    Plot Lines using Pattern Line Defaults for me. With plot lines we get more accurate and robust control over exactly how lines display and print, the results are sharper and crisper since they’re all vector based instead of raster (image) based, we get the option of using the Edit Layout Lines tool, we get usable snaps in layout (especially handy for positioning views and for placing CAD patches), and we get to use Pattern Line Defaults. In my opinion Plot Lines win 90% of the head to head comparison battles. They do have 2 downsides though....They take longer to generate/update, and they must be updated manually.
  12. Alaskan_Son

    How to improve graphic quality of elevations

    I recommend using a Vector View. Send to Layout using Plot Lines with shadows turned on.
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    Imported Elevation Data

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    room under garage wt swt

    Nothing to download. You just extract the files online. Takes a few seconds. Here you go... Centre dévelopement alimentaire pour présentation ( or... Centre dévelopement alimentaire pour présentation.plan
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    room under garage wt swt

    .rar is just a zipped file. Plenty of easy ways to unzip online. Here's one...