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About VHampton

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  1. Apparently, this is a feature w/ another software. It would be great if CA could consider. Without naming the the product... it's called: the "spot slope annotation". Elevations will show the roof slope triangle. Over the years I've saved almost every CAD slope triangle in the user library, so no big deal. But as new bells and whistles are inevitably going to make their debut, this one more tool in the tool box would be very handy indeed. Thanks for suggesting Rob.
  2. Agreed Maureen. The underside of an exposed deck can provide nooks for just about anything. The elevated deck in the image shows covered seating below, and presumably, it's water-proofed, with a soffit (which would eliminate bee concerns). 100% agree. The rail posts will probably want to be centered on the girder. It's common for a spliced connection w/ blocking and bolts.
  3. Excuse the earlier posts about girder center etc... Just now realizing that the question was more about the "ladder framing" along the outer edge. Alan's sketch is exactly how it's done when the flush girder terminates the joists, but the deck framing needs to extend past the columns.
  4. Edit... (as per Alan's sketch below). That Ledgestone is probably all non-load bearing veneer. With the girder (and post) presumably in the center of the column... The outer deck perimeter is probably packed out. In the same manner as one would do w/ rake boards at a gable end overhang.
  5. A few suggestions... What kind of line weights are being used in the .dwg file? On average, anything in the 18 - 25 range is good. What output for the export is being used? Is it in inches or feet? That could explain the variation in line heaviness. Not sure. Lastly... The issue is not all that common. If for some reason, exporting as a newer version of AutoCad is an X-15 quirk, then "back dating" the export file could be a possible solution. Try sending the .dwg as an older release of Auto Cad. Like early 2000's.
  6. If an older Layout has functionality when it comes to printing, that says something. Especially when all other projects files are printing ok - including the new layout. Rather than embarking on a journey down a rabbit hole, it sounds as if all went well. Glad that worked out.
  7. In the Manage auto-archives, is there a former layout (for this project) prior to the watermark being used? If so, how does that layout print? If it works well, that's a helpful clue. In addition... To trouble shoot, have you cleared the printer cache? What happens when the print is changed to black and white?
  8. Bazinga. You got a green arrow for that one.
  9. How is that object (custom newel) being saved? If it's all blocked (as an architectural block)... Covert it to a symbol - then change the definition of the newels on the stair. That secondary crown under the newel cap should stay in place. Edit: Mr. T's post arrived about 30 seconds before mine. Symbol is the solution.
  10. I'll take that as the highest compliment. lol Back in the V versions of the program, the ability to drag .jpeg files from the desktop, and straight into a plan file was ground breaking. It's a neat trick to this day, especially for tracing over floor plans.
  11. Agreed with the replies. Everyone should be familiar with the 3D Solid tool which is invaluable. Making 3d shapes is quite straightforward once you get the hang of it. Here are some steps below. In addition, a CAD file of the bracket so that you can try it out for yourself. That's the best way to learn. All the best. bracket elevation.dwg
  12. Hi Brett, So to answer, every project is unique. When starting from scratch, repurposing a former plan file with wall types A,B,C is totally fine. The exterior wall type which the clones were generated from will always be the default. (The clones can be used as needed, or they can be deleted.) Typically, I don't save wall types in the library since they're pretty easy to cut and paste from past jobs. But having said that, the "Library save" is a quite a helpful feature, even if some of us still do everything like it's 1999. Hope this helps. ...and thank you. ...and glad to be of help Jim. This is true! On a side... I just finished a project where your very same issue came up. A clone of the siding type was made for the roof fascia and BINGO... the roof facia was toggled to match the same spacing as the siding.
  13. You're quite welcome... and yes it's a global change. When variations are required there's a simple solution. Click on a wall. Dialogue box will open. Copy the wall type - and rename it. Then make a new pattern pattern orientation on certain walls. This will provide a degree of flexibility if that's what you may be looking for. Caution... this is an old school Chief User's approach, so I may get bashed for suggesting. I don't use the paint wall tools. The earlier versions never had them - and the above literally takes two seconds.
  14. Take a 3D view. Use the adjust material definition (rainbow icon). Dialogue box will open. Go to patterns. That's where the grout line on the CMU block can be raised or lowered.
  15. Most states are now requiring HERS ratings. (Res-Check is becoming outdated to some degree. Especially on new builds.) The energy analysis by the rating provider involves fairly skilled technicians. Aside from insulation specifications, they can often provide a basic HVAC layout w/ equipment sizes. It’s worth looking into. Lighting and plumbing are still kept in the wheelhouse for most projects. These areas aren't nearly as complex as HVAC. Simple diagrams for permit applications typically gets the job done.