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  1. A quick way to do this is to make a stream in plan, which as you point out is a constant width, then draw an adjacent slab or polyline solid and use the "Union" tool to combine them so that you will get a merged object that still has the "hole" in the terrain effect of the stream, but you will then get all the adjustable handles so you can adjust the shape as you need. You can make a really small slab next to it and adjust it away later, but that will get it to show all the adjustments while still retaining the stream terrain features.
  2. I duplicated the material, adjusted the angle and put a thin layer on top of the large block to get it to look right.
  3. I just tried turning the supposedly correct looking polyline solid 45 degrees, and now that is messed up in the same way. So it seems the problem occurs when I turn the slab OR the polyline solid any non- right angle.
  4. Why does a slab material have the top face 45 degrees off from the sides? I was applying a running bond block material and was surprised that it looks incorrect. Then I noticed that when I opened the Define Material dbx, the preview showed correctly. I then tried applying it to a polyline solid and it showed correctly. Is there any reason the slab should show the material differently or is this a bug? The last image shows the slab on the left and the polyline solid on the right.
  5. That worked great - thanks! I should have thought of that. Still weird though why the one elevation "works" without having to do that.
  6. I'm trying to do a quick siding estimate and am overlaying polyline solids with a transparent angle hatch fill pattern over the elevations to get the area. However, when the elevations refreshed in the Layout, only the first elevation page correctly showed the polyline solid area with background transparency through the fill pattern. The other elevations have the background fill pattern showing as solid, even though as you can see in the dbx it is set to be 100% transparent. I tried copying the polyline solid with the transparency to the other elevations as a test, but it still shows solid.
  7. I haven't really worked with parapet walls before, and was following a Chief tutorial video that had me basically make really tall third floor walls, and then do a drop down roof inside, then create a ceiling... It was a bit confusing when I tried to get a decent roof plan. Then I realized there was a roof access stair, so I ended up creating a fourth floor to show those walls. It's pretty confusing, but I at least got the plans to show what I needed in the layout and the 3D view looks right. If I did this type of thing more often, I'd take more time to figure it out, but it's all pro-bono
  8. The wall niche tool worked great for the exterior ornamentation of a vintage building I'm modeling, but then I discovered that the niches are adding confusion to the plan view since they draw within the window. I tried turning off the wall niche layer, but that only removes a single line on the exterior. It still leaves the actual wall niche void. I realize that makes sense, as it is the same thing if you turn off the window layers, you still have the voids where the window would have been. However, I don't want the wall niches to show on the plan view. I feel like I need the equivalent o
  9. At least we have enough sun today in my area (Mountain View - an hour south of San Francisco) that the porch lights aren't coming on in the middle of the day, but smoke is still too bad to be outside and fine gray ash is all over everything. While one of your tropical depressions full of rain would be welcomed to wash away the smoke, people are now getting worried that when we finally do get rain, the mud slides will cause even more damage.
  10. Thanks. And yes, I'll put something in a bug report about the capping problem.
  11. The angled section goes to a point and is not flat - that is just the odd way the wall cap applied itself. First pic shows the wall profile. Second shows the 1/4" cap, different material. Third shows 1/4" cap in same material. Last shows no cap, and wall framing changed.
  12. Yes - that is faster than messing with materials in the wall type dbx since Chief annoyingly won't let me change materials with the eyedropper for wall "insides." Here's what a got with the standard "Cap 01" wall cap at the default 3/4" thickness. I left the cap in the other material just to show how it applied.
  13. This is interesting - I just noticed that the top edge shows the stucco on the angled parts of the wall, but the wood for the straight parts. I'm planning to just change the wood texture to be stucco but was surprised to see this.
  14. Thankfully I didn't have to do any measuring. The client had already used a firm that specializes in as-builts by the time they connected with me, but that firm only did plans and elevations. I'm doing the 3D so they can produce some images for a donor campaign as they are a non-profit homeless shelter and related services. Been in that building since about 1950. They've done a few remodels over that time, but ready for another. Before that it was a chemical company. I haven't really started doing the inside yet - meeting with the client tomorrow to figure that part out.
  15. I pulled in an elevation image, sized it, then put it behind the building elevation and used the "break" tool to shape the top of the wall. Worked well. The wall niche tool worked well for the insets.