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    Lost millwork item: porch column
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    moulding polyline

    Hey Rob, You probably shouldn't use a 3d molding there. I'd find the correct crown molding in the library and then when you draw a molding, it will use that molding automatically. Then you can open the molding dbx and adjust it's height.
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    Plan View Elevation Markers

    Can't say it would have occurred to me to use the %height% macro in plan view.
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    Plan View Elevation Markers

    Thank-you Eric! I've watched your video, but seeing this (combined with the info in your video) is helping to make sense of how the NF works. I had something very similar but was getting an eval.. error and that's because I was inserting the room macro in those brackets. I appreciate your help. What NOT to use: %room.elevation.ceiling% %room.elevation.floor%
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    Plan View Elevation Markers

    I know this has been discussed a lot, but I'm wondering if there's a simple method to get an elevation marker in plan view to display a room's floor elevation in the format shown in the image? I can figure out a bit of the number formatter thing, but I can't get it to return a floor or ceiling elevation. The automatic macro returns this value in inches and the same thing is true for the data in a schedule.
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    Suggestions - Printing Dark Colors

    Just gotta make sure the top view (just lines) doesn't have the shadows turned on! Hmmm, not too sure about this...I think it might defeat the purpose. What should be black is of course now gray. And that's a lotta paint to get wrong, despite all the labelling!
  7. Does anyone have some layout tips or suggestions for printing exterior elevations, where the house is a very dark color. It's one of these all-black farmhouse styles! And I don't need to print in color, but if I could....! What I'd really like is a tool to fade the colors in Vector View, but not the lines. I'm thinking of a layout box sandwich...color for the bottom bun, cad mask of partial white for the middle, and lines w/ no color for the top bun.
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    fence over retaining walls

    I use a pony wall for this. Otherwise, the fence and the retaining wall would need to be on different floors. However, for the fence you could also use a millwork panel ( or any other fixture or symbol) on a distribution polyline. This can work well for a fence style that will be stepped, NOT sloped.
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    Help gap in flooring

    Well done Michael! I figured it must be a roof, but I didn't find that one. Good work.
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    flooring areas

    It's also really easy to create a room schedule that has this information. Once you customize the schedule to your liking, you can re-use the schedule in any plan just by copy and pasting! Here's a basic example...I keep the wall finish column blank because I rarely know the clients' paint choices. This way they can fill it in themselves as they make those decisions.
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    Interior Prairie Style door I know that this catalog has been updated!! Thanks for the notification Joey!
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    Adding a double top railing

    @myrtsbnye Deck Railing, Lumber.calibz
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    Adding a double top railing

    It doesn't get much quicker or easier than making your own double top rail using a 2x4 and 2x6 profile with a 3.5" gap. Add to library as a stacked molding. One drawback to get it exactly like the picture is the intermediate 4x4 posts won't build like the image. I'd add those manually.
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    Tile Plan- 2D/ Construction Doc

    This is it! Just keep in mind that if you're using the same material for multiple rooms, you'd need to make multiple copies of the same material so that you can control the offset for each room's tile. Otherwise, the offset applied to one will be global (throughout the entire plan). And, it'd be helpful to make sure the material's texture and pattern are synced before making those offsets and subsequent copies. Forgot to add one item...this works with an Orthographic Floor Overview. That way the material's pattern is represented in the Vector View technique. You can use this view as needed or you can generate a CAD detail from this view.