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  1. To create an attractive border around an interior elevation view, there will almost always by some CAD work to do. That being said, this can be quick and simple and can be done directly in the elevation view. There should rarely be a need to use a cad detail. Rachel, you might find it helpful to talk to someone who can review your files and discuss (in person) the troubles you face and what kind of solutions are available.
  2. I would usually keep the default set for either the most prevalent type of construction or the most important. The previous exercise was really to help you understand the function. When I'm drawing an addition to a house with a foundation wall and an assumed footing, I don't show the footing in plan view UNLESS there has been exploratory excavation to determine the footings existence and size OR unless there are building plans available for the existing structure. I make clear delineation in all drawing types between existing structure and new structure. A simple method for you to consider is to show all existing structure with a medium grey line color and a light grey solid fill.
  3. The choice to use terrain modifiers like lowered regions isn't the best option. I've deleted the lowered regions and replaced them with 2 Elevation Regions, both of which are shaded and have there elevations displayed. This is a very quick and simplified demonstration, but I'd suggest you give the elevation regions a try.
  4. I'm sure those who know macros can offer much better solutions but until then...
  5. Another Option: Copy this macro and rename, then edit the obvious parameters "FormattedWidthSixteenths". Place the new macro in the door label.
  6. The simplest way for large doors that are sized in 1foot increments is to use %width/12%' Notice I've added the ' designator and you'll need to uncheck Use Default Formatting to get rid of the " designator. I don't know anything about macros but I'll offer what I do know. You can make a copy of Chief's macro "FormattedWidthNearestInch" and rename it "FormattedWidthNearestFoot" Then edit the macro: obj = owner obj = referenced unless referenced.nil? obj.width.to_ft.round
  7. Edit the Crawlspace room so the floor thickness is zero and the foundation wall height is zero. Select the 2 grade beam walls and uncheck 'sill plate'. For the Addition Room, set the framing group to 2. Also, it would be better to edit the default floor platform than to set the floor structure room-by-room or floor-by-floor.
  8. @TeaTime Oh, I thought about that! For future detailing, I think perhaps Jim should just get in the habit of using polylines:)
  9. Thinking outside the box...I like it! This won't work in a CAD detail though!
  10. Here I've manually edited the wall polyline (something I hate doing but when all else fails...) and added a ceiling plane for the steeper ceiling. You can derive the correct elevations for your ceiling plane from a cross section view.
  11. The fascia lines are due to those edges of the roof having more than one line segment. You simply need to clean up the roof shape and the unwanted lines will disappear. fascialines.mp4
  12. I alluded to this in an earlier post. This seems to be a limitation of Chief or it may have something to do with how you got to this point . Even if you manually edit the wall polyline, you'll still have ceiling surfaces 'missing'. Chief simply won't join those ceiling surfaces. You may need to resort to ceiling planes, or use 3d solid to fill in the gaps.
  13. Follow along in the video and feel free to send me a PM if you need more help. gradebeamfdn.mp4
  14. Simply change the foundation default and you'll now draw a foundation wall without a footing. Piers will still need to be placed manually.
  15. That's because a foundation wall with footing is set as your default. This is also why a footing displays in the room specification preview. You can change this at any time!