MarkMc

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    Multiple Cabinet Layouts, Same Room

    Have done it often, most often in small kitchens. There are plenty of situations where the net storage is greater killing the corner, as when it allows for a decent size drawer base for pots. Just a matter of doing the math for sq inches of shelf/drawer space. Cleats at wall for counter support of course. Im no help on the OPs question since I use save as (happily)
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    How to raise deck of wall cabinets?

    But the cabinet is set to have 0" left and right. Yeah this could be easier if... but it's doable. Way back I did some web meetings and there may be videos of them but I don't really recommend them as the meetings got a bit convoluted despite my best efforts. I'd ask for variable reveals several times years ago but there was zero support for that so I gave up. It would also be swell if reveals worked the way one would specify them to a mfg. -in relation to the overall cabinet box or to adjacent frame items. They only sort of do. Trying to sort out how they are programmed is how I fell into this solution though Changing reference to top or bottom is easy enough with a click. The molding I used for the light rail, a hand rail since I don't have my molding library installed yet, started set to the top. Sometimes the reference manual has info not in help but they have gotten much closer to each other over the years. The videos might have more but I rarely watch them and never for cabinets
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    How to raise deck of wall cabinets?

    The left and right separations need to be adjusted in many cases be sure to check the DBX. I found a simpler method that does not require a custom door. I was trying to create an example (and figure out for myself) showing the logic to how the program is thinking here. Failed at that but this option occurred to me and works. Attached is plan using Traditional overlay (not full as before) As before you have the option of auto-building the light rail or not-both examples are in the plan. Frameless Raised Bottom.plan
  4. I've posted this in the past but have seen folks making doors from solids or importing SU files so thought I'd drop this in again. Warning-No video, very little instruction. There is an assortment of objects against the wall that can be used to make panels for doors or waisncot. Camera is set up in case molding needs adjustment. Then there are a couple of wall cabinets- set to 3/4" depth, sides and back are openings with no separation (hint-make the cabinet front that way and set the left and right separation of the front to 0" (not default !))-then for each side and back select "match side" then select "custom face", once done go to the front and change it) Set default separation width to desired, make all separations default (or not) change opening to side panel inset, select one of the wainscott panels you converted to cabinet door symbols. Select cabinet and convert to symbol. IF you want to make a full size normal door. It will look better if you do it in stages. You want a wainscot panel for the cabinet that centers front to back in the frame. IF need a raised panel make sure it is raised on both sides (can get a little tricky to make that one). Convert to symbol cabinet door first, place in plan, resize the depth to the thickness of the house door you want, CHANGE the Y stretch plane to center of the door (open symbol DBX) then convert that to a regular Door symbol. The reason to go through stages is that if you just convert the 3/4" cabinet door to a door you get an extra line along the side when the depth is increased-bit annoying. New Door template.plan
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    How to raise deck of wall cabinets?

    Sorry, answered this a while ago and went back to work but guess I failed to actually post-duh. Plan attached with updated door symbol in it on the floor. Offset Z axis to 1.375 as on original -you have 1 5/16 which is a change? BEFORE converting to symbol door was set to 37 7/8 high, then the Z dimensions is locked-strech plane set outside the symbol so it does nothing. This is where you ran into trouble. So if you need other size doors you will need another custom door-easy enough to do on the fly. (also might want to look around for stuff I posted on making cabinet doors in tips or symbols-some time ago. I make them from wall cabinets) overlaplightrail updated door.plan
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    How can rope lights be switched?

    I don't like how they the rope lights work in PBR to begin with. I change the spacing, type and output to my satisfaction. Once converted I put a few in the library (on old computer right now) I've found that just having a few sizes works for me and they can be adjusted within reason (6 inches or so, bit more if shortening) It may matter to that I don't ever use just tape, instead exclusively Hafele Loox 12 volt already in channels. Customers love it, holds up better than tape and keeps installers happy AND I can connect to it-YMMV. Forgot that it also goes into the schedule the way I want-as Hafele Loox 2029 or 2037 with part numbers.
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    How can rope lights be switched?

    I space lights how and levels to what I like, then convert to symbol, electric light. Can get a way with altering the size of the symbols a bit before the lights don't look right. Once converted to an electric symbol light connections work.
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    How to raise deck of wall cabinets?

    I did that out of habit since I use molding lines instead of placing in the cabinet DBX. Using a separate molding line allows for a clean gable at the ends by adjusting the exposed side. The other method with molding as part of the cabinet can be done by just using the adjusted door, shortening the cabinet and raise it. revised attached. IOW the opening at the bottom is only needed if it makes schedules work better. The way this look is usually ordered is more like the method using the molding line BUT depending on manufacturer there may not be a rail at the bottom back unless it's a finished gable end (annoying when they do it that way, messy to fix) overlap light rail 2.plan
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    How to raise deck of wall cabinets?

    Dragged out the new laptop which doesn't have old files or user library yet. Plan attached. Read your specs, think this is close-door set to 1/8" shorter than cabinet, Z axis offest 1.375", cabinet set as framed 3/4" which matches frameless construction but allows more adjustment. Bottom opening placed as 1.25", cabinet sides adjusted to have opening at bottom. light rail added as molding. overlap light rail.plan
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    How to raise deck of wall cabinets?

    I got all the time from demi- cudtom- not box store brands but other semi Showplace, Mountaineer, Cabico, Elmwood, Luxor, .. others. Make a custom door symbol offset on z axis to overlap that extra 1/8", might have to set reveals to 0 and add blank areas where you need reveal, or might have to add reveal amount to the offset. Might need to lock height? Not at computer to check but have had doors extend 3/4 down. Just don't remember details but doable.
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    Video card for laptop

    The main thing on a laptop is to make sure that Chief is using your nvidia card. Open Nvidia control panel, manage 3 d settings, add, navigate to chief architect exe. Go down the list if you like, most settings I use either lete the program decide or high performance.
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    How to raise deck of wall cabinets?

    yeah 1-1/2 oops
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    How to raise deck of wall cabinets?

    No need to play with shelves unless you want to change the finish of the bottom. Change box construction to framed, full overlay, 3/4" separation, change bottom separation to 1/12" minimum (it's what I spec all the time)
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    Can I easily copy a CAD layer to another plan?

    I only use CAD like that for as built so I never change it. For variations consider using referance display showing other pla(s)
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    Can I easily copy a CAD layer to another plan?

    Check the active cad layer that you are pasting to is displayed? Only reason that might not work. OR if you imported a dwg and it is on multiple layers? Personally I use "reference display" for that. Place dwg (CAD) on defined layer and use a layerset that only shows that layer. There are advantages to using separate plan with nothing else there but the CAD. Have that plan open, then open the plan you want to work on. Turn on reference display, then "change floor/reference" to show the plan and layerset with the CAD. As long as the CAD is not blocked you can snap to that now but will not change any of it from the plan you are working in.
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    Finding Imported DWG objects

    I most often bring dwg into a cad detail but I also have a point set at 0,0 in my templates and set the bottom left corner of the building there. It helps if bringing in dwg from architect which I do a lot. You can add it at any time though. "Input Point"
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    layout file to working file

    You have to trace it. I like to convert to DWG with another progam to trace so I can snap to it. Bring it into a CAD detail, check the size, set all to a layer, copy, paste hold position in plan, unblock or you can't snap, lock the layer. Nothing will snap to a PDF. Lot of folks convert the PDF to an image file (png or jpg) and trace that. NOTE- lock the layer that the pdf, png, or dwg is on.
  18. Don't need to use a psolid. Help, search, image....I use backdrops placed outside windows often.
  19. There's a bonus library of space planning blocks. It's not got everything but the groups can be exploded and individual items adjust, i.e. chair stretched to a sofa. It's a start.
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    Moving Symbol less than 1/16"

    Open the cabinet dbx, face items, seewhat the doors are. The door symbols are included in the floor plan bottom right.
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    Moving Symbol less than 1/16"

    I did turn them into a cabinet door symbol, then rotated. A couple of door symbols in the plan for investigation.
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    Moving Symbol less than 1/16"

    A bit of an alternate for making angled hood symbol/parts, (threw in a couple of variations in the cabinet doors). Just for ideas, middle of setting up new machine so don't have libraries yet but you will get the idea . Eliminates the 1/32 issue, some variations will use default cabinet molding and use cabinet defaults for finishes. Now if you want the cabinet door edges beveled that requires a custom door to begin with but I never ask for that from the maker. Hood method.plan
  23. I had a go at it using the original plan you posted which has only 2 floors. It's how I'd go at it to begin- Copied exterior walls and windows of that room from first to second floor, used a railing wall to define the balcony area and set other room to open below... close to picture. I included generic columns in the railing wall. If it were me I'd try to find a way to get rid of that extra little second floor. No idea where the ceiling height issues are elsewhere, sounded like you had a handle on that. Balcony 1.plan
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    Imported DXF file not showing up

    It also does not open in NanoCad, TurboCad and is a mess in DXF viewer. Something wrong with the file.
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    Change 2D CAD object to 3D?

    Do it in floor plan sample attached rebar sample.plan this was multiple copy, you could also use AlaskanSons suggestion instead