rlackore

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  1. rlackore's post in Multiple size foundation wall and step floor truss was marked as the answer   
    You can get close using a Pony Wall for the foundation wall and checking Wall Specification>Structure>Platform Intersections>Ceiling Platform>Hang Floor Platform Above on Wall. Draw a Floor Truss, modify it, lock it, then copy it across. You will still need some CAD work to clean up the sections, or you can not worry about modeling the condition and simply reference the nice detail you have.
     

  2. rlackore's post in wall corners was marked as the answer   
    Select the pony wall, change the Display in Plan View setting to show the bottom wall, then use the Edit Wall Layer Intersection tool to correct the issue. Should work, but it can be tricky.
  3. rlackore's post in Reference Display Set Wall Fill Settings was marked as the answer   
    See if turning off the "Walls, Layers" layer in the Reference Display Layer Set helps.
  4. rlackore's post in What the HECK is this? was marked as the answer   
    Try unchecking this in Preferences>Edit>Snap Properties:
     

  5. rlackore's post in Truss no one. was marked as the answer   
    Before I let Chief run wild with roof framing, I always print a roof plan, lay down some bumwad, and hand-draw a conceptual framing plan. This forces me to critically think about the framing and helps me identify and address any unusual conditions. Then, when I draw the truss in Chief, I can use the result as a check against my concept, and vice-versa. I modify each truss, or alter the underlying plan conditions, as necessary. This is a systematic method, and it takes time, but I've found it has great benefit, especially when reviewing the truss shop drawings. It may be a step too far for some folks, but I develop framing plans and schedules for every project, so I consider it part-and-parcel of the job.
  6. rlackore's post in importing .pat files into CA was marked as the answer   
    Preferences. Drop your .pat files into this folder:
     

     
    ...or if you don't use a network, you can drop them into the default program directory. On windows it's typically: C:\Program Files\Chief Architect\Chief Architect Premier X8 (64 bit)\Patterns\
  7. rlackore's post in In a jamb with Door Jambs was marked as the answer   
    David, I believe Griffin means "rabbeted".
     
    Griffin, to answer your question, there is no satisfactory method I've found to model a commercial steel door frame, either in plan or 3D. Several of us have Suggested this be fixed, so far no joy. Again, if Chief is going to tout itself as suitable for light commercial construction, this is one of several very important issues they need to address.
  8. rlackore's post in Want this board sticking out to go away! was marked as the answer   
    Easy fix is to select the room below, open the Room Specification dbx, go to Structure>Ceiling>Ceiling Structure, click Edit, and Delete the 3/4" High Density Particle Board layer.
     

     

  9. rlackore's post in Change Glass Material in Window, Doesn't Show. was marked as the answer   
    To get the glass material to change you must have a side width for the Sash. Why? I don't know, but it's necessary.
     

  10. rlackore's post in Ridge beam extends way past edited roof was marked as the answer   
    Your roof planes/intersections are a mess:
     

     
    Clean them up and it will be fixed:
     

     
     
  11. rlackore's post in Missing Wall was marked as the answer   
    Those walls are set as Invisible. Uncheck Wall Specification>General>Options>invisible and they will show up. AFAIK, turning on the layer Walls, Invisible doesn't matter in 3D view, only plan.
  12. rlackore's post in Accidentally did something I don't know how to undo was marked as the answer   
    Select the Room, open the Room Specification dbx, then go to the Materials tab, select Component>Room>Walls, click on the Select Material button, then in the Select Material dbx click on the Plan Materials tab, scroll all the way up to the top of the Material Name list and select Use Default, then click OK and back out of all the dbxs.
  13. rlackore's post in Problem Recessed Entry In Commercial was marked as the answer   
    Just draw the walls to create the vestibule:

     
    ...then plop in the windows and doors (nothing useful in the Library - you'll have to roll your own):

     
    ...you get this:

     
    ...here's a quick section through the vestibule - mezzanine above (created as a second floor):

     
    Commercial in Chief isn't always easy, but most of it can be accomplished.
  14. rlackore's post in Walls Not Forming Correctly On Upper Portion Of Balloon Wall. was marked as the answer   
    Grab this exterior wall and drag it across to the west wall:

     
    Then select the wall segments on the interior, open the object dbx, and set the Roof>Lower Wall if Split by Butting Roof to Room Divider:

     
    Then set the Wall Types>Pony Wall>Display in Plan View to Lower Wall:

     
    You should get this:

     
    Repeat for the other side.
  15. rlackore's post in Cripple Studs Are Showing On Some Windows But Not Others. was marked as the answer   
    Those windows aren't very deep (high?) so the cut plane is slicing through the cripple studs below the rough sill, which is why they are showing in the plan view. I don't think we can change the height of the cut plane.
  16. rlackore's post in Can't Get Window To Go Through Double Stud Wall, Applies Only To Exterior Or Interior. was marked as the answer   
    Turn on Ignore Casing...
     

     
    As you move the window close the the adjacent wall this setting comes into play.
  17. rlackore's post in saving layouts and raytraces for emailing was marked as the answer   
    I can't help you with your email without knowing what email program you use, but simply adding the saved raytrace as an attachment should work fine. Same for the PDFs, or almost any other file for that matter.
  18. rlackore's post in Transom window over window or door was marked as the answer   
    Check page 393 of the X7 user manual - it covers Window Levels. Briefly, just add the transom window like you would any other, size it, set it's height above the floor, and move into position over the lower window (or you can simply copy/paste-hold-position the lower window and modify the copy). Then use the Window Level option. You can mull the units in an elevation view.
  19. rlackore's post in Selecting materials from plan materials was marked as the answer   
    I've found that if you first select any material, it sort of "activates" the dbx and then I can type to search.
  20. rlackore's post in How to mark a room a "Kitchen or Bath" to use NKBA Auto Dimensions was marked as the answer   
    Have you tried the General tab of the Room Specification dialog box?
     
     

  21. rlackore's post in Roof Conundrum was marked as the answer   
    You have to pull the roof eaves back, then build a second floor.
     

  22. rlackore's post in Custom Door Symbol Doesn't Re-Size Properly was marked as the answer   
    Oh, heck, never mind. It appears that defining the stretch zones was a mistake.
  23. rlackore's post in Frieze Issues On Manual Hip Roof With 2 Different Pitches was marked as the answer   
    Yeah, I typically throw up an exterior room molding polyline to model the frieze when the auto molding is giving me problems.
  24. rlackore's post in Where Is The Stainless Steel Finish In Render? was marked as the answer   
    Chief pre-defined metals will not show in render; they will show in raytrace only if photon mapping is enabled.
  25. rlackore's post in Strange Condition At The Floor was marked as the answer   
    The plan south walls of the game room need to be defined as foundation walls.