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I am doing a story and a half  addition with a staircase in the rear corner of the addition. Chief balloon frames the walls around the auto generated  stairwell. My Exterior walls are 2"x 6" 16" O.C  which  is more than enough beef to hang the stairs on. I do not want to balloon frame these walls. I tried breaking these walls and doing a frame rebuild to no avail. I want to run plates on top and bottom and rim and band just like the normal floor platform. 


There is nothing structurally wrong with the way chief generates it but it is a lot stronger to frame it the way I want. Instead of using open below I tried using a poly-line and cutting a hole in the floor platform but that is tedious for sure and almost impossible to get everything to line up. if I spent hours I could re-frame in 3D frame view  but that does not  even show up when you do a frame section of the wall.


Any suggestions anyone.?


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David,  There may be an elegant solution to this but if you must manually re frame, it is much faster to edit the Wall Detail than to edit in 3D.

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....Any suggestions anyone.?



Yes,  put in a floor  (defined as open to below) where you want the break in the balloon frame wall.....

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