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I come from AutoCAD & find Chief to be much more un-user friendly.  This program is frustrating to the pt. I am ready to flush the several thousands of $s I have paid for training(including Chief Experts) down the drain & go back to AutoCAD or learn one of the programs that actually have classes @ the local community college, since Chief dosnt.  That being said, I am trying to create a simple "truss(w/arched bottom chord).  I count no less than 8 possible ways/tools to create the arc but have yet to find a video that shows how to do this.  Can someone help please or direct me to a video.  Thank you!

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Just put in a curved ceiling plane then when you install a truss manually, the bottom cord will follow the ceiling plane. real simple and easy to do.

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In one of your previous threads you mentioned you are using Designer Pro, which I'm guessing is Home Designer Pro.

 

If that's true, then you must understand that it has limitations when compared to Chief Architect Premier.

 

What product are you using?

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Thanx for  response Drawzilla, I really appreciate your help, however as luck would have it, I have never put in a curved ceil. plane.

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1 hour ago, solver said:

In one of your previous threads you mentioned you are using Designer Pro, which I'm guessing is Home Designer Pro.

 

If that's true, then you must understand that it has limitations when compared to Chief Architect Premier.

 

What product are you using?

I was informed of that so I upgraded to Chief X9

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2 hours ago, WAGSDSN35 said:

I count no less than 8 possible ways/tools to create the arc but have yet to find a video that shows how to do this.  Can someone help please or direct me to a video

 

What specific part of the process of creating your truss do you need help with?

 

Have you created a truss without the curved part?

 

Do you understand how to change a straight line to an arc?

 

Can you draw a slab, for example, and curve one of the sides?

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Do you have a picture or rendering of what you are looking to accomplish? Different techniques will better fit different design intents.

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Here's a quick vid on curved bottom roof trusses. Simple and easy for some but a bit more complex for others and for a beginner it can be downright frustrating as you've discovered. Hope it helps.

 

If you need to create a custom truss, that's another process.

 

 

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I think in the real world, you would use a scissor truss and apply plywood with blocking to the bottom chord in the shape of the arch.  I would think that a truss with a curved bottom chord would be pretty expensive.

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3 minutes ago, javatom said:

I think in the real world, you would use a scissor truss and apply plywood with blocking to the bottom chord in the shape of the arch.  I would think that a truss with a curved bottom chord would be pretty expensive.

Yeah true that, or create a custom curved bottom chord truss out of larger lumber - also very expensive. Have you ever done a curve bottomed truss? I have custom ordered some pretty elaborate trusses but the cost killed the project - or at least the trusses.

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I was guessing something like this.

 

This is incomplete as I was working on some ideas.

 

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I don't think I would even waste their time by asking them to price it out.  It would never see the light of day.

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7 minutes ago, solver said:

I was guessing something like this.

 

This is incomplete as I was working on some ideas.

 

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As good a guess an any Eric. Hope to hear back from the OP and offer some help but you never know...

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7 minutes ago, javatom said:

I don't think I would even waste their time by asking them to price it out.  It would never see the light of day.

There are a few clients around these parts where the cost of gigantic custom trusses (and custom engineered hardware etc.) isn't much of an obstacle. Those are pretty rare as you can imagine but I've seen them built in a couple homes. There's a place in Texas that will do the work and ship but again, really pricey.

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7 minutes ago, HumbleChief said:

I wonder if my local truss company would build a curved bottomed truss??

 

Yes, they can do it. I've had Alpine manufacture barrel vaults; what I don't know is if the vault arch was "structural" or cosmetic.

 

 

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Just now, rlackore said:

 

Yes, they can do it. I've had Alpine manufacture barrel vaults; what I don't know is if the vault arch was "structural" or cosmetic.

 

 

Interesting for future reference

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On ‎5‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 5:02 PM, solver said:

In one of your previous threads you mentioned you are using Designer Pro, which I'm guessing is Home Designer Pro.

 

If that's true, then you must understand that it has limitations when compared to Chief Architect Premier.

 

What product are you using?

Thanx for your response.  Yea, I was given a heads up about that.  I have been using Chief Arch. X9 for nearly a year now.

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On ‎5‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 7:13 PM, solver said:

 

What specific part of the process of creating your truss do you need help with?

 

Have you created a truss without the curved part?

 

Do you understand how to change a straight line to an arc?

 

Can you draw a slab, for example, and curve one of the sides?

I have created a standard truss.  I am able to change a straight line to a truss but am having trouble curving a slab or polyline solid.  So no, not able to curve a slab.

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On ‎5‎/‎14‎/‎2018 at 10:05 AM, javatom said:

I think in the real world, you would use a scissor truss and apply plywood with blocking to the bottom chord in the shape of the arch.  I would think that a truss with a curved bottom chord would be pretty expensive.

Thanx for getting back to me.  Actually, price may be cost prohibitive in the long run.  I know of someone in the Portland/SW Washington area that does this.  Also, The trusses will be exposed which will cut down on the cost of a finished ceiling however being Arch. grade will even be more than you were anticipating.  I'll need to do the #s.  

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On ‎5‎/‎14‎/‎2018 at 6:52 AM, HumbleChief said:

Here's a quick vid on curved bottom roof trusses. Simple and easy for some but a bit more complex for others and for a beginner it can be downright frustrating as you've discovered. Hope it helps.

 

If you need to create a custom truss, that's another process.

 

 

Humble I viewed your video & it was really helpful.  I am about to view it again & then try to create some trusses.  Your instructions were very straight forward & easy to understand.  Kudos to you & much appreciated!  I'll let you know how it turns out.

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...AND REMEMBER YOU CAN SPEC THE TRUSS SIZES ETC. IN THE ROOF AND FRAMING DIALOG BOXES CAPS SORRY

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Here's a couple long vids showing another option. Apologies to the Chief Experts....

 

 

 

 

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Another custom truss created using the same tools. The reason for posting this is to show what's possible in Chief for the new users who really doubt the entire paradigm. Once you get used to Chief's tools they work pretty well....

 

 

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On ‎5‎/‎14‎/‎2018 at 10:12 AM, solver said:

I was guessing something like this.

 

This is incomplete as I was working on some ideas.

 

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Solver, yes that looks close to what i am looking for.  The major difference I may need/want a King Post.  Again, thanx for helping me out on this!

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