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Cable Railings on Stairs

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I can't seem to achieve cable railings on an exterior stair.  I used walls to draw the porch, and a panel from the library on the wall dialog and I need to match the same on the stairs.  I'm using VX7.

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Don't remember if there is a change from X7 to X11 that would make this difference.

 

Maybe post a simple plan -- just steps and deck.

 

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Looks like you selected a cable panel for your pickets. You need to select "panel" as your rail style (not balusters), then choose the cable

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Thanks Robert, but I think Eric may be right.  I don't see the Panel option in the dialog box anywhere.  It's hard to believe Chief would have released this ability on a deck, but not the stairs (not to be mean).  I just wonder what Chief users did to represent the stair railings to match...?

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I think Robert is on the right track.  Once you set Railing/Style to panel, you then go to Newels/Balusters and set Panels/Type to 'cable' or select from library.

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X7 is at least 4, maybe 5 years old.  I'm pretty sure the cable railings weren't available for stairs that far back.  The key is that the "Panels" section didn't exist.

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6 hours ago, Mintplanner said:

Thanks Robert, but I think Eric may be right.  I don't see the Panel option in the dialog box anywhere.  It's hard to believe Chief would have released this ability on a deck, but not the stairs (not to be mean).  I just wonder what Chief users did to represent the stair railings to match...?

 

 

Turn off the Stair railings altogether and then draw your own Straight Railing , setting it to "Follow Stairs" , then change to panels etc  just like on the Deck Railing.

 

Mick.

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Mick,


I can Draw a Newel/Baluster, but I don't see an option to Draw a railing.  Am In in the right place?

 

Thanks,

Tim

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18 minutes ago, Mintplanner said:

Mick,


I can Draw a Newel/Baluster, but I don't see an option to Draw a railing.  Am In in the right place?

 

Thanks,

Tim

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No , just use a Straight Railing off the Railing Menu and define it per the Deck Railing along with setting it to "Follow Stairs" .

 

Turn the Railings OFF on the Stairs themselves in that DBX. (might be already by the looks?)

 

M.

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I keep revisiting this, but I just don't see it.  I don't have the Draw Railing feature.  I can draw a Newel/Baluster, but not Railings inside the stair dbx.

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14 minutes ago, Mintplanner said:

I keep revisiting this, but I just don't see it.  I don't have the Draw Railing feature.  I can draw a Newel/Baluster, but not Railings inside the stair dbx.

 

it's Under the Railing Menu Item next to the Wall Menus/Icons

 

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I appreciate your persistence!  I have tried using all room types, and now I'm using a Deck with a slab (it's a concrete stoop).  I have the deck railings set correctly and I'm using panels on the deck railings to achieve cable railings.  Inside railing defaults, I have selected the Rail Syle will be Panels and will Follow Stairs. I drew a landing in the basement to give the stairs a starting height of -60". 

 

Best I can tell, Draw Railing only makes the railings appear in plan view, which I don't want, but I'm playing along hoping to find a solution!  What am I missing?

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Without the plan (and almost none of us have X7 installed) there's no way to know what you are doing wrong.

That said, try the following:

  1. Draw a railing wall in the basement next to the stairs. 
  2. Move that railing wall so that it's main layer is on the stair. 
  3. Set the railing wall to "Follow Stair".

That should work.  If not, post the plan and maybe someone can do it for you.

 

BTW, why have you not upgraded since X7? 

X11 has much more capability.

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Any wall may be set as a railing -- look at the first tab in the wall specification dialog.

 

As Joe and others have said, you need to draw a wall that is not part of your stairs or deck. Position it under the stair, and you may need to adjust its position to get it to follow stairs.

 

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OHHHHH, I didn't know I was drawing a wall that wasn't part of the deck to create the railing that follows the stairs!  Oh, the light bulbs are going off over here!  Thanks you all!

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