Jaredp757

Help with interior wall dimensioning, omitting exterior

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Rather new to Chief, novice in 2020 and Xactimate. I have sorrowed many of the online help videos and can't seem to find my solution. (most all begin by building a structure, and then constraining inside dimensions, id rather constrain the inside, and the outside is what it is?) 

 

Looking to only create indoor spaces, and dimension all walls as such, similar to using the Leica X3/X4. How can I dimension, or better yet create a plan, using solely interior finished walls? Ive attempted changing my default, trying to rough in with exterior walls, no breakthrough yet on my end.

 

Using x12, image of current disaster. The dimensions is never consisting, sometime it takes an inside dimension for a constraint, sometime the outside. All that is relevant to me is inside dimensions as I do interior remodels. 

 

Thanks to any and all advice and help.

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Please check your messages.

 

 

You seem to be using exterior dimensions. Delete those via Edit>Delete Objects and use Temporary Dimensions to locate your walls.

 

You can set your Dimension Defaults to dimension to surfaces if you wish.

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This may or may not be helpful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fantastic. will review both videos. Everything I have learned from the plethora of new user videos, all begin with exterior dimensions, or if looking to dimension from framing members etc.

 

Going through all your input now!

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Watched both, similar to what I've been attempting. Even still, when using manual dimensions, it selects on "outside wall" and one "inside". All walls are straight interior walls, so one would assume it would by default provide interior dimensions..?

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What dimension tool are you using?

 

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Well, I can elect to use the Point to Point manual dimensioning tool, however that doesn't allow me to adjust, just measure. If there was a way to constrain interior wall sizes using the manual dimension tool, that would work, just a little more time intuitive.

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I don't understand what you are trying to accomplish. You used the word "constrain" which makes me think you are trying to keep something from moving. 

 

If you understand the dimension tools, including temporary dimensions, that's not really needed.

 

In your image just above showing the 15' 6" dimension, if you were using temporary dimensions configured correctly, you would click on the short wall (left end of dimension) and you would get a temporary dimension from its surface to the surface of parallel walls to the right and left. Click one of the dimensions to move that wall. 

 

Point to point allows you to move objects its dimensioning, as do manual interior dimensions -- what I show above.

 

I'll suggest spending some time on the Chief site viewing videos on dimensioning. I think sometimes people make it more difficult than it is.

 

There is also the auto interior dimension tool, but it generates duplicate dimensions making a mess. Select a room and look in the Edit Toolbar to find it.

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I didn't watch Eric's videos but if you only want interior finish dimensions, I would set up a new dimension default that dimensions to the face of the finish.  I call my default 'As-built'.  I don't use auto dimensions, only manually placed dimensions.

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I watched a few "as built" videos C.A. and YouTube channel, im doing simply that. For whatever reason I haven't been able to get the interior auto dimensions tool to become available, its not available in the drop down menu.

 

I believer you, this is far more troubling than it should be. All of the remodel videos, are along the lines of what im doing, but none show a start to finish, a lot just talk about tooling.

 

In this photo, I've been able to get a lot of the dimensions accurately. im shy of some needed for a continuous (clock wise) rotation, but will work around that. As you can see, that interior partition wall distance, I need to be 18'2, but any time I try to set it, it selects the entire outer wall, rather than just the inside span that I need. Ill continue to troubleshoot, but again, agree, far more difficult for something so easy.

 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Jaredp757 said:

I haven't been able to get the interior auto dimensions tool to become available, its not available in the drop down menu.

 

You don't want to use that tool, but I told you where to find it above -- have a look.

 

I also suggested you delete all existing dimensions and use Temporary Dimensions instead.

 

Here is a video from the Chief YouTube channel (lots of other good videos there too).

 

 

 

 

 

This is using your plan.

 

 

 

 

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Eric, that video is absolutely fantastic, immediate give away, is when I select a wall, the dimensions aren't shown like in your video! Once I find the fix for that in my defaults, that would literally be all the change I need!

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