Changing exterior wall heights - straight wall with break in middle union again when heights change


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I have a tall exterior wall made of 8"CMUs. I broke the wall vertically in a spot where there was an obvious addition done to this building years ago - the roof slopes differently and the exterior walls are different heights.

In an elevation view, when I change the height of one wall, the other wall also moves and the two walls union back as one full wall again. My break is gone. 

 

Is there a setting, or default that keeps unioning these walls? 
It happens both if i click and drag to extend the height, and if i change the dimension manually.

Secondly, when i increase the wall height by dimension change, sometimes instead of the wall height going up, the footer extends downward as if the top is locked in place. Is there a reason that happens and can it be changed so that all footers are locked and wont move on me?

 

Thanks all!

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It should be stable if you only select the wall that needs to be adjusted in elevation view.  If you need to adjust both walls then make one of them a copied wall type.

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14 minutes ago, AaronS71188 said:

In an elevation view, when I change the height of one wall,

 

It's best to not change wall heights manually, by dimension or by dragging.

 

Why are you needing to do this?

 

15 minutes ago, AaronS71188 said:

Is there a setting, or default that keeps unioning these walls? 

 

That's just Chief being a bit too smart -- no settings to change that control it.

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Just now, solver said:

 

It's best to not change wall heights manually, by dimension or by dragging.

 

Why are you needing to do this?

 

I have a wall height that I need to match on this existing building. Is there a different/better way to change the height of individual walls?

This building is very old with at least 3 additions done over the years, so there are many levels 

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6 minutes ago, Chopsaw said:

It should be stable if you only select the wall that needs to be adjusted in elevation view.  If you need to adjust both walls then make one of them a copied wall type.

I believe I am only selecting one wall in elevation view and adjusting the height. - see my video 

For whatever reason, they join and move as one

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24 minutes ago, AaronS71188 said:

I believe I am only selecting one wall in elevation view and adjusting the height. - see my video

 

Sorry...     Call it a wall segment then.  Select only the segment you want to adjust.   Not as you did in the video.

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26 minutes ago, AaronS71188 said:

I have a wall height that I need to match on this existing building. Is there a different/better way to change the height of individual walls?

 

I'll guess those are parapet walls with a roof that sits behind them, and does not extend over them.

 

Here I drew the wall shown selected, then drew 2 ceiling planes above the wall. Note how Chief automatically built walls to fill in between the ceiling plane and the wall below. 

 

The ceiling plane may be thickened and used as a wall cap, or made thinner as needed.

 

When you adjust wall heights manually, Chief gives up control over those walls and you are then responsible for them.

 

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On 5/13/2021 at 12:11 PM, solver said:

 

When you adjust wall heights manually, Chief gives up control over those walls and you are then responsible for them.

 

That makes sense.. so now question is, can i go back to the default wall heights without deleting/redrawing and losing all of the windows and doors ive already added? 

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