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build your dormers and roof then use the break tool to break the roof planes around the dormers and connect the valley's of the roof and dormers, I always use the 3 key to break the roof planes and the 2 key to connect the valley's, make sure you select the main roof plane first then use the break tool

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Chief 58, I've noticed that in order to set the main roof back to the wall after a break, I need to be sure to break well inside the dormer area.  I haven't even thought about connecting the gable dormer valley to the facia of main roof.  

 

I'm on a Mac so the keys may be a little different.  Am I making this harder than it should be?  Is there an easy way to do this.  How would you connect the dormer valley to the facia?

 

Mike

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I am having a problem breaking the main roof to incorporate main wall and dormer wall. I broke the roof on 5 other dormers, but when copying dormer to adjacent wall and trying to break main roof to slide back to wall, I get an error message and a lot of problems.  
 

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I would not call that a dormer, or use the dormer tool to accomplish that roof.

 

Are you trying for an automatic roof build?

 

The Gable/Roof Line tool will create the gable, but you will need to manually edit the roof planes to finish.

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Hmm.  Not sure I get what your proposing solver.  The dormer tool works to make it (just have to break the roofline in front).  Are you saying there is an easier way??

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8 minutes ago, ChiefWorkhorse said:

Are you saying there is an easier way??

 

Maybe -- but mostly just different.

 

You could place wall breaks where you want the dormer and set the wall to Full Gable. Or use the Gable/Roof Line tool. Or generate and modify the Roof Baseline Polyline.

 

All will generate the same roof without using a dormer.

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7 hours ago, ChiefWorkhorse said:

I am having a problem breaking the main roof to incorporate main wall and dormer wall. I broke the roof on 5 other dormers, but when copying dormer to adjacent wall and trying to break main roof to slide back to wall, I get an error message and a lot of problems.  
 

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you can use the Gable over Window ( Opening) Tool for that situation ( its not a Dormer really), if need be make the windows larger and even mull them together temporarily , build the Gable and then un-mull / resize the windows as needed.  The Gable seems to remember the Original size at least in my test plan....

 

M.

 

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9 minutes ago, Kbird1 said:

you can use the Gable over Window ( Opening) Tool

 

Which is a shortcut to manually drawing a Gable/Roof Line and centering it on a window.

 

The Gable/Roof Line can be edited too -- pitch changed, made shorter or longer.

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11 minutes ago, solver said:

 

Which is a shortcut to manually drawing a Gable/Roof Line and centering it on a window.

 

The Gable/Roof Line can be edited too -- pitch changed, made shorter or longer.

 

Yes ,,, but @ChiefWorkhorse didn't seem to understand you or the use of that tool so I posted an easier method since not everyone is as adept as you with the Manual Tools ...

 

M.

 

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Here is a demo plan showing the 3 methods.

 

It seems if you have multiple structures in a plan, and you use Roof Baseline Polylines, they must be used for all structures. That is, you cannot use a Roof Baseline Polyline on only one structure.

 

It also seems that Edit Area has problems, as you will notice the rightmost structure is missing its soffit and the fascia/shadow boards are incorrect.

 

Gable Demo 1.zip

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