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  1. I have spent way too much time experimenting ways to solve a strange rendering issue I am having.  When I add shutters to windows the shutter profile renders in the window opening in Hidden Line which I want to use my Elevation plans.I feel like I have somehow done this but I have not a clue how or how to resolve it.  



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  2. Hello 


    How do I integrate a turned gable and have the siding continue up beyond the overhang (removing the overhang between the eaves)?  I have simply drawn a rectangle here to just have the turned roof to mimic the look the best I can for now.  




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  3. 3 hours ago, CipesDesign said:

    This may not be entirely relevant to the original question, but.... For my work (one-man shop, mostly custom residential one-offs) I always like to stick with a) what is the simplest way to get there, and b) how does the thing actually get built. So for a typical sloping garage slab I have always found that a Roof Face is by far the easiest and most effective tool in the toolkit. Set slope to 1/4" per foot and set the high point correctly as it relates to the adjacent floor and voila. 


    Appreciate your input, very relevant.  Although, a convoluted process,, I like the output I got using the actual slab tool with modifiers.  Site conditions may cause us to add more grade beams or even supporting piers but I'm OK with noodling that through on site at time of build.  I'd prefer they enhance the slab tool for sloping slabs that are not used for roofs with drains.  For now, I just changed the, drainage notes to a class that is invisible to get rid of the drain info on my slab that has no drains.




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  4. On 9/25/2020 at 10:52 AM, stevewrightni said:

    makes no difference? still get the error flash up that the wall has storey attributes which no longer exist



    This can be so frustrating and makes your head spin and wonder if trying to model 3D to develop your 2D documents is worth the learning curve.  Even tho you have an "Unstyled" wall click on that STYLE in the Object Info Palette end edit the wall style.  Go into Edit for each component of the wall composition and set the top and bottom  to RELATIVE TO WALL.  I would then save that style with a name that will be a resource for the wall but I think it will work as the current "unstyled" wall type (even without saving) and allow you to set the height and bottom there in the Object info palette shown on your screen shot.

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  5. 20 hours ago, Wes Gardner said:

    @Inspectorjack, I think I used 1/2" as the thickness of the actual sheathing...you may want to change its texture to OSB.  There's a Saved View in the file that turns the siding off..."Model All" turns it back on.





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    Zip-R House.vwx

    Howdy Wes and Thank you.

    I dare say a video instruction series of just developing that model, maybe with little more complexity, could be the basis of a great "Model Set-up"  instruction asset.  As well as  a Design Summit class.  


  6. 47 minutes ago, E|FA said:


    VW staff have lots of "secret" support documents.  Here's a wishlist item with a request that management makes it all available:



    VW University is a start, but with a problematic interface and not all of the content available.

    Yes. I feel University is a great start and needed, but a mess in many aspects.  Progress tracking, version organization and relevance, etc.

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  7. I would suggest that This "single-slope" drainage element should be better documented in the app-help section. Admittedly, it might be plain as day but I couldn't find it.  Its also a little convoluted to pull off, but glad to have it.  I need this for every house I draw with a garage.  Thanks for the video.

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  8. Forgive me for such an elementary question.  Can I insert a Slab and have it slope ie: a garage slab that drains towards the garage opening?   On another note can a depression or recess of difference in thickness be made?  Say for an elevator pit, or for stepped-down space or garage entrance weather lip.  Grazie, thanks, merci


  9. 13 minutes ago, Wes Gardner said:

    @Inspectorjack, are you getting the small GREEN squares in your viewport?





    Thanks for this tip. It seems the associative points can be determined by the green squares.  Yes, I get them on the wall vertices but not on the PIO window objects anywhere.  I can move walls and have the Associated dimensions update.  Just need to figure out the PIO settings that will allow this as well.   Thanks again.

  10. On 9/21/2020 at 4:55 PM, bentonboyd said:

    I am building a screened porch as an addition to the back of my home (a single story home with truss roof system).  My roof appears to be built as a raised heel truss with a bottom chord overhang (and these overhangs protrude into my new screened porch area, which will also be built with trusses running the opposite direction. I know cutting trusses is a no-no, but am wondering if the trusses can be modified to have a butt end or stub end (with a wedge or blocking) then the extended gable could be removed such that the exterior wall of my home runs directly up without having to have fascia or a bump out to cover the end of the existing trusses?

    Are you saying the raised heels are outboard of the bearing wall?  

    Modifying the trusses is possible with a prescribed repair of glue, gussets (plywood) and nails.  You will most likely need to devise the repair yourself on paper and have it P.E. stamped IMO.  



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  11. For my latest house my 2nd story will be partly comprised of a bedroom closet and laundry built within living space trusses over the garage. 


    I'm planning currently to "fake" the walls with the wall tool and model the roof. The walls will have a clipped 45° from ~6' to full  height.  I guess i can just reshape the walls to match the truss profile


    Recommendations for workflow for this?

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