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Wes Gardner

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  1. @zoeageorg, just FYI, all of the framing tools should be viewed as conceptual. The wall framer is the oldest of the lot...as you've seen, it creates extruded elements. It can produce a "pretty picture" but it will not frame a proper corner. The other framing tools offer a bit more intelligence but will still need to be checked carefully. Wes
  2. @Andrew Mac...in house we used to use Camtasia for the PC side...dunno if that's still "standard fair." For the Mac, we use Screenflow. Wes
  3. @trashcan...assuming your walls form a "wall network" (all are joined), you can use the paint bucket mode (Inner Boundary mode) of the Slab tool to "pour" yourself a slab....you can then adjust it for elevation if necessary...I usually do that in a front or side view. Of course, it can be automated by using Layer heights, etc. You'll probably want to use the same tool for ceilings? Wes
  4. @Mark Aceto...I hear your Mark! Fortunately we can support both workflows!
  5. @Mark Aceto, the trend is to get annotations, be they data tags, dimensioning, notes, etc. into the Annotation Space of a viewport on a sheet layer. Grid Lines, although they are created in design layers, work nicely and will show up in both elevation and section when displayed in a viewport on a sheet layer. I would stop using the Space Tool's tag and start using a Data Tag for room names, etc in a viewport on a sheet layer. The main reason is scalability. Wes
  6. @MGilc...just FYI, you should be dimensioning (at least for final output) in the Annotation space of a viewport on a sheet layer. Yes, you +can+ dimension on design layers...I use this to "proof out" my design before doing final dimensioning as outlined above. Wes
  7. ^^^^^ What he said ūüôā
  8. @mthompson, like this? I added too much line weight so you can see the effect... Wes
  9. @H.Lagos, since this is a Project Sharing file, I'd pull down another working file and see if the issue remains. Then I'd call Tech Support... and be prepared to share your file. Wes
  10. Here's a pretty cool method for creating reveals and other wall-modifying elements using symbols and the Wall Hole command. In this image, I left the small "alignment icons" turned on (they're small blocks at the bottom of the vertical reveals) but you can easily just turn their class off.. the elegance is that this method will "go around the corner" both inside and outside corners.... Wes
  11. Have you tried a small test file with all the same attributes as far as using stories, etc. etc. to see if that imports? Past doing that, I'm in over my head, sorry. If you can't get any love there, I'd recommend contacting tech support and having them take a look at your file. Wes
  12. @bc, when you do, the wall knows...it reduces its area accordingly, you can then report this in a worksheet as in a material take off. Many other reasons... Wes
  13. Additionally, if you use a Data Tag to insert Room Names based on Spaces in section view, be sure to have the space turned ON when you set the tag. You can then turn the space off. Wes
  14. @Kevin K, regarding your window question, if the window style is set up such that the trim is set to "By Style" (the bent arrow icon), then yes, all the windows will change if you change the trim in the style. If, however, the trim is set to "By Instance" (the slider icon), then no, you'll need to go around and adjust each one. Think of a style as a symbol where you can specify which parameters are "fixed" and which parameters are adjustable. I honestly believe styles are the way to go... Wes
  15. @Kevin K, in your case, based on the size/type of your projects, I agree - I would not use stories. However, I'm sure there are folks who have gotten familiar with the level-bound scenario and who have window/door/wall/etc. styles in their libraries that take advantage of that type of set-up. My advice is to understand both methods of set up and then you can decide what is appropriate for any given project. Wes
  16. I typically recommend 3 layers per story - Floor Layout in which walls, doors, windows, cabinets, most everything is placed. Slab where the floor system is placed, the main reason for separating this out is for visualization purposed - I don't want the lines generated by a slab showing in my plan view. Ceiling - once again, primarily for visualization purposes. (For residential, this can probably be eliminated) I have also created footing layers, this makes it easier to isolate and actually draw the footing under the wall otherwise the snapping gets a bit tedious sometimes. Other layers to consider are HVAC & structural - once again, it depends on the size/complexity of the project. Overall, some of the gymnastics required are for modeling reasons, others are for visualization reasons when it comes to creating sheets. Wes
  17. @genie - I really just wanted to show that you CAN organize details in this manner...you should do what is the most comfortable for you and works for you and your firm. Wes
  18. @MGilc, I'll second the concept of using extrudes. Particularly if you are dealing with wood as a "sculptural" as well as structural element - you'll want to model your truss so that you can get the grain running in the right direction. This can mean modeling individual members of the truss. The good news - once modeled you can save it as a symbol for ease of duplication. This image shows a "hybrid" model - I initially used the framing tool to frame walls, floors and roofs. I then went back and modeled those elements in the roof that needed to be trusses and then added the chicken ladders, etc. Wes
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    @Tom W., as far as insertion, I've gotten so used to dragging from the RM, but you're right, you can use the Insertion Tool. Neither way is exactly elegant and then trying to move either a light or a dormer is a treat. Wes
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    The trick is to drag it directly from the RM and onto the roof... Wes
  21. @MaltbyDesign, the good news with a Level Bound scenario is that you CAN use Layer Bound wall styles in the same file - you just need to set a Layer Wall Height in the appropriate layer. Model on! Wes
  22. @MaltbyDesign...after spending untold numbers of hours working with both Layer Bound and Level Bound scenarios, I would use the Layer Bound system. I would consider a Level Bound system IF I were anticipating a lot of floor-to-floor changes in a multi-floor building design + if I were anticipating sending out an IFC file. Otherwise, I'm not sure there is a ROI. Wes
  23. Do you want quantity of 2xs or BF of lumber? We know that one BF = foot x foot x inch but that isn't typically how 2xs are sold.


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