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P Retondo

Wall cavity placement from edge instead of from center

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One of the reasons it's so convenient to use the wall styles tool is that you can enter the thickness of the wall elements. The way the wall tool dialog box works, by contrast, is that you have to calculate the distance of the cavity line from the center of the wall. If you have 5/8" gyp bd on the inside, and 1/2" ply plus 3/4" siding on the outside, try figuring out where the cavity lines are relative the center of the wall. Not that it can't be done, but it would be much easier if the cavity lines were placed relative to the outside of the wall instead of relative to the center.

[ 02-27-2003, 08:55 PM: Message edited by: P Retondo ]

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Why do we need a wall styles tool at all?

Why did NNA create a wall styles tool instead of improving the wall dialog box?

This way more complexity is added instead of putting all those features in one place where they belong.

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I agree that the wall tool and wall styles should be integrated and simplified - see my earlier post on this issue. But I feel that wall styles is a very valid and useful concept, especially because it is possible to enter the thicknesses and line weights for various construction assemblies in a simple and intuitive way.

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I agree that cavity walls would be far more useful if the cavities could be created relative to the outside of the wall rather than the center line.

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i've always thought it was strange to call them cavities. and even stranger to set them from the middle. wall styles sets up better

but is so far out of the way.

would be better if the wall styles tool had a way to scroll styles (and show which style was selected). instead of going to menu command

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