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OK Here's another one. I want to hide the top portion of a hip roof making it appear "truncated" (hips up to a flat section). Don't need to create it that way, just have it appear that way in the drawing. Can do it in top plan view of roof by using a rectangle. Don't know how to in an elevation. Any ideas? Thx.

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If that's really what you want (in other words, why not just model it accurately?) then its simple: use a rectangle with line set to None and then draw a line across the flat portion...

Still, it would be better to model it accurately. Create the Roof, then Ungroup it. Use Clip Surface to clip off the top portions of each roof face, then use a Floor (or a Roof Face with very little slope) to create the top (flat) portion...

In my opinion, you gotta get the model right. Then everything else is much easier. And there's no need to remember all the things that need to be masked, fixed, fiddled...

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Ungrouping the Roof Object into Roof Faces is one solution.

Another is to cut a polygon representing your flat portion to the clipboard, edit the Roof Object by entering it like a group, paste in the polygon, and then exit.

You should have just clipped the core out of the hip roof object. Fill in the gap with a floor object as suggested. If you think you will still have the need for very shallow slopes on the 'flat' part you can model that with another Roof Object set to whatever slope you desire.

There was just an extensive discussion on Roof Objects vs Roof Faces you might be interested in.

http://techboard.vectorworks.net/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=173418#Post173418

Joe

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