Learned a new trick today

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  • #13266
    SDSSDS
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    I did not know that you can shorten, or ‘raise’ the bottom of a wall simply by typing in a negative number in the (d) Lower Exterior Face Bottom edit box of the properties dialog.

    I wonder how this works with stepping or sloping a wall bottom

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    #13273
    CpittsChantale
    Keymaster

    Hi

    Just want to ensure you realize that “Lower Exterior Face” means only the exterior surface is raising and lowering when changing that value. The stud wall and interior portion remain the same.

    The negative values are great when you only want siding on part of the wall and perhaps stone on the bottom. Or a positive when you want the siding to hang down lower to hide rim board or part of a foundation wall.

    #13275
    SDSSDS
    Participant

    Ahh…well that sucks

    #13278
    CpittsChantale
    Keymaster

    You will find it very helpful if you ever need one face of the wall to be higher or lower than the other. If you need the wall to move up use “Elevate”. Easier, in the right-click menu, and it can move the entire wall up for you.

    #13280
    Conweconwe
    Participant

    Hello SDS:

    If you do a lot of 3D that is a great tool cause it allows you to hide stuff Chantale mentioned, you could do a wall step with lower exterior face bottom but you would have to break the wall at every step and adjust each section individually which would stink but if that’s how you’d prefer to do it that would work. and I’m guessing you do know that you can step and slope the bottom of walls by right clicking on a wall and adjusting it as shown in pics below.

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    SDSSDS
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    Hello SDS:

    If you do a lot of 3D that is a great tool cause it allows you to hide stuff Chantale mentioned, you could do a wall step with lower exterior face bottom but you would have to break the wall at every step and adjust each section individually which would stink but if that’s how you’d prefer to do it that would work. and I’m guessing you do know that you can step and slope the bottom of walls by right clicking on a wall and adjusting it as shown in pics below.

    I’ve always used the wall top/bottom stepping functions, most on my daylight basement models. Occasionally I’ve simply broken walls and used elevate & wall heights together, but I’ve never used the ‘lower exterior face bottom’ that way…

    I’m going to throw the ‘negative number’ trick into my little bag and look for uses, but I’ve never needed to raise the exterior face before when applying something like cultured stone or wood wainscot. I’m curious now how I might use it in the future.

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