March 6, 2019 at 1:44 pm #8456
Another does it exist or just a Wish List entry? My old software had “Invisible Walls” which were essentially 0 width walls. I used these often for positioning and dimension references.
Example: I’ve imported a Google Earth jpg as a Trace element showing some of my property, house & out buildings so that I’ll be able to add landscaping features later. Can see the ridge of the 2nd story well, so want to draw the house related to that. Since the roof also covers a porch, the actual ridge line is offset w.r.t. the building. I can draw a Line over the jpg ridge and want to position my 28 ft wall so that 9 ft are left of this Line and 19 ft are right of the line. So would like to see dimensions between the Line and each end of the wall. Yes, I know I can build a temp wall as a ridge or add a roof at this point to do this, but just seeing if there was another way with Lines or something else. Similarly, I need to locate out buildings X,Y ft from the house, so it’d be nice to have reference lines that I could just select to see the separation distance later and not have to use the Measuring tool.March 6, 2019 at 2:46 pm #8888
you can use the line command or you can use the wall command to adjust the width to be 1/16″ (the smallest value the program allows) and set every else to be 0 in the “Walls (Document)” panel.
line command tools–> layout–> line
wall command select the wall –> right click –> properties
You must be logged in to access attached files.March 6, 2019 at 3:37 pm #8887
I understand about the tiny wall, but not the line. When I drew a (layout) line, across my 28 ft wall, I didn’t see a way to get the dimensions of the wall left of the line and right of the line. What am I missing?March 7, 2019 at 9:58 am #8883
I see that I can add some dimension lines and they would work IF i could get them to snap to a wall. Any technique for that?March 7, 2019 at 10:16 am #8881
the line command doesn’t display dimensions, it’s only good when you want to reference a distance for that moment. I think using the wall command would be better if you want the dimensions to show. you can also use the linear dimensions found under the toolbar as well.
tools–> dimensions –> linear dimensionsMarch 7, 2019 at 10:32 am #8880
if you wanted the dimension line to snap to the wall then, I think it might be better if you use the “linear dimension” as a reference line instead of the wall or the line command. linear dimension should be able to snap to the wall and you can also edit by right-clicking on the dimensions.March 7, 2019 at 11:14 am #8879
The dimension line that I tried was a Linear Dimension. Problem is that I can get it to snap to center of the wall, but not to outside edge. Right now I’m testing with just a 2×4 core, no ext veneer, no interior surface. Instead of getting the 28′ between 2 walls, I get 27′ 8 1/2″. Since I’m still in “learn” mode, there may be an option that I’m not aware of yet to do this. I see there are edge choices when displaying Dimensions.March 7, 2019 at 1:22 pm #8858
Does it help to know you can right click and offset a line any distance you want from the original line (ridge).
Then snap dimensions to end points.
zimmerdesign.comMarch 7, 2019 at 2:23 pm #8786
In the video attached link, the Move tool is used to snap various nodes in a wall to a line.
You should be able to do the same with a dimension by zooming in and snapping to point on wall. Or just create dim and snap wall to it.
Let me know if Video URL takes you to Move tool You Tube Video.
March 7, 2019 at 2:47 pm #8783
Hi Jack. As in the old days, your suggestions work perfectly for me. Thanks.
Another Thread I wish I could mark as Solved.
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