Monday, June 11, 2012

Detail Level Ignored with Unlocked Wall Layers

We can unlock a layer or layers in a wall to allow "pulling" them up or down separately from the rest of a wall. This makes it possible to create a brick veneer that drops below a level some distance or pull the stud layer up farther, like this.

To make this possible you need to edit the wall's structure and select a layer to unlock, like this: 1 - Click Modify, 2 - Select the edge of a layer, 3 - Unlock the padlock

Interestingly, in Ceiling Plan views only, when we take advantage of this we lose the ability to show just two lines with Detail Level: Coarse.

I suppose it makes sense somewhat, since they are now distinctly separate but the hope was that we could still see just two line in Coarse. Seems to work fine in plan views though.


The Revit Kid said...

Could it be that the wall is not being cut in the ceiling plan view and the multiple lines are actually projection lines? This would make the detail level function obsolete.

I just tested it out and as long as the wall is being cut the double lined coarse detail level worked fine.

TLane said...

This looks like a great way to extend brick veneer to a brick shelf below grade... However, when I try to place a structural footing at the bottom of a wall with an extension, I run into a problem.

Revit creates two footings. One of the footings is attached to the extension, and the other is attached to the rest of the wall.

Has anyone else run into this problem / does anyone have a solution?

Steve said...

@ TLane - I wouldn't expect that to work and the shelf shouldn't be attached to that. It would be more appropriate to create the ledge with a slab edge applied to the floor slab and then the brick veneer pulled down to the ledge...much like the order of construction would have it happen anyway.

Steve said...

@ The Revit Kid - Yes...however the original inspiration for this was a ceiling and soffit wall condition where using this technique results in a nice section but produces an extra line in plan. That line ends up making a slightly fatter thickererer line when it is printed and slightly annoying to some.