Tag Archives: Door and Windows

Door and Window Markers

When working through process, it is important to not use the “no marker” setting in the doors and windows; unless a door or window will never have a marker attached to it; for framed openings, shutters, shower doors, etc.

Door and window markers are library parts, that have default settings. So when a marker is set to “no marker” to hide, then turned back to W Marker 21/22 or D Marker 21/22, the settings go back to their default. These defaults do not match our graphic standards for pens, font, marker type, or any other setting. Markers switched off at the element level, then turned back on need to be meticulously realigned with the projects graphics and our office graphic standards.

The proper way to hide door and window markers throughout the entire plan is through model view options. Either a temporary “custom” MVO can be used to turn markers off, or a dedicated MVO (such as our template 00 | Presentation Plan) can be applied.

 

The Wrong Way!

  1. Place Doors & Windows from Favorites:

01 - Doors From Favs

2. Door/Window Marker Settings from Favorites (correctly showing D Marker 21)

02 - Default Marker Settings

3. Set Marker to No Marker… Nope! Don’t do it!

03 - No Markers

4. When Marker is reset to D Marker 21(22), it comes back looking like this; and it takes a lot of time to rebuild to the correct settings defined by the favorites.

04 - Marker Switched Back On

5. Turn markers off using the Model View Options instead!

05 - Model View Options

Note: in ARCHICAD 22, there are no “Custom” MVO’s. If Markers are turned off for the 02 | Construction Documents they will be off for all views using that setting. But unlike turning markers off at the element level, turning them off & on in the MVO will retain the default settings for the marker from the favorites.

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Custom Door Leaf Origin

We often need to use custom door leafs and window sashes. But as with any custom object or element, model primitives need to be saved with attention to project 0,0,0 (xyz relationship to project origin).  With custom objects, they should be saved at 0,0,0; centered or justified to an edge. Custom door and window leafs need to be saved relative to the Z axis, or at least relative to the model primitive’s home story.

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The important thing to note on locating elements to be saved as doors or window sashes is they need to sit above project 0 or home story. Typically, door and window components are built form slabs to be saved as a leaf or sash. The easiest way to ensure the door aligns correctly with the plan symbol is to set the reference plane to the bottom of the slab, and set the slab’s elevation to 0′ to home story (or project 0).

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Graphic Overrides!

Almost all projects have been migrated to AC20 now, and we have just run into the first “special case” for the new Graphic Override feature. Since we use 3d Documents for Reflected Ceiling Plans, we don’t have the advantage of full control over the door or window graphics or even appearance; they show as their literal cut regardless of door settings or Model View Options. In this case, we simply wanted to hide a couple of doors in the RCP; the folding doors on the right side of the image below:

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To do this, we just took the Graphic Override for RCP’s and added a new Graphic Override Rule (Hide Doors):

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This rule simply has a criteria that requires the override to apply to Doors 224 & 235 in this project. Then the Override Style is set to override all Lines to Pen 91, Fills to Empty Fill with Pen 91 for Foreground Pen 0 for Background.screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-2-11-22-pm

The result is exactly what we wanted to see; doors are there, but not visible in the documents:

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It is important to note that this solution does not resolve the Pen and Fill issues we see with saving DWG files; and further exploration is needed to find a solution for exporting DWG files without these doors showing up on our consultants plans.

Custom Door Leaf Naming

A few projects have suffered from what seems like a glitch in Cadimage Doors; where the custom settings disappear when you select a custom door leaf, or even select the door leaf tab.

If your door settings look like this, I have a solution for you:

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Door Settings are Missing!

The problem is the naming of the custom door leaf. This door leaf does not need to be applied to the door to cause the glitch. Any component accessible from the elements settings can cause this “glitch”. That is any custom door leaf, window sash, or hardware component. It is caused by the use of special characters in the object/component naming. Special characters should be avoided in all aspects of ARCHICAD, that includes external images, external drawings, attributes, views, etc. A special character is anything except Alphanumeric Characters and the dash or underscore. “,.+#%%@’;:/\?<>!* are all prohibited in library manager content.

By looking at the library manager, I can quickly find the offending component and delete it or rename it:

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25% door 12″ Wide is not an appropriate name for several reasons

Now when I refresh the libraries and go back to my door settings, I can access all door settings:

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Problem Solved!!!!!!

Cadimage Door Threshold

Although we rarely use the threshold options integrated into Cadimage Doors, it can be difficult to figure out where the settings are when you need them. Thanks to Hana’s digging and sharing process and screen shots, we now have a step by step process of where to look for ALL the settings needed for an integrated door threshold in the current version of C/I Door & Window Tools.

First, to turn the threshold in in 3d:

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  • Go to Setout > Join Adjacent > Threshold
  • Turn the threshold on and give the desired dimensions

Second, to turn on the threshold in 2d:

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  • Go to Display Options > Plan View > Items to Show in Plan View
  • Check the Threshold box

Third, to adjust the threshold plan symbol line weight:

Int Dr Threshold - Plan Lineweight

  • Go to Frame and Glass > Timber Sill > Appearance
  • Adjust the “Outline” pen to a thin line

Fourth, to adjust the threshold masking pen:

Int Dr Threshold - Plan Masking Fill

  • Under Cadimage Door – Settings, select the drop down at the top and go to All Parameters…
  • Scroll to Wall hole and change the Wall Hole Background Pen to #91 or #51

 

Cadimage Update (Window Fix)

Since our recent C/I update, some of us have been experiencing a strange plan view window sash issue that causes the sash to offset from the width of the window frame:

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I just received a suggestion from Cadimage that solves this. Select all windows in the 3d view; I used a find & select to get only cadimage openings. Then go to the following settings: Custom Settings > Setout > Dimensions > Size Measurement > Dimension to Panel Edges.Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 4.01.55 PM

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The result is a correct and cleaned up window. I have not tested this against multiple panel units, but it works for a single unit without any resizing, or 3d errors and can be changed for all Cadimage windows at once.

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Double Hung Window Sash Direction

If a Cadimage double hung window has an incorrect sash overlay, such as the bottom sash is to the outside of the top sash, here is here is the solution.

First, this is what we normally do not want to see on the exterior elevations:

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Open the window selection settings, go to the Cadimage section for All Parameters… Go to the subsection for Sash Number per Row and scroll all the way to Sash Opening Direction Custom. Check this box and set Sash Opening Direction to 0. Next uncheck Sash Opening Direction Custom and click OK.

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The result is a properly oriented double hung window:

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Please note that this has not been tested with Cadimage 17 windows.