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* May 02, 2017, 08:41:36 AM
I'm building a floor plan, I draw the space I know and put my exterior wall up they need to be 6" as I go along with the plan and start adding my 4" interior walls, the walls will at some point change to either all 6" or all 4", Note I am drawing all from scratch so I draw part of an exterior wall and go back and add more later due to the fact that I'm unsure of my lay out.

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May 02, 2017, 09:56:04 AM
#1
Hi there,

One of the most important concepts in TFP is related with the exterior walls: the exterior walls in TFP must conform an enclosed perimeter, otherwise some features won't work (topography will be inside the house, automatic roof is not available, dimensions will not follow the rules for exterior walls, etc). For this reason, it is always important that you check if the exterior walls are really fused.

So my first suggestion is that you check if all the walls in the perimeter are 100% fused => in this way, you will be able to set the correct elements, including walls with different thickness.

Now, regarding the walls with different thickness => keep in mind these two concepts :
- if you have two walls and you join them using the arrows of your keyboard, you are just connecting the walls => this means that the walls are together but they are independent--> they don't share the properties or thickness and they work as 2 separated walls.
- if you have two walls and you join them using the mouse, you are merging the walls--> this means that the walls are fused --> they share the properties (and thickness) and they work as only one wall.

Hope this helps,


* August 02, 2018, 11:23:21 AM
#2
Patricia provided some very useful information here, information that I could not find in the Users Guide:

1.  Exterior walls must create an enclosed perimeter - should be on page 1, paragraph 1 of the User's Guide.
2.  Check if all the walls in the perimeter are 100% fused - the word "fused" is not in the User's Guide that I could find.
      a.  HOW do you know the walls are 100% fused?
      b.  This connecting walls with "arrow keys" or the "keyboard" (therefore just "connected" not "fused" or "merged") versus with the mouse (therefore "fused") - don't see this documented anywhere.  I assume that you have drawn a wall and you are moving it to connect it to another existing wall using either the mouse for "fusing" or the keyboard for just "connecting".

Do I understand this correctly?

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August 02, 2018, 12:12:43 PM
#3
Hi there,

You are correct => the word "fused" is not included in the user guide. As a matter of fact, I created this term many years ago to explain how the walls get connected. This concept as well as many other resources that don't appear in the user guide are the reason why I write my eBooks (see links in my signature).

I am attaching 2 images so you can see if your exterior walls are correctly fused.

The image "Walls perimeter 2. jpg" shows 3 situations => in the first room, the walls conform an enclosed space, so you can see the room's name and dimensions perfectly defined. In the second room, although the walls are fused, they are not straight so the dimensions are not correct. In the third room the walls are not fused, so you can see that the room's name and information are not available and the top and bottom dimensions are different

The image "Walls not fused.jpg" show the situation in 3D => if the walls are not fused, the topography will be inside the house.

Hope this helps  :)



* August 03, 2018, 11:25:32 AM
#4
Patricia -

Thanks.  More excellent information.  Very subtle stuff.

I was able to replicate the Walls not fused.jpg.

Thanks

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August 03, 2018, 12:12:13 PM
#5
You're welcome!  :)

Glad to know that the information helped.