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Modifying Walls
Now that you've created a few wall configurations, it's important to understand how you can modify them. Sometimes this is done simply by selecting the wall and dragging a wall end or a shape handle to a new position. In other cases, you want to be more exact and assign a specific value. Your approach depends on where you are in the design process. Just remember that you can update design decisions and all your views, schedules, tagging, and so forth will update. So don't get too concerned with being too “exact” early in your design. Start by sketching another straight segment of a wall, but this time as you draw the wall, type 40 (or 12 meters). Depending on the default units, typing 40 will create a 40′ segment. Notice that you didn't have to indicate the units “feet.” If you wanted to indicate “inches,” you'd only have to put a space between the first and second values. So 40′-6″ can easily be entered as “40(space)6”. To modify the length, select the wall. You'll notice there are three options (Figure 3.18). You can type in a new value by selecting the temporary dimension, or you can simply drag either wall end to a new location. FIGURE 3.18 Modifying the wall length

Now let's go to the Default 3D View and look at some other options. The highlighted areas of Figure 3.19 are called shape handles. You can press and drag them to adjust the top and bottom locations of a wall. As you drag the shape handle, the new location will be shown, whereas the existing location will be “ghosted” until you release the Shape Handle. FIGURE 3.19 Wall shape handles


Location Line The location line is the “origin” of the You can do this through the Instance Parameters menu (Figure 3. the location line will be Select the wall and look at the properties. 07/05/2012 . Base Is Attached The Base Is Attached value will allow you to automatically attach the bottom of a wall to the top of another wall.safaribooksonline.Page 2 of 8 Instance Parameters In many cases you'll want to enter more exact values. floor or roof.ezproxy.. So if you wanted a wall associated to Level 1 but 3′-0″ (1 meter) below.20). Be careful! Deleting a constraint (in this case Level 1) also deletes what is associated to the constraint! Base Offset The base offset is the value above or below the base constraint. or just have more specific control over a particular wall instance. Base Constraint The base constraint is the bottom of the wall. and if you swap one wall for another. FIGURE 3.torontopubliclibrary.20 Instance Parameters http://proquest. the value would be −3′−0″..

Top Is Attached Top Is Attached allows you to automatically attach the top of the wall to the underside of a wall. not curved walls. Note that you'll only be able to edit the profile of a straight wall. You can type in a specific value. Walls often are meant to contain space and remain space aware. This way. Top Constraint The top constraint is presently shown as Unconnected.Page 3 of 8 Unconnected Height The Unconnected Height value is the height of the wall. setting the Top Constraint to Level 2.ezproxy.21 Editing the profile for walls http://proquest.. Editing and Resetting Profiles Of course not all walls are rectilinear in elevation. but in this case the value is pretty irregular because we've manually dragged the shape handle to the new position.torontopubliclibrary.. This is what happened when you placed the Room tag in a previous exercise. It can also be associated to Level 2. or roof. floor. the wall will move vertically up or down if the level moves. 07/05/2012 . Start by selecting the 40′ wall and selecting Edit Profile from the Modify | Walls tab (Figure 3. for But if you have a situation where you don't want walls to define a space. 1. you can deselect this option and the Room tag will ignore the walls. For example.21). Room Bounding The last value you should be aware of is the Room Bounding option.safaribooksonline. FIGURE 3. the Unconnected Height will immediately reset to that value. For these situations you can edit the profile of a wall.

Don't forget to trim and delete unnecessary sketch lines. Let's do this with a copy of the wall from the edit elevation example.. Modify the exterior sketch as shown in Figure 3.23 Edited wall profile http://proquest. Don't worry about dimensioning the sketch.22 Adding new sketch lines 3.22. But walls can also be attached to the top or bottom of other We're just showing the dimensions for reference.. click Finish Sketch Mode.23.safaribooksonline. Note that the reference lines indicating the extents of the original wall will remain. FIGURE 3. FIGURE When you are done. 07/05/2012 . and then click Edit Profile. Attaching and Detaching Top and Base We've previously attached the top of a wall to a roof. 1.Page 4 of 8 2. From a South Elevation view. Now delete the top line and fillet the two side sketch lines (Figure 3. create the internal sketch as shown in Figure 3. select it. Then finish the sketch.ezproxy. Copy the wall off to the side.torontopubliclibrary.

safaribooksonline. But in this case.Page 5 of 8 2.24 Attach Top/Base http://proquest. The walls will overlap and that's okay. use a Generic 12″ wall. Now return to your Level 1 Plan View and sketch another wall right on top of the same location of the wall you just Performing these steps is a lot faster than having to edit the elevation profile of both walls! FIGURE 3.ezproxy. Select the lower 12″ wall and then click Attach Top/Base (Figure 3. The great thing about this technique is that relationships between the two walls are maintained if you edit the elevation profile of the upper wall..24). as shown on the right side of the figure. 07/05/2012 .. 3.torontopubliclibrary. Now select the wall with the profile that we just This will attach the top of the 12″ wall to the underside of the other wall.

ezproxy. Here are the steps to create a rectilinear opening in a curved wall: 1. 07/05/2012 . Start by creating a curved wall segment and then go to your Default 3D View and select the wall. 2. Select this command and then hover over the wall. as shown in Figure 3. Having to delete and re-create walls would be tedious. To delete an opening. Cutting Openings Openings can be cut in both straight and curved walls.safaribooksonline. Select the wall and click Reset Profile in the Mode panel on the Modify | Walls tab. you'll be prompted to create a rectilinear select it. you're not able to sketch beyond the extents of the wall boundary or create shapes that are not rectilinear. And when you cut an opening. http://proquest. But the command tends to get used in curved walls because you already have the option to edit the elevation profile in straight walls.25 on the right. don't reenter Edit Profile mode and manually remove the sketches. The Wall Opening option will then appear on the Modify | Walls tab.. as shown on Figure 3. Doing so will reset the extents and remove any interior sketches.25 on the and then press the Delete key.25 Creating wall openings Splitting Walls Sometimes after you've created walls you realize that you don't need an inner segment—or you need to change a segment to another wall type. FIGURE 3. hover over the opening.Page 6 of 8 Resetting Profiles One last thing about editing wall profiles: If you need to remove the edited condition.

You can do the same thing when changing walls from one type to another.27 Using the Split Element command Swapping Walls Swapping walls keeps you from having to delete them and start over. 2. http://proquest.. 1. Hover over the location of the wall that you intend to You'll be prompted with a reference line that helps indicate to you which wall you're splitting.ezproxy. Once you select the new wall type..Page 7 of 8 Revit allows you to split walls.torontopubliclibrary. Let's experiment with this technique by creating a plan configuration of walls. 2. Split the wall twice at each intersection. 1.” Select the lower wall and then associate it to a new type. We'll use the wall from the section. Select the Split Element command from the Modify tab. 07/05/2012 . Change the lower wall to Generic – 12″ effectively breaking them up into smaller pieces. “Attaching and Detaching Top and Base. FIGURE 3. But rather than delete the wall and create three new walls.26.26 Configuration of walls In this case the section of wall between the two parallel walls is not needed. Delete the inner segment. Your wall will now resemble Figure 3. 3. Note that the patterns of the individual CMU courses are shown on the new wall's surface. Doing so is as easy as selecting a wall and then selecting the new type from the Properties palette.28. as shown in Figure 3. let's split the wall twice and delete the inner wall. the result will resemble the wall in Figure 3. This can be done along both horizontally and vertical edges of either curved or straight walls. FIGURE 3. The dimensions are shown for reference.safaribooksonline.

28 Selecting a new wall type http://proquest.ezproxy. 07/05/2012 8 of 8 FIGURE

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