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Mon, Jan 30, 2006 at 4:35:24 PM | How detailed do you make your families

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I am in the process of creating a new door family. It is going to be a Hollow metal door with Hollow metal frame and I am trying to determine how detailed to make the family. I was thinking of making the wall opening 1" larger than the actual door size, a rough opening if you will. Then modeling the profile of a HM frame that would sweep around 3 sides (head and jambs) of the opeinging. So in theory I could cut a section at the door head and jamb. Is that going to far? Will that add to much detail to the overall model and slow down my files.

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Mon, Jan 30, 2006 at 5:01:11 PM | RE: How detailed do you make your families

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I have made some very detailed window families for a couple of our historic projects, basically digital recreations of the windows that we might lose during the restoration process but that we want to exactly recreate if we need too. Sweeps of the exact molding around the windows, extrusions of the mullions in the window, etc. It did not significantly slow down the speed of the project. I think the question of how detailed to be is determined by how you want to use the family. A few extra sweeps in a family are not going to hamper your speed too much, if you need them for your CD's. I guess it's a matter of where do you want to spend your time. Either you can spend it building the door family exactly as it will be built or you can spend it later in a drafting view making the detail for your CD's. -Ruth

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Mon, Jan 30, 2006 at 6:03:34 PM | RE: How detailed do you make your families

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A basic rule of thumb by Dave Conent (Revit employee #3) is that if you can't see it with the human eye from 4 feet away don't even consider modeling to that level of detail. For windows you could embed a section detail into your window family that is nothing more than drafting lines or ACAD linework from the manufacture. Assuming you are on subscription, log into the subscription center, go the the AU2005 site, and there view the Scott Davis class on Detailing in Revit where he covers this topic. Tom

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A basic rule of thumb by Dave Conent (Revit employee #3) is that if you can't see it with the human eye from 4 feet away don't even consider modeling to that level of detail.

For windows you could embed a section detail into your window family that is nothing more than drafting lines or ACAD linework from the manufacture.

Assuming you are on subscription, log into the subscription center, go the the AU2005 site, and there view the Scott Davis class on Detailing in Revit where he covers this topic.

Tom

I will check that site out.

Another question. Very often when you have an HM door and frame in a CMU wall, the frame is 4" thick at the head and 2" thick at the jambs. What is the best way to model this?

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