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Adding railings to stairs

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Video: Adding railings to stairs

Railings usually are created automatically when you create stairs, so that's usually the most common way to work with them, but you can also create railings yourself. So I'm here in a file called Railings, and I'm going to zoom in on this area of the plan right here, and I have this Open to Below space, and the stair comes up to this little balcony here and walks around. So obviously we would need some sort of a guardrail over in this general location. It's pretty easy to do. It's just a simple sketch-based operation.

Adding railings to stairs

Railings usually are created automatically when you create stairs, so that's usually the most common way to work with them, but you can also create railings yourself. So I'm here in a file called Railings, and I'm going to zoom in on this area of the plan right here, and I have this Open to Below space, and the stair comes up to this little balcony here and walks around. So obviously we would need some sort of a guardrail over in this general location. It's pretty easy to do. It's just a simple sketch-based operation.

What we'll do is we'll go to the Architecture Tab, and we'll click on the Railing tool. Now all you have to do is click the default tool, but if you open up the dropdown, it's the Sketch Path that we're going to use here for our guardrail. And this takes me to Sketch mode and we can draw railings in really any shape we want. The one thing that's a little different about this sketch than some of the others that we've seen is you can either draw an open or a closed path here. In this case, we want an open path because we just need to do an L-shaped railing along this balcony.

But if you were doing an enclosed space, you can do the railing all the way around as well. Now we could draw with any of these other tools, but what I want to show you here is the Pick Lines option because this will make it a lot easier to create our sketch. So I'm going to choose Pick Lines, and I can pick right on the edges of this balcony, but I'm going to actually do it with a slight offset. So I'm going to offset that about 2 inches away, and I'll just click somewhere here in the plan view to make it the active view and then go ahead and zoom in a little closer.

Watch what happens when I highlight this edge. You see how I can either offset the railing this way or this way. So I'm going to offset it this way, and then do it again right here. Revit will automatically clean up that intersection. Let's go to the previous zoom level, and zoom in down here. I might need to fix this a little. You notice that the line went a little too long. So I click my Modify tool to cancel out of there, select this line, and then just simply drag this grip back.

I could snap it right to the wall if I want, or I can back it up off of there a little bit, and I can even use the temporary dimension to say how much I want that distance to be. That's really all there is to it for the sketch. Notice that the sketch can be an open shape like I said. The only other thing you want to pay attention to is what kind of railing are you creating. There are a few different types here in the file that are loaded already. So I'm going to use this Guardrail Pipe right there. I'll click the Finish button.

If we zoom in a little, we'll see the railing right there. There is a variety of ways we can look at this. We could cut a section or do an interior elevation, but actually, I'm going to come up here to our 3D View button, and click the dropdown right next to it, and we can make a Camera View, this is just a perspective view. You click where you want to stand and then you drag towards where you want to look. So I kind of look right about there and click again, and Revit will create a camera that looks in at that railing that we just created.

So you can see it right there. Looks pretty good, sitting up here on top of the floor slab. So railings get created automatically when you draw a stair, and that's probably the most common way that you'll get a railing in your models. But you can always draw railings for things like guardrails, or other stand-alone railings by just simply sketching out their path. So you just sketch the path in a plan view, it can be an open shape or a close shape, then you apply a railing style to it.

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Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 14m 43s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      4m 48s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      6m 55s
  3. 54m 44s
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      1m 19s
    2. Exploring the Recent Files window and the application menu
      5m 20s
    3. Using the ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      7m 12s
    4. Understanding context ribbons
      4m 43s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      8m 31s
    6. Using the Project Browser
      5m 34s
    7. Navigating views: Zooming, panning, and rotating
      5m 57s
    8. The basics of selecting and modifying
      9m 49s
    9. Accessing Revit options
      6m 19s
  4. 47m 6s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multi-user project with worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 33s
    4. Adding levels
      7m 40s
    5. Adding grids
      6m 23s
    6. Refining a layout with temporary dimensions
      6m 58s
    7. Adding columns
      7m 34s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Adding walls
      8m 48s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 24s
    3. Exploring wall properties and types
      7m 37s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 27s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Using wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 11m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 59s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 49s
    5. Creating a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 16s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      6m 0s
    11. Understanding file formats
      59s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    4. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    5. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    6. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    7. Adding openings
      8m 33s
    8. Working with stairs
      8m 4s
    9. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    10. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    11. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 20s
  8. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 18s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      8m 12s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      8m 17s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      10m 59s
    5. Creating wall sweeps and reveals
      6m 26s
    6. Exploring model lines
      4m 22s
  9. 47m 40s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      6m 13s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 7s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      5m 21s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
  10. 21m 28s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 0s
  11. 33m 13s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 55s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      8m 8s
  12. 58m 40s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 6s
    3. Adding symbols
      4m 42s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 51s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      8m 31s
    6. Adding detail components
      8m 52s
    7. Using arrays to duplicate objects parametrically
      7m 43s
    8. Adding filled and masking regions
      7m 26s
  13. 41m 29s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Creating a new family from a template
      6m 29s
    3. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      7m 52s
    4. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    5. Cutting holes using void geometry
      5m 9s
    6. Adding blends
      6m 2s
    7. Completing the family
      4m 40s
  14. 38m 48s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      5m 24s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 39s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  15. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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