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Sometimes it's difficult to decide where to begin drawing interior walls. In some cases, working in a model, there might not even be any dimensions provided as yet. So, the best practice is to look at the floor plan. And examine some of the known conditions. Let's take a look at floor plans. Let's go to Project Browser and go to the first floor. And click on that and kind of zoom up into the upper top corner. And you'll notice that some of the known conditions that we have here.
Is we have columns, we have exterior walls which obviously have to hold up the building. And we have grid lines, and, some of these things have, already given us some clue as far as we can work off of these things. We even have windows with mullions, which again is kind of helpful. However, if you don't have any dimensions in the model. You can still measure things with revits measuring tool. You can measure the distances between columns and walls to get an idea where you want to start placing things.
So let's take a look at how to use that particular tool. Up on the quick access tool bar, you'll see here a little icon that tells you that you can measure between two references and another one called measure along element. I want you to pick the first one. Cause what we are going to do, we don't know what the distance is between collumn three and column four. So, I'm going to kind a zoom in here and I'm going to pick basically this column, the center. Then I'm going to pull over and pick the center there.
And when I click, you'll notice that the dimension kind of temporarily fades out but it's 29 feet, 7 and a half inches. And that kind of gives you a temporary dimension as far as how things actually work. I'll hit the escape key. And go up because not only do you get a distant measure, but in some cases you can even get an angle. Just to show you how to do that, we're still in the tools. I'm going to come down here and pick this column, and I'm going to pull over to this column and if you notice, it gives me a distance, but it also gives me an angle.
So even if you have angles that are within your drawing You can take a look and at least estimate out what you have to do there. I'm going to hit the escape key and get out. Now, with this measuring tool, there's a couple of other things that we can do. I'm going to click on it again. And in this case I want you to pay attention to the options bar. And we're going to put chain on. With Chain, I can do a continuous running dimension. I'm going to kind of pull over, here, and zoom in a little bit.
And I'm going to measure basically from this column to this column. You notice, 10. And notice up here, as I'm doing this, I'm getting a running total. That's coming through. I'm going to click on here. And then I'm going to click over here as well. Now, each time that I've done this, if you look at the temporary dimensions that are showing up, it will indicate to you, you know, what those distances are. When I'm completed with my measuring, I just come over here to modify.
And click and we're done. So you can actually measure distances by two points, or you can measure a number of points to figure out longer distances. Now let's look at how to start drawing walls. The most obvious thing for interior walls sometimes is to use what you have available. We have currently some grid lines here. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to come over to the wall. And pick architectural. It should already be on basic wall interior 4.5 inch partition.
We're going to pick that up, but we're going to make sure that we have some other settings currently in here. We want to make sure that our ceiling that we have is going to, go to Top Constraint and we're going to set it to Ceiling First Floor. And the top off set, we're going to change that. And I want you to put in 0 space six inches. So it's only going to go above the ceiling grid line by six inches. You can hit Apply. The other thing is we want to set our location line to be wall center.
And I want you to come over to picking this point right here on the column and pulling down and it will draw right on the grid. And hit modify. So that's one way that you can use existing geometry, in this case grid to do that. Now let's take a look at using a window mullion. Now zoom in again, pick Wall and you might note that since we drew the last wall, it remembers what we did, so we're going to continue on.
And I'm going to come over here and zoom in and see if I can pick up this mid point on the bullian which is a little bit tedious. I'm going to show you another method here in a second. And we'll come in here and just click that and hit the escape key and then just come over here and put another one in and don't be too precise about it. Now, you'll notice that if we wanted to line this up with emaleans, we can do that. And I can do that by coming up into the modify place wall ribbon and picking a line.
Now when I pick a line, what will happen is that I can basically pick the mid point of the volume there, you see that little blue line? I'm going to click on that. And then I'm gonan click on the center line of the wall and it will come in and automatically clean it up. So now those are in alignment. This is faster to do, in a lot of cases, than trying to eyeball it. So, just to kind of sum up a little bit here, you can first of all use the distance tools up here to look at various existing geometry within your project.
Use that, basically, to begin drawing your walls. When you draw, make sure that you set up the wall correctly, and then when you're using mullions and things for alignments, you can come in and you don't have to be too precise, draw the wall and use the Alignment tool.
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