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Working with railings

From: Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

Video: Working with railings

When you create stairs, Revit also creates a railing automatically. Railings that are created automatically with the stairs are considered hosted railings, and the ones you create for guardrails would be basically freestanding. So, in this example, let's go ahead and take a look at creating our own railings from manual sketches. I'm in a file called Railings. It's a version of our office building project that we've been looking at. I have a stair over here with its associated railings. What I would like to do in this first example is I want to take this existing railing, and I want to edit its sketch.

Working with railings

When you create stairs, Revit also creates a railing automatically. Railings that are created automatically with the stairs are considered hosted railings, and the ones you create for guardrails would be basically freestanding. So, in this example, let's go ahead and take a look at creating our own railings from manual sketches. I'm in a file called Railings. It's a version of our office building project that we've been looking at. I have a stair over here with its associated railings. What I would like to do in this first example is I want to take this existing railing, and I want to edit its sketch.

I want to do that so that I can add a little railing extension on the end to accommodate code requirements. So, I'm going to go ahead and click on the Edit Path, and that will take me into the sketch for this railing. Then I'm going to go to the toolbox here and click the Draw tool. We'll pick Line. I'm going to start right at this end point, go out this way 1 foot, go from this end point, maybe down about 5 inches, and then again, from this end point, I'll go about 1 foot 6 inch.

Now, perhaps you're wondering why I did not just simply extend this line. Well, look carefully at these existing lines. This is a sketch line. That's a separate sketch line. That's a separate sketch line. The reason these two are separate sketch lines is because this railing is a hosted railing. It's attached to the underlying stair. This sketch line follows the slope of the stair in this location. This sketch line stays flat, as does this one and this one, to stay with that landing, and then this guy is sloping as well.

So, what I want to do is actually make sure that my little extensions here stay flat and don't try and follow any kind of the slope. We can do that; we can override the default behavior just to make sure by selecting on them. Over here on the Options bar, I can just force it to flat. Now, you may or may not need to do this. Revit might recognize that there's no host there, and simply go flat. But it doesn't hurt to just go ahead and force them to flat just to be sure. So, let's go ahead and finish, and you can see there in plan that it has added this extension on my railing.

But it might be a little nicer to take a look at this in 3D. So, let's go ahead open up the 3D view. Then I'll just zoom in on this area right here, and you can see what that's done. Now, this particular railing has a guardrail integral with it, the handrail and a guardrail. So, you can see that both items are turning the corner as we wrap around. So, that's a pretty simple example. Let's look at creating a totally new railing from a sketch. So, along this floor here, we don't have any kind of a guardrail at all, and that's sort of a hazard.

So, let's go ahead and take care of that problem. We'll go up here to Level 2, and we'll zoom out a little bit. You can see here, this is our floor object, and I'm going to build this railing relative to that existing floor. So, I'm going to go over here to the Railing tool, click on it, and instead of doing Draw Lines this time, I'm actually going to do the Pick Lines. Now, what this will allow me to do is I can put in an offset. So, I'm going to go ahead and put in 2 inches, and you'll see here that you can offset that up 2 inches or down 2 inches.

I'm going to go up, and then over this case, I'm going to go over to the left. Now, it looks pretty good right there, but I just want to pan down here, and notice that it's kind of going into the wall. So, let's just zoom in on that area, select this, just kind of drag that back, just a touch, like so. Then I'll do my Zoom Previous. Take a look here. Click Finish. Then let's go back to our 3D view, and see what we got there.

Now, because that railing, we did not assign it to any kind of a host, it automatically just stayed flat throughout its length. Now, if I click on it and I edit the path, if this floor were sloping, like maybe it was in a parking garage, and you wanted the railing to follow the sloping path in the parking garage, you could actually click this button here while you're in the railing sketch, and choose Pick New Host, and then you'd be able to select right on that floor. That would keep the railing attached to that floor, should the height of the floor change, or the slope of the floor change, and so on.

I'm going to cancel out of here. That's a little bit of editing railing sketches.

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Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the exercise files
      32s
  2. 13m 45s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      5m 51s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      4m 54s
  3. 47m 31s
    1. Using the Recent Files screen and the Application menu
      3m 21s
    2. Using the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      5m 3s
    3. Understanding context ribbons
      3m 0s
    4. Using the Project Browser and navigating views
      7m 37s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      10m 1s
    6. Selection and modification basics
      10m 27s
    7. Accessing Revit options
      8m 2s
  4. 42m 18s
    1. Creating a new project
      3m 26s
    2. Understanding the importance of template files
      5m 7s
    3. Understanding project settings
      6m 9s
    4. Opening and saving projects
      9m 9s
    5. Adding levels
      5m 0s
    6. Adding grids
      8m 41s
    7. Adding columns
      4m 46s
  5. 58m 21s
    1. Adding walls
      8m 39s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 39s
    3. Understanding wall properties and wall types
      7m 24s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 34s
    5. Using the modify tools
      7m 33s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      6m 37s
    7. Using constraints
      4m 47s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      4m 8s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      5m 0s
  6. 50m 52s
    1. Working with DWG files
      7m 51s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 45s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      6m 8s
    4. Using import tips
      4m 6s
    5. Creating a group
      9m 20s
    6. Working with Revit links
      9m 3s
    7. Managing links
      5m 51s
    8. Understanding file formats
      48s
  7. 1h 2m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 37s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      7m 13s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      6m 0s
    4. Roof modifications and examples
      6m 27s
    5. Working with slope arrows
      6m 17s
    6. Adding openings
      8m 13s
    7. Working with stairs
      7m 41s
    8. Working with railings
      4m 29s
    9. Working with ceilings
      7m 36s
  8. 35m 52s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      6m 10s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      7m 31s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      6m 50s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      6m 44s
    5. Creating wall sweeps
      8m 37s
  9. 32m 43s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 45s
    2. Working with visibility/graphic overrides
      6m 52s
    3. Using Hide/Isolate
      7m 11s
    4. Understanding view range
      7m 40s
    5. Using the Linework tool
      4m 2s
    6. Using cutaway views
      2m 13s
  10. 21m 44s
    1. Adding rooms
      7m 4s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      8m 16s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      6m 24s
  11. 27m 2s
    1. Understanding tags
      7m 42s
    2. Adding schedules
      6m 50s
    3. Modifying schedules
      6m 8s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      6m 22s
  12. 48m 38s
    1. Adding text
      7m 21s
    2. Adding dimensions
      7m 26s
    3. Adding symbols
      3m 54s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 42s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      6m 25s
    6. Using detail components
      9m 36s
    7. Adding filled and masking regions
      9m 14s
  13. 34m 39s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      10m 46s
    3. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    4. Adding void geometry
      4m 49s
    5. Completing the family
      7m 47s
  14. 32m 6s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 58s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      4m 16s
    3. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 5s
    4. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 50s
    5. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 57s
  15. 25s
    1. Goodbye
      25s

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