Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Wall layer wrapping, part of Revit: Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting.
- [Instructor] When you're working with layered wall assembly, sometimes you want to customize the way that the layers terminate. By default, they'll simply terminate as if you just sliced the wall, and they're just cutting off right there. But sometimes you'll want those layers to actually turn the corner and wrap into toward the center. We can do that by editing the properties of the wall assembly. However, when inserts are involved, door or window families, the way that the layers wrap, you often would want to interact with those nested components.
So, if that's the case, then the solution gets a little bit more complicated, because it will involve both editing the wall assembly and editing the insert family. So, in this video, we're going to take a look at both features. So, I've got this really simple file here that's using out-of-the-box content. This is a basic exterior wall that has brick on metal stud, that's included in the default architectural template with the Imperial installation. This door is also included in the Imperial installation, but you do have to load it in, it's not part of the Imperial template.
So if you went to Door, Load Family, Doors folder, and then Commercial, all of the doors in this folder will behave similarly to the one that I have on screen. The one that I have on screen is this one right here, Door-Exterior-Single-Two_Lite. So you're welcome to load that into your own projects to experiment. Now, what's special about that door is that it shows door frames. So, if I select this door, and I change it back to the default door that's included in the template, there are no door frames displayed.
So, in this case, it really wouldn't have any impact on the behavior of any wrapping that we decide to turn on. So let me switch it back to the door that has the frames turned on. Now, this particular door is also designed to adjust based on whether it's being used in a masonry well or whether it's being used in an interior partition. So, if you look over here at the properties, there's a masonry frame checkbox, and when it's checked, you get this distinct masonry frame, like we see here. When it's unchecked, the frame becomes a wraparound frame with a throat that would engage the drywall on both sides, more appropriate for an interior partition.
So, since this is an exterior condition that I have here, I'm going to check the Masonry Frame box, and I get the more distinct frame. That also gives me access to the Masonry Inset parameter, where I could actually put in different numbers here, and that would shift the door within the thickness of the wall. So you can decide where you want the door relative to the wall geometry. And I'll keep it at the default of one inch, for the time being. Adjusting the size of the frame is something you would do in the Edit Type Properties, and if you look through here, you'll see that there's a Masonry Frame Depth parameter that you could adjust here to adjust the size of the frame.
Okay, so, let's start with the wrapping behavior. So I'm going to zoom in nice and close here on one of the jams, and select the wall. So, wrapping starts with the wall properties. And if I go to Edit Type, you can see that there's Wrapping at Inserts, and also, Wrapping at Ends. Now, we're not really concerned with Wrapping at Ends for this example, because this particular wall assembly would rarely, if ever, have a freestanding end. So, really, it's inserts that we're concerned about, in other words, door and window openings.
And the choices are, Do not wrap, Exterior, Interior, or Both. Now, what they're talking about is the interior or exterior layers. Do you want those to wrap? Now, if you're not sure which layers are which, you can click Edit Structure here, and then, all of the exterior layers are up here at the top, okay, so it's the brick, the air, the membrane, and the plywood. All of the interior layers are down here at the bottom, the membrane layer and the drywall. Now, the membrane layers are really negligible, because they're zero thickness, so they don't really affect the wrapping.
So, in the case of the interior wrapping, we're really just talking about the drywall, and on exterior, we'd be talking about the brick, the air gap, and the plywood. Here's the same setting that we saw in the previous dialog, so I can enable it here, or I can click OK and enable it back one dialog, doesn't really matter. So, in this case, I'm going to choose Interior, because what I'd really like to do is take this drywall, and instead of stopping right here and being able to see the exposed end of the studs there, I want to turn the corner and wrap that around the stud layer.
So, all you have to do is turn on the interior wrapping, click OK, and then OK again, and it will now look something like that. Which is not quite right, I mean, it's maybe better, but maybe not. Honestly, I think it's more distracting that way, with this little notch right here, than it was like this, okay. So, personally, if it's like this, I don't think it's as bothersome than if it kind of cuts into there. So, let's say that I wanted it to wrap, but I didn't want it to cut into that material like that.
How would I control that? Well, that's actually controlled in the door itself, okay. So, that's the interesting thing, is that you do that within the door itself. Okay, so, that means we have to actually select the door and edit that family. So I can do that right here. That takes me into the Family Editor. I'll go to the floor plan, Ref Level, and let's zoom in nice and close on that jam. Now, here's that masonry frame depth parameter.
And you can see that it's dimensioning from some point inside the wall here to a little floating reference plane right here. So, I'm pretty sure that this reference plane is the one that I'm interested in, but I want to be certain. So what you can do is actually flex this parameter right here just to make sure. So let's go to the Family Types dialog, locate this parameter, Masonry Frame Depth, and I'll just change the value.
It's 5 3/4 right now. Let me make that five inches, and click Apply. Now, notice that the frame got a little smaller, and that reference plane moved. So that turns out to be what I want to change, right? That's the reference plane I want to move. So I'm going to cancel this, do Control + Z to undo, and what do we have to do? Well, there's a feature of reference planes that all you have to do is select them, and then, over on the properties, there's a feature here called Wall Closure. Now, I know it's a strange name, like, why doesn't it say Wall Wrapping or something like that? Well, I suppose because they're saying this is the point where the layers will close, if the wrapping is turned on.
Anyway, it's an odd name, but all we have to do is check it. And when you check that, now, instead of the layers wrapping to the center line of the wall, which is where they go if there are no closure lines, now, if they see a closure line in this family, they will wrap to that point instead. Now, you can actually do up to two closure lines, because you might want to wrap the interior layers and the exterior layers to different points. So, you could select a different reference plane, and choose Wall Closure for that one as well.
If you add a third or a fourth, you'll just confuse things, and it's not clear which one Revit would actually use. So, either do none, one, or two, and you should be in good shape. So, once I've turned on Wall Closure there, that's all I need to do. I'll load this family back into my project, and then, when prompted, I'll choose Overwrite Existing Version. Now, watch this drywall when I do that. And you see how it bumped up now to be flush with the frame.
Now, it's still distracting, it still doesn't quite look good, right? So the last step here now is to adjust where the frame occurs. So I'm going to do a dimension to figure out how much I want to move this, and I'll dimension from the face of the frame, tab in to the face of the sheathing, and that's currently 5/8 of an inch. So, all I have to do is select this, and go back to this Masonry Inset parameter that we talked about earlier, and change that to 1 5/8, and when I apply that, it shifts the door frame down.
It's now nice and flush with the sheathing, and you can see the drywall stops right there, and it looks a little bit more correct. So, this would give you a pretty good indication of what's actually taking place there. Now, you're still going to want to probably do a construction detail to really indicate exactly the way that it's going to look, but for those larger-scale drawings and plans, where you want them to look a little bit more correct and a little bit less distracting having the ends of the walls exposed, you can use this wrapping feature.
But just keep in mind that each inserted family has to have those closure lines set if you want to have any control whatsoever on where those wrapping layers stop.
NOTE: The exercise files for this course can only be opened in the most recent version of Revit (Revit 2017).
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: Why can't I earn a Certificate of Completion for this course?
A: We publish a new tutorial or tutorials for this course on a regular basis. We are unable to offer a Certificate of Completion because it is an ever-evolving course that is not designed to be completed. Check back often for new movies.