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#1 Brian Berzinskis

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 01:33 PM

I just started using the deck command for my outdoor space. I was previously just using lines to draw them. Is there any way to get the decking material at a 45 degree angle and with a picture frame around the perimeter?


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#2 Brian Berzinskis

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 01:34 PM

Also with the picture frame is it possible for SoftPlan to automatically put the bridging into the deck framing?

#3 Keith Almond

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 02:15 PM



Decking at 45 - EDGE EDIT - Change DECK SURFACE > DECK ANGLE to 45°


FRAME with DRAW > DECK > PARTING BOARD - it should fit properly, but may not depending where you draw it. If not, just edit the height to suit.


I don't believe that you can add bridging automatically - I usually draw DECK > SINGLE JOIST between 2 joists copy it, stagger it to suit and copy the pair across the deck.


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#4 randolph cohn

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 06:27 PM

you can also choose / deck / parting board / "deck edge".


tip: if the deck surface and the parting board are the same thickness,

they'll sometimes bleed together


edit the parting board to be slightly thicker.

you can "offset" the one parting board  and offset it the distance of the

width of the parting board plus the gap distance to get 2 parting brds.


i haven't played with parting boards much so no expert in this field.

for 3d work, i'm thinking you might just widen the parting board to the width

of 2-parting boards and put a texture on it that looks like 2-parting boards.

i did offset the first parting brd i placed to create a 2nd one and that

worked ok.  i think with a little love, it'll look pretty good.


and as mentioned,  to angle the deck surface, 

edit an edge and  make that the reference edge and than

type in the "angle" that you want.


tip.  draw in each of the angled decking separately so you can give

each a different angle than the other.


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will do a pool tutorial next to show how to do a pool with solid 3d polygon

and also how to use reflections > note the ferrari reflection in the pool


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