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#1 Mike Adams

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Posted 15 July 2020 - 01:45 PM

Its the little things..

I tried all the material types except one in Beam Definitions to create a 4 ply LVL beam that showed the plys  1.75'' wide instead of 1.5''.   The one I didn't try was Plate.  It now shows up clean in the cross sections as being 4 plys, 1.75'' x 11.875'' , tight together the way they are supposed to be.  Can't take the credit, it was Technical Support who helped.  There may be other ways, but this is a winner for me.

 

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#2 Kevin Rabenaldt

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Posted 15 July 2020 - 06:12 PM

Really?  I have setup multiple LVL beams in creating new beams.  I specify the width and it gives the correct individual width.  I have setup single, double, triple, and quad.  Maybe I don't understand the issue you were having.



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Posted 15 July 2020 - 08:02 PM

I use "built-up beams" and I don't have any issues. What was the problem?


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#4 Mike Adams

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 04:20 AM

I said its a small thing.

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#5 James Ronson

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 07:56 AM

I think (not very often) Mike is saying if you set the beam material to 1.75" thick, SoftPlan creates it in a section view at 1.5". I recall this happening in the past. 

Good to know about using a plate to correct this.

 

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#6 Mark Petri

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 11:48 AM

I use solid wood beam for each ply.


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#7 Dennis Asher

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 12:16 PM

I have tried to make built up beams in the past with stucco on them as they would be done in the field.  I have never been able to get them to fillet properly so they looked good in 3d.



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Posted 16 July 2020 - 01:34 PM

Dennis, I’m not at my computer right now but isn’t there a check box to wrap beam with drywall?

Would that work for you if you then changed the material to stucco?

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 02:02 PM

Dennis, I’m not at my computer right now but isn’t there a check box to wrap beam with drywall?

Would that work for you if you then changed the material to stucco?

I will sure give it a try.  Currently I have bee using a 12" tall stucco wall offset to truss bearing height.  It works for me since I'm not doing material takeoffs but the beam would sure be easier to work with...lol!



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Posted 17 July 2020 - 08:44 AM

Or, make wall definitions that are just beams and stucco wrap. Then, you will need to use the offset entry to get the bottom of the beam where you want it, but all materials will butt or miter as intended. Only issue might be when intersecting a full height wall you may have to play with wall joins and such to get the siding to fill in correctly under the beam.


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#11 Keith Almond

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Posted 17 July 2020 - 11:05 AM

Wrapping beams doesn't work properly on corners, as it doesn't wrap the ends, and they don't show correctly in the model. Having options for the beam finish like the siding (A to E) would definitely make things easier.


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