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    Can't dimension to centerline of door

    I'm stumped why on earth when I try and dimension to the centreline of the parent door family, it's offset in the project but in the family it appears to be fine.

    I can grab the frame centreline, but that won't let me "Equal" the dimension string and centre the door between two walls.
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    The nested door panel family that is being controlled by the "Panel_1_Type" Family Type Parameter is not aligned and locked to a horizontal and a vertical Reference Plane. I did so in plan and it now dimensions as expected.
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    The Center (Left/Right) RP is there, just have to move the cursor toward the inside edge of the door in the middle so the RP Jason mentions doesn't compete with selecting it.
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    Thank you for having a look.

    @Jason is that reference plane coming from the parent family or is it from the frame? I aligned and locked the panel, but that's not making a difference.
    @Steve Yes, that's the RP from the frame, unfortunately I can't use that to centre the door between two walls, I get an error (sorry, the title of the post was a bit misleading)

    Huh. I imported a CAD file to determine the origin, and the family is built off-centre. But I don't get the same dimensions as I posted. It's a mystery RP in there somewhere.

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    Okay - Edit the family - Change the panel width via the dimension string to 1000. A warning appears > click Remove Constraints. Load the family back into the project and it should allow for EQ constraints and you'll find the dimension recognizes the correct Center (Left/Right) RP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_Stafford View Post
    Okay - Edit the family - Change the panel width via the dimension string to 1000. A warning appears > click Remove Constraints. Load the family back into the project and it should allow for EQ constraints and you'll find the dimension recognizes the correct Center (Left/Right) RP.
    I don't get any warning when I change the width using the dimension string. Everything flexes as expected.

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    I was using 2018 which seems more fussy about constraint issues.

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    Use Select by ID - enter ID 3962748 and Delete it. Reload it into the project and it should work. Just did for me in 2017.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_Stafford View Post
    Use Select by ID - enter ID 3962748 and Delete it. Reload it into the project and it should work. Just did for me in 2017.
    Oh man... "the following Element IDs are invalid and won't be used". Somewhere between the one I posted and all the mucking around it's not there.

    Playing with the door in the project, I selected the Center (left/right) reference plane then unlocked it. It moved the doors in the project, but it's now dimensioning correctly.

    Hopefully that solves the issue.

    Thank you for the trouble shooting.

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    Cool, yeah I think the constraint was associated with the Center (Left/Right) reference plane and it was prevent it from shifting properly. Once the locked is removed it reconciled where it was supposed to be. That family is a bit of a mess structurally...along the lines of Bones, Muscle and Skin.

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