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    Columns arrayed act wonky

    I'm building a family for plywood shelving with vertical wood supports, and using a rectangular column family for those vertical supports. The base parameter is zero, and the top parameter is a hard dimension that doesn't change, above the base level. Works fine initially, and continues to work when the family is arrayed. But when I pick the array number and set that to an integer parameter, the tops of SOME of the columns revert to their previous default setting (9 feet tall), while other columns in the array do not. It makes no sense. So if I have 4 instances of the arrayed column, the first, second and last columns all revert, while the 3rd column in the array keeps my set height of 5'-6". If I edit the array group, it reports that the column is still 5'-6" above the base level, despite the actual geometry being 9'-0" tall.

    What could be causing this?
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    Please see my reply to this other similar thread: https://www.revitforum.org/structure...ce-family.html
    Nested structural columns in families, and in arrays, give unexpected results. And if they might work in the family, they won't work in the project. Either model this in the project, or use extrusions modeled in the family, instead of nested structural column families.

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    I changed the arrayed family to an extrusion and it works now. I don't have a copy of the old version with columns for the supports, but I want to say it was just the standard "rectangular column" architectural column family, not a structural column. Not sure if that makes any difference or not.

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