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    Is there a way to quickly align two objects so that they become parallel to each other?
    Let's say that I have two walls 10' apart from each other. One wall is slightly non-parallel to the other. So I want to make the two walls parallel to each other while maintaining the distance between them.
    If you use the align tool, then the wall out of alignment will just move and overlap the other wall that was used to define the alignment. So it's sort of like align with offset.
    I don't want to recreate the wall, and I don't want to have multiple steps like creating an offset reference plane and then aligning the out of alignment wall to the the new reference plane. I might have a wall on opposite sides of a building that were not drawn aligned and I want to click a wall on the east side and make a wall on the west side parallel to it.
    Anybody know of a way to do this?

    #2
    if you just grab one endpoint of the wall and drag it, it will snap parallel to the other wall, and you will see a blue reference appear on the parallel wall to let you know what wall is being used as a reference.
    Scott D Davis
    Sr. AEC Technical Specialist
    Autodesk, Inc.
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      #3
      You can't fix a wall "B" that is slightly non-parallel to another wall "A" in the way that you are describing. But you can draw a new wall "B" using "pick lines" > "offset": value , and clicking on wall "A".

      Oops, I spoke too soon. Scott Davis is right!
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        #4
        Originally posted by Scott D Davis View Post
        if you just grab one endpoint of the wall and drag it, it will snap parallel to the other wall, and you will see a blue reference appear on the parallel wall to let you know what wall is being used as a reference.
        True, but what happens when the two you want to make parallel are 200' apart and have hundreds of wall between them? How does Revit know I want the wall to be parallel with a specific wall? What if I have 20 walls that are out of alignment and I'd like to do something like the multiple align command?
        Alfredo, what happens when I don't know how far apart the walls are supposed to be, I just know they need to be parallel? And then how do I deal with a wall that consultants are using so I don't want to delete and make a new wall ID?
        I know there are workarounds (like the multiple steps you both mention) but it would be really nice if the align tool could just do this.

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          #5
          Make reference lines that represent what you need, dimension them & align walls to them.


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            #6
            Originally posted by gwnelson View Post
            Make reference lines that represent what you need, dimension them & align walls to them.
            That's a lot of steps. Seems like we should just be able to grab the end dot, drag, and type in a dimension on the fly. That's the way Sketchup works, and the way the stretch command works in ACAD.

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              #7
              Originally posted by t1shep View Post
              That's a lot of steps. Seems like we should just be able to grab the end dot, drag, and type in a dimension on the fly. That's the way Sketchup works, and the way the stretch command works in ACAD.
              Well, different applications use different solutions. This is Revit, not Sketchup, nor AutoCAD. The available solutions have been described above.
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                #8
                Draw a reference plane using pick lines on the wall you want to be parallel to, then move the reference plane over to the new wall, and make sure it snaps to the "point of rotation," or the point you want to remain stationary. Then select the wall you want to re-orient, and drag the grip at the opposite end from the "point of rotation" until it snaps to the reference plane. The explanation seems long, but in practice, it's about 4 clicks, and maybe 10 seconds worth of work.

                Arcturis
                BIM Manager
                Associate Architect

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Alfredo Medina View Post
                  Well, different applications use different solutions. This is Revit, not Sketchup, nor AutoCAD. The available solutions have been described above.
                  Whoops, I thought GW's response was to another post I made today, but regardless, if there are better solutions to the same problems are we to only accept the less efficient way? I know this isn't the forum for wish list or direct response to Autodesk, but my hope is that by pointing out other applications solutions to similar issues, maybe someone will know the way to do it in Revit. I deal with a lot of new users who have used the other programs I mentioned and in their attempt to learn the program, somethings that are relatively easy to do in another program in one or two steps, but takes Revit more than twice as many makes them frustrated. I was fully aware of everyone's solutions, so I was hoping I was wrong and there is a more efficient way of doing it (short of drawing it right the first time)

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by t1shep View Post
                    That's a lot of steps. Seems like we should just be able to grab the end dot, drag, and type in a dimension on the fly. That's the way Sketchup works, and the way the stretch command works in ACAD.
                    How does typing in a dimension in AutoCAD's Stretch command make something parallel?
                    Dave Plumb
                    BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

                    CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.

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