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    Editing Families

    I'm trying to edit some plumbing fixtures so that they are easier for our plumbing engineers to use, and don't have to go to so many different views to get piping connected to them. I have been looking around for a way to do this but i haven't been able to figure it out... All i'm trying to do is attach piping to the fixtures and save the family, so that when they load it into a project, its ready to go and all they have to do is start drawing the pipes in the floor plan, rather than going to a elevation view drawing the pipes then going back and forth. Any ways... just wondering if there is a way to draw piping within the family.

    OH YEAH! Thanks for your help ahead of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clint8879 View Post
    All i'm trying to do is attach piping to the fixtures and save the family, so that when they load it into a project, its ready to go and all they have to do is start drawing the pipes in the floor plan, rather than going to a elevation view drawing the pipes then going back and forth.
    The connector already has a one-click Draw Pipe shortcut so this is irrelevant. What I'm about to say may sound condescending but trust me it's not so please don't take it wrong, but it sounds like your plumbing engineer needs to work on his Revit craft a bit more. I'm very efficient with coming right off Plumbing Fixtures without problems, although sometimes I do need to use a working Section View to make things 100% right.

    Sometimes it's all about the setup. I usually work with one plan view and two section views open at the same time. 3 Views, that's it. Plan View, N/S Section and E/W Section. The Sections are usually crossing each other so I can grab them both in Plan View and maneuver them around the plan as needed, giving me an ideal setup for X/Y/Z orientations. And then there's the COINS Auto Section Box for the super convenient select+generate 3D view. Must have utility.

    And to answer your last question, there isn't a way to embed a System Family (eg: Pipe Family) in a Loadable Family (eg: Plumbing Fixture Family).

    Hope this helps!

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    Select plumbing fixture in floor plan.
    Right click on + symbol, Draw pipe. This creates a pipe at the same height as the fixture connector.
    Draw a short pipe, type in a new height in the properties bar and continue drawing in floor plan. Revit will make the vertical pipe and bends for you.

    Or

    Draw main distribution pipe at the correct height.
    Select plumbing fixture.
    Use 'Connect Into' and select main pipe. revit will automagically make the vertical pipe and horizintal connection to main. (Note this doesnt always choose the best route...)

    No need to work in sections or 3D if you do it the right way, but I also use the Auto Section Box tool to check stuff.

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    You might also look at using a Model Group for this.

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    Yeah I figured out a way around it.... Can't do it as an edit family cause you can't add pipes to a family. But if you make it into an assembly or group, you can save it that way as a rvg (revit group) then when they engineers need to use it they have to hit the ungroup or disassembly button.

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