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    Family Too Small

    I'm having a problem building Revit families - I need to draw lines and fill the center, but apparently the area is too small. I have this problem a lot when revising the family - it says the line is too short. It seems like the family needs to be built larger and scaled down when inserted into the drawing. Is there a way to do this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonA. View Post
    It seems like the family needs to be built larger and scaled down when inserted into the drawing. Is there a way to do this?
    There are hacks that sometimes work to beat Revit's working limits, but let's first understand what - and why - you are modelling...

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    I work on things like fire alarm and security, and there aren't many families built into Revit MEP for that, so we have to build some of our own. We mostly work in 2D drawings, so we usually just build them with lines and need to fill some spaces. Like this smoke detector, where the backwards "S" needs filled in the center:
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    so your drawing annotation symbols then?

    so y arent u doing any of this in 3d since your using revit?

    I work at an MEP firm and we do have a bunch of symbols to draw schematics but we still make everything in 3d including thermostats a 2d symbol can be place inside a 3d family for layout veiws if that is all u want to see
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    Sorry, I wasn't very clear. They are families. There are times that we have to show devices in a cut plane view, I just need to fix the 2D portion.

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    I'm think it the problem that we sometimes run into with are symbols in for schematics in revit where the scale is set as such that the symbol appears to be to large correct

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    like this with the pump symbol
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    Exactly. Another example is the data symbol, which is built into Revit.

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    what is the scale of your view? if u can take the scale from 1/4 to 1/2 shrinks the symbol i have made a small pump symbol but as you have found you can only go so far.

    If u make the object as small as it can go and then scale it down does that work?

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    It will not allow me to scale it.

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