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    domestic pipes

    hello
    we are currently using families for domestic pipe but this is ********! the item haven't the rightsize and i can not use it!
    one of our provider give us a template with its components
    the families seem to be well done but i'm not able to create pipe network
    on floor plan it's quite easy but on section view when i put a slope on a pipe i can't draw a pipe after
    i asked to to provider but of course he has been made this library and template and he isn't able to answer me
    have you got advice?
    the link of the template : https://app.box.com/s/ibetrnzkct57v1pfd1jxm1ltj6u4zoam
    Phil

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    try to draw your sloping pipes by using a reference plane, that may help to draw more easily!

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    use the slope pipe tool in the system tab
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    Check your pipe angle settings. These are found in the "Manage" tab, "MEP Settings", "Mechanical Settings".
    They are no doubt set to really large angles

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    Using the Slope tool works much better than creating sloping workplanes once you get used to it.

    Make sure your fitting families can actually handle the small changes in angle that happen when drawing sloped pipe. Also if you want to connect into a vertical family (Inspection pit or something) with a sloping pipe, make sure that the connector in the family has the 'Allow sloped connection' option on.

    Something everyone has difficulty with is connecting into a sloped pipe when drawing in plan. A method that works for this is;
    - Draw your main sloping pipe.
    - Draw the connection (Also with the same slope) to near the main pipe but dont connect it (Heights will different so it wont work)
    - On the slope tool option choose 'Inherit Elevation' and 'Slope UP' before making a new pipe
    - With the pointer over the main pipe you can find the snap point where the connecting pipe would intersect it. Draw the upward sloping pipe from this point towards the connecting pipe, the height of the connection will automatically be correct.
    - Now you have a short stub of pipe that is correctly connected to the main, is in line with the connecting pipe, and is sloping up from the main with the correct slope.
    - Go in to 3D view and Align the centre line of the connecting pipe with the centre line of the stub you just made and Trim them together.
    -Set slope back to Down and continue..

    Might sound complicated but using this method and working from the highest branches down, its quite easy to make fully connected sloping pipe networks.
    Dont get me started on non concentric transition fittings though.....

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    hi
    thanks for the answers

    @joseph
    "Allow sloped connection" isn't avalaible for pipe fittings (but it is for pipe accessories) unfortunately!!

    For your solution for drawing pipes i need to swallow it
    I'll think about it and try to make it.... sounds not so easy as you say but need to practice!!

    Phil

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