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    Railing's ain't so bad

    ok, this is prompted from a pervious thread
    This is one for those who hate railings and balusters. Have a play with this railing and let you imagination run wild, I will try to explain the best I can, but you might learn more by reverse engineering this railing/handrail hybrid.
    1. create your self a support (baluster) family from a "railing support family template" make sure you use the 'height parameter"and lock your extursion to the height ref plane, and give it what ever parameters you need for you desired baluster (support). Load into project.
    2. Make your self a new (duplicate) "hand rail type" system family. These are the extra left and right rails you can add to a railing system family.In the type parameters set Profile to your desired handrail profile/set height/hand clearence (you will need tweak hand clearence)
    3. Make youself a new (duplicate)"Railing" System family, set "top rail" to none, Select a handrail 1 / type to your new hanrail type (this will be your new top rail.)
    that's about it, once loaded if you 'Tab" and select the Top Rail" (Handrail) you will get the type properties for playing with support spacings etc..
    if you "Tab" the balusters (supports) you can unpin the move, drag (they will snap to center of rail) copy,align, repin.....
    If you get in a mess select railing and hit Railing Rest on the ribbon it reset to defaut spacing but not delete copied balusters.
    you can get real adventerous and "tab select" the hand rail /edit rail/ edit path, and start putting on extensions....
    Hope this makes sense.
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    Last edited by mark b; July 23, 2013, 09:37 PM.
    Mark Balsom

    If it ain't broke, fix it till it is.

    #2
    I never even thought to unpin and copy the balusters, nor did I realize you could unpin and swap out components. Genius. :thumbsup:
    Dan

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      #3
      Is this "unpinning balusters" thing a new feature in 2014? That sounds like exactly what I need to do. But I don't see where to unpin my baluster. I tried opening your file and it refused because it was saved in a later version than what I have (I'm on 2013).

      Edit: I just found this link. I'm going to read through it and see what I can come up with -- it says that it can be done in 2013.

      http://whatrevitwants.blogspot.com/2...g-support.html
      Last edited by doni49; July 23, 2013, 06:25 PM.
      Don Ireland

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        #4
        Its a Support, not a Baluster. They are different, and they act different. You wont be able to "unpin" a pattern with more than one type of "baluster." Thats why i use multiple railings on top of one another.
        Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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          #5
          Thanks all! This gives me a new toy to play with.
          Don Ireland

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            #6
            Use split element on the sketch line. Everywhere you split will be a baluster.
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              #7
              Thats how i do a lot of ours, but it means layering railings on top of one another for more complex patterns. Great technique though, works like a champ.
              Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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                #8
                Thread resurrection rather than start a new one... and yes, you've permission to laugh...

                I've only just, this morning, looked at the "new" (2013) railing tools :hide: (past projects in past versions, and present projects in newer versions not needing railings) = all very interesting.

                BUT

                Unless I'm being a complete dunce (good chance) is it intentional that I/we can't make the 3D geometry of terminations visible in plan? I hate using symbollic linework.

                And do I/we really need to model handed versions (of terminations) for the start/end conditions? I can't seem to locate a "flip" or "orientation" check for them (at a family level or in the rail-definition-properties dialog(s))

                And Mark mentions in the OP that there are templates for supports, but I can't find one?


                PS: and what's with the section box (in 3D) seemingly "hide" railings if hugged-up-close (not through or across) them?!?
                Last edited by snowyweston; October 17, 2013, 01:06 PM.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by snowyweston View Post
                  PS: and what's with the section box (in 3D) seemingly "hide" railings if hugged-up-close (not through or across) them?!?
                  Are you referring to a railing with no balusters not showing in section, 3d, etc.? If so there's noise out there about this bug and the solution seems to be make a null baluster and apply it to the railing. Something about clip planes for the railing without balusters being all jacked up.
                  Greg McDowell Jr
                  about.me/GMcDowellJr

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