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    pier height anchor bolt height problem

    I have a problem with my anchor bolt and pier height not working properly together. basically the anchor bolt needs to grow with the pier but also needs to be adjustable depending on how deep the anchor bolt goes into the footing. any suggestions
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    1. Go into the sweep path sketch for the anchor bolt and delete the length parameter. You want to try and not put parameters in sketch mode.
    2. Delete the reference plane that you have in sketch mode as well.
    3. Finish the sweep.
    4. Add a RP at the top of the anchor bolt (where you had the one in sketch mode) and go back to the sweep sketch and lock it to that RP.
    5. Add a parameter for the portion of the anchor bolt that will stick out past the bolt plate (on top). Or, lock a dimension if this will be consistent.

    That takes care of it moving with the pier depth.

    6. Add a RP at the midpoint of the anchor bolt where it turns 90* (at the bottom).
    7. Go back into the sweep and lock the arch to the RP. It should already line up, just use the align command and lock it.
    8. Finish the sweep, assign the parameter for the bolt length and you're done.

    I only did this with one bolt (I deleted the others). You may want to think about creating the anchor bolts and nesting them, that way you can add an instance parameter, link it to a parameter in the parent family, and not have to dimension all 4 of them.
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    thanks for the step by step when I get a chance to make the changes I will post the family here

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    Thanks for the anchor bolt step by step however I noticed anther problem when testing this family the base plate loose its locked alignment with the reference plane that its attached to however this only happens with the reference planes associated with the length parameter any ideas why this would be happening to one and not the other
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    It's working on my end, but the plate gets larger and the pier stays the same, so the grout "inverts" (the sloped angle goes the other way). Will the pier always be 1" larger than the plate on each edge? I changed it to a formula and it works fine.

    plate width = pier width - 2"
    plate length = pier length - 2"

    Or you could probably add a parameter from the edge of plate to the edge of pier (if it varies), but that's another thing you'll have to manually input.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dzatto View Post
    It's working on my end, but the plate gets larger and the pier stays the same, so the grout "inverts" (the sloped angle goes the other way). Will the pier always be 1" larger than the plate on each edge? I changed it to a formula and it works fine.

    plate width = pier width - 2"
    plate length = pier length - 2"

    Or you could probably add a parameter from the edge of plate to the edge of pier (if it varies), but that's another thing you'll have to manually input.

    oddly enough it works in the project environment fine only falls apart in the family editor

    here is the family
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    Last edited by Darius; November 20th, 2014 at 09:27 PM.

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