Defining Framing Diagram Options


The item Framing Options appears in both the System Options and the Drawing Options. Use this item to specify the following framing diagram options:


   How the walls in the framing diagram are to be arranged on the screen and the printed paper


   How the intersecting points of the walls are to be framed


   How the walls are to be dimensioned


   Whether jack studs are used at openings


   Where the headers over openings are placed


To Set Framing Options


1. Select File System Options or Drawing Options Framing Options. The Framing Options menu opens:



2. Use the following menu items to set up the framing options:




    Horizontal    - Use to set the horizontal distance between the edges of the walls. See Illustration 1.


    Vertical        - Use to set the vertical distance from the bottom edge of one wall to the top edge of the wall directly below it. See Illustration 1.


    Row Width   - Use to set the width of the row (or page) that is to be used when viewing and printing the framing diagram. Additional walls that do not fit on a row will be placed directly below it. See Illustration 1.



Illustration 1: Setting the Framing Diagram Print Page


    Framing Style 


    Intersect  This item allows you to specify how the intersecting edges of the walls are to be framed. You can choose from Flat, 'L' Stud, Double Stud, Box Stud, Ladder, or 4 Stud styles. See Illustration 2.



Illustration 2: Intersect Framing Styles



Illustration 3: Intersect Ladder Framing Style 


    Corner   Use to specify how a wall corner is to be framed. You can choose the following framing styles.



Illustration 4: Corner Wall Framing Styles


    Generate Non-Framing Walls


                When generating a framing diagram for the wall panels in a drawing, if you want walls that do not contain studs (for example concrete, block, log walls) to be generated and displayed in the framing diagram, check Generate Non-Framing Walls.


    Dimension Options


    This section of the Framing Options menu allows you to choose how the walls of the framing diagram are to be dimensioned. You can choose Accumulate, Stagger, and Center of Studs.


    Accumulate   Check this menu item if you want to display, as shown in Illustration 5, a running account of the distance between studs.


                         Uncheck this item, if you want SoftPlan to measure the distance between each stud and display the distance measured as shown in Illustration 6.



Illustration 5: Accumulated Dimensioning



Illustration 6: Non-Accumulated Dimensioning


    Stagger   Check this item to stagger the dimensions, as shown in Illustration 7.



Illustration 7: Staggered Dimensions


    Center of Studs   If you check this menu item, SoftPlan displays the distance measured from the center of one stud to the center of the next stud, as shown in Illustration 8.


Illustration 8: Center of Studs Dimensions




    You can use a combination of dimensioning styles on your framing diagrams, for example could check all three Dimension Options to show your dimensions as measured from center of stud, staggered, and accumulated.


    Wall Label   - This field allows you to specify how the wall panels in the framing diagrams are to be labeled. The selections include Width x Depth, Depth x Width, or No Dimensions at all. See Illustration 9.



Illustration 9: Labeling the Wall Panel


    Jack Stud Options


     No Jack Studs  - Leave this item unchecked if you want to have jack studs at openings. Check if you do not want to use jack studs at openings. See Illustration 10.



Illustration 10


    Double Studs if Header Length Over


            - If you are using jack studs at your openings, you can also specify to have them doubled if the header over an opening is over a certain length. Use the Double Studs if Header Length Over field to specify that header length.


    Add Sill Jack Studs 


            - Check this item if you want to add jack studs below the ends of the opening sills. See Illustration 10.




    Position - Use to specify where the header is to be placed over the opening.


                         To place the header directly over the opening, choose Directly over Opening. See Illustration 11.


                         To place the header directly under the Top Plates, choose Underside of Top Plates. See Illustration 11.



Illustration 11


    Add Plate Under Header


            - Use this item to specify that a plate is to be added directly under the header. See Illustration 12.



Illustration 12: Add Plate under Header


    Show Electrical Recesses


    If you check Show Electrical Recesses, the electrical outlets that you place on your floor plans will be displayed in Framing mode. Any outlets not correctly placed on the wall, for example in front of a stud, can then be moved to a better location while in Framing mode. The generated framing diagrams will also show the placement of electrical outlets.




    If you move an outlet in Framing mode, it will be automatically moved in Drawing and Electrical mode.


3. After setting the defaults for framing diagrams, click ok.




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