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How do I create a pony wall?
A pony wall, sometimes referred to as a split wall or stacked wall, is a single wall composed of two separate wall types; one built above the other.
There are two ways to create a pony wall in Chief Architect - by drawing it using the Pony Wall tool or by specifying a normal wall as a pony wall.
It is very important to remember that the only way to specify the surface materials of the upper and lower pony wall's is in its two separate wall type definitions. See More Information, below.
To draw a pony wall
- Open a plan file in which you would like to create a pony wall.
- Select Edit> Default Settings from the menu. In the Default Settings dialog:
- Click the + beside Walls.
- Click on Pony Wall, then click the Edit button.
- In the Pony Wall Defaults dialog:
- Specify the wall types that you would like to use for the Upper and Lower Pony Walls.
- Specify the desired Height of Lower Pony Wall.
- If you would like to Show Lower Wall in Plan View, check this box.
- Click OK to close the dialog, then click the Done button to close the Default Settings dialog, as well.
- Select Build> Wall> Pony Wall from the menu.
- Click and drag to draw a pony wall based on the settings in the Pony Wall Defaults dialog.
To specify a normal wall as a pony wall
- Draw a wall.
- Click on the wall to select it, then click the Open Object edit button. On the Wall Types tab of the Wall Specification dialog:
- Check the box beside Pony Wall.
- Specify the Upper and Lower Pony Wall wall types.
- Specify the Elevation of Lower Wall Top or Height Off Floor.
: These two settings are dynamic. When one is changed the other will update automatically. Elevation of Lower Wall Top
is measured from absolute elevation 0" - the default floor height of Floor 1. Height off Floor
is measured relative to the room defined by the selected wall.
For example if the pony wall is located on Floor 2 these settings will look similar to the following:
- Click OK to close the dialog and apply your change to the selected wall.
Unlike other walls, you can only specify surface materials of a pony wall in its wall type definitions. If you find that your pony wall does not display the correct surface materials, you have most likely overridden the default materials for these wall types - either in the Room Specification dialog or by using the Material Painter tool.
Because a pony wall's surface materials can only be specified in its two wall type definitions, you may need to create custom wall types. To learn more, see article 716 in this database: How to create a new wall type.
If you create a pony wall but do not see the specified surface materials in 3D views, see article 586: I used the Material Painter to modify my walls, and now I can't undo the changes. What should I do?