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Manually Drawing Framing Members

Reference Number: KB-00727 Last Updated: 10-09-2014 11:21 AM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Lite

Home Designer Professional


QUESTION

Sometimes, when I am manually drawing framing I encounter a message that tells me the item I want to draw cannot be created at the location I want and asks if I want to draw a general framing member instead. 

"Could not create a roof rafter at this location because no roof planes were found.  Would you like to create a general framing member instead?"

Why is this happening and what should I do?


ANSWER

This message will display if you try to draw a framing member at a location other than inside of a structural component that it is meant to frame - for example, if you try to draw a Joist  outside of a floor or ceiling platform.


Other versions of this message include:

  • Could not create a floor or ceiling joist at this location because no appropriate platform was found. 

  • Could not create a floor or ceiling beam at this location because no appropriate platform was found. 

  • Could not create a floor or ceiling truss at this location because no appropriate roof and ceiling planes were found. 

  • Could not create floor or ceiling blocking at this location because no appropriate platform was found. 

  • Could not create a roof beam at this location because no roof planes were found.

  • Could not create roof blocking at this location because no roof planes were found. 

  • Could not create a roof truss at this location because no roof planes were found. 



The Floor/Ceiling Framing Tools can only be used to draw objects that are located within floor or ceiling platforms defined by rooms.  These tools are:

  • Joist

  • Joist Blocking

  • Floor/Ceiling Truss

  • Floor/Ceiling Beam


Similarly, the Roof Framing Tools can only be used to draw objects that are located within roof planes or manually-drawn, pitched ceiling planes.  These tools are:

  • Rafter

  • Roof Blocking

  • Roof Truss

  • Roof Beam


If you require a framing member located outside of a floor platform, ceiling platform, roof plane, or ceiling plane structural component, then you will need to use the General Framing  tool to draw it.