Message: Cannot create a pier away from a wall.

Reference Number: KB-01182 Last Updated: 09-26-2013 12:17 PM

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Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


Whenever I try to use the Round Pier or Square Pad tools, this message displays:

"Cannot create a ­pier away from a wall. Normally a pier is created under a ­foundation wall, which in this case can be called a ­grade beam."

What am I doing wrong?


The Round Pier  and Square Pad  tools are designed specifically to place piers under foundation walls and as a result, they cannot be used to place piers anywhere except under a wall.


If you need to place a pier or post that is not located under a wall, use the Slab  tool and then modify the shape and height of the slab as needed.