Using Specialized Door Hardware


Reference Number: KB-02980
Last Modified: June 7, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


QUESTION

The new Bonus Catalog has specialized door hardware that is not applied to a door in the Door Specification dialog like typical hardware. How do I use these new symbols?


*The items discussed in this article are part of the Bonus Door Hardware catalogs found in the 3D Library


ANSWER

Certain items within the Bonus Door Hardware catalogs require special handling as they are not the typical handles, hinges and locks. 


To place Period Door Hinges

While most of the strap hinges work the same way as traditional hinges in Chief Architect the Period Door Hinges, since they have an alternating design, have to be handled differently.

  1. With the Select Object  tool select the door and then click Open Object .


  2. In the Door Specification dialog which opens next click the Hardware panel.


  3. Under the Hinges section click the Library button to open the Select Library Object dialog.


  4. Browse to the Period Door Hinges item and click OK.


  5. In the Number of Hinges setting specify 1.

    The default is for the door to have 3 separate hinges. Since all three hinges are present in this one item the dialog preview reflects 9 total hinges. Switching the Number of Hinges to 1 clears this up.




To place the Door Stop

Since there is not a door stop section in the specification the Locks section is re-purposed. 

  1. With the Select Object  tool select the door and then click Open Object .


  2. In the Door Specification dialog which opens next click the Hardware panel.


  3. Under the Locks section click the Library button next to Interior Lock to open the Select Library Object dialog.


  4. Browse to the Doorstop item and click OK.


  5. In the Up From Bottom setting specify 0"




To place the Door Closer

The door closer doesn't align with the handle in any way so it needs to be placed manually directly from the library. 

  1. With the Library Browser open browse to Chief Architect Bonus Catalogs> Door Hardware No. 3> Commercial


  2. Click once on the Door Closer symbol to select it then click once in plan to place the Door Closer.


  3. With the Select Object tool select the placed Door Closer and place it next to the door. Use the Rotation handle if necessary to rotate the object.



  4. Next use the Cross Section/Elevation  camera to take an elevation view of the Door.


  5. With the Select Object tool select the Door Closer and use the Move Edit Handle  to move it into place.