Frustrated... I finished my foundation package formulas yesterday and all is well. The next thing to calculate is pressure treated bottom plate. There is a single "P/T Sill Plate" item that comes with the software, but I do not understand the custom formula even after consulting the manual, and I can't get it to show up on my report even when I make sure the sequence number matches that of the report. So, I tried to make my own items, which is what I'd rather do anyway, but I have run into a problem...
I only need two variables to be able to calculate the amount of 2x4 and 2x6 bottom sill plate and separate them. I need some type of length variable that tells me the total length of the wall sections, and then also a wall thickness variable so I can create a condition in each item, so I can separate 2x4 and 2x6 sill plate. The problem is, the 'length' variable is only available in the 'Wall' Wall Part type, and the 'Sill Width' variable is only available in the 'Sill' Wall Part type. I can only specify one Wall Part type for an item, but the two variables I need are only available in separate types.
I did find somewhat of a workaround, where I edited the wall definitions and changed the 'Plate A' that represents the bottom plate to 'Log A' for the 2x4 wall types, and changed it to Log B for the 2x6 wall types. I then created a condition where it only calculates each item for walls containing regions of Log A and Log B. Problem with that is I'm needing to use the existing data in our plans that have already been drawn to do these takeoffs, and since the plans weren't drawn with these different wall definitions to begine with, my workaround doesn't work. It only works with new plans that had these definitions set up before they were drawn.
Any input is welcome. Thank you