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Bill M
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Curved stairs and walls
SoftPlan Version:
13

I am attempting to draw a set of curved stairs and I am trying to run the stairs with a curved wall.  I have two questions.  1st, how do you run two wall say 3' apart and make sure they stay equal distance through the arc? And 2nd, how do I get the curved stair to line up with the wall?  I have read the manual but it isn't very helpful unfortunately.  

 

I have attached a photo of what I am dealing with.  One wall (on the right) has been extended downward for purposes of showing where the stairs need to be but will be adjusted back into position as noted on the picture.

 

Any help is appreciated.

 

 

Bill Wimberley
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Walls for Circular Stairs

The tutorial Walls for Circular Stairs covers this subject. Although you are trying to match the stairs to the wall rather than match the wall to the stairs. But the concept is basically the same. You need to move the center point of the stairs to be in the same location as the center point for the walls. Then adjust the radius and angle of the stairs to position them correctly.

To make two curved walls that have the same center point use the Offset tool. After you have one of the walls the way you like it then Offset it to create the other. This will ensure that both walls have the same center point. You can then edit the walls and adjust their radiuses to fine tune them if necessary to get the desired separation.

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Bill M
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Thanks Bill, I will look at

Thanks Bill, I will look at the tutorial.  I think I tried going to the center point of the wall to start the stairs but maybe not.  I really need to match the wall with the stairs so hopefully it can be done.  I'll get back with what I learn.

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I'm not sure how I have used

I'm not sure how I have used this program for almost 10 years and never used the offset tool. Excellent! The tutorial helped tremendously.  I ended up redrawing the walls after the stairs were correct using the method.  Thanks much Bill. 

 

 

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I have another question about

I have another question about his drawing.  I have put a sub-floor between the two floors and would like to have the ring joist follow the curved wall around the stairs.  Is it possible to do this?

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ring joists

Yes, all of the floor system components can follow curved walls.

 

Bill M
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Bill are the methods for

Bill are the methods for producing other curved objects covered somewhere in the manual?

Bill Wimberley
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Curved objects

They probably are. What other curved objects are you wanting to draw?

Bill M
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As in the drawing here, the

As in the drawing here, the ring joists for the sub-floor and the ceiling.  It doesn't matter for this drawing as I'm not showing any of the inside features finished but I would like to know for future reference and thought if it's in the manual somewhere I could check it out.  The ring joist on the sub-floor above the curved wall in this drawing converted itself as far as I can tell but the part not above any wall remained the short, straight lines I drew around the stairs.

Bill Wimberley
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Curved items

You can edit polygon edges such as on a floor system, ceiling, etc. and give the edge a deflection. The deflection determines how far the edge bulges in or out from the original straight line. After setting a deflection if you wish to specify an exact radius you can edit the radius box and enter your desired measurement. If the deflection is going the wrong direction just check the "Deflect In" check box to reverse it.

 

Bill M
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Thanks for that Bill.  I

Thanks for that Bill.  I should have grasped that I believe with it being there by the arc and seeing it in other instances.  Simple.