How to draw Elec Plan

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Larry
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How to draw Elec Plan
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2014

How do you guys generate a clean Electrical Drawing?

I have been using an electrical layer and editing all the electrical symbols and Dimensions (I dimension where I want my can lights). Then I make another layer I call "Electrical undo".  Then I take all the non electrical notes and dimensions and extension and edit them to this second layer.  

Isn't there a better way?

Larry

Bill M
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Following.  I think this is

Following.  I think this is an area where layers would benefit my efforts as well.

Bill Wimberley
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Electrial Plans

Larry, I would suggest using Electrical Mode for your electrical plans. You can have the visibility of electrical symbols and electrical connectors turned off in all other modes and they will only show up in Electrical Mode. If you make your electrical notes and dimensions while in Electrical Mode then the notes will only show in that mode as long is you don't check "visible in all modes". Dimensions only show in the mode where they were created.

When it comes time to place your drawing in a plan set or multi drawing you set the appropriate mode as the active mode. So for your floor plans you would set the mode to Drawing. For your electrical plans you set the mode to Electrical. And so on. This way you have all your items in one file but you can display them differently depending on what mode is selected. Also, by using Options-->Visible Items you can set various items and layers to be either visible or not visible on a per mode basis, further controlling what is seen on each mode. For instance I have opening text turned off in electrical mode and electrical items off in drawing mode.

By using modes you can have different items visible for each mode and have everything all on one file rather than multiple files. Another example would be Roof mode. If you want to show your roof on a plan set page simply place the drawing in the plan set and change the mode to roof mode. Again, you can have all your roof notes placed in roof mode and they will not show in other modes. Ditto for Ceiling and Floor System modes.

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Larry
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Thanks Bill.

Thanks Bill.

Key sentence here is "Dimensions only show in the mode they were created in."