Piers inside crawlspace?


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Hi guys, i am a newbie to this software (Home Designer Pro 2016) and i am trying to place piers on my foundation plan. I have spent time searching it out but I cant figure how to make piers above grade and also that are not under walls show on my foundation plan. The piers will support the interior girders. Can someone point me in the right direction please? Thanks in advance, Rick

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The best way to explain what i am doing is...draw a foundation and try to put some 8x16 or 12x16 cmu interior piers in place with measurements from the outside of the foundation to center of the piers and measurements between the piers oc. It appears that when using "piers", i cant figure it out, also when using geo shapes its very hard to get the dems to work out and the footing has to be drawn separately. There has to be a easier way that how i am doing it, I have read for a extended amount of time on this and just cant find a easy way to get it done. I know it has to be very simple because this is a very important part of drawing 101 and i am embarrassed that i cant figure it out. Thanks for any help i can get. Rick (also working on signature now)


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Everything is mostly explained in this thread.


Draw a pier and apply material to make it look like you want, and then, if needed, a footing. I used the Slab Tool, but other things will also work.


Select them both and Make Architectural Block so you can move them together.


Move as required in plan and elevation views. 


Transform/Replicate is an easy way to space them if they are evenly spaced.


You can also draw CAD lines, positioning them precisely. Use them as your centers to place the piers.



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