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Is there a way to have different, exterior wall thicknesses across floors?   For example, 12" exterior walls in the basement, 8" exterior walls on the first floor, 4" exterior walls on the second floor?  I've checked here on the forum and the user guides and can't find any information that addresses this.  If it's not possible, does anyone have any ideas for clever workarounds in HD Pro 2018?

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You can have whatever wall type you want, wherever you want.

 

What specifically are you having a problem with?

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When I change the wall type in the basement, the program is changing the wall type on the other floors, as well.   It's very strange. 

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After you change the basement wall, make sure to align it with the wall above. Select the basement wall and click the Align With Wall Above icon in the Edit Toolbar, or for a test, drag the basement wall inwards.

 

The best way is to set your foundation wall defaults so when you build the foundation, the walls are correct.

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Thanks for the quick reply, Solver.  Aligning the walls isn't the issue;  I use that function all the time.  The issue is that when I change the basement walls to 12" ICF, the program is automatically changing the walls on the first floor to 12" ICF, as well.   If I then go and change the first floor walls to 8" ICF (which is what I want them to be), the walls in the basement automatically change to 8" ICF.  And vice versa. 

 

Although I already have the house plan complete - basement, first floor, second floor, attic - I went ahead and changed the Foundation Wall defaults.

 

I got a message that said "The main layer of existing walls will be moved to accommodate this wall type change" when I tried to change wall types on the  First Floor.  I checked the Knowledge Base, followed the instructions to change the General Wall Type defaults, and still get that message every time I try to change wall types.

 

So.  I closed the program and restarted it.  I checked the wall types on the First Floor layer - they were ICF Stucco.  I the went to the Basement layer and, working clockwise, changed all the wall types to 12" ICF (no stucco, no wallboard).  I saved the changes.  Then I went to the first floor layer, and lo and behold!, all the walls on the first floor had changed to 12" ICF. 

 

I then changed a First Floor wall to an 8" ICF and ALL the walls in the Basement changed to 8" ICF. 

 

What the heck?

 

I understand that this may be something that HD Pro 2018 can't do.  If that's the case, might there be a workaround that won't hose up the framing, etc? 

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Sorry for the late reply, Solver.  I would post it but my partner is concerned that someone will copy it. :(  I did, however, find a workaround.  I just made the wall types on each floor slightly different.  i.e. the basement has straight, ICF walls.  The first floor has ICF Stucco with the stucco deleted, etc etc.  It works and does not seem to be doing anything weird with the framing.  I do have to fix some craziness that happened with some interior walls and the stair landings but nothing that can't be corrected with some futzing around.

 

Thanks and I appreciate the help!

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