This command displays a submenu which allows you to select and draw downpipes.
A downpipe is simply a 2D dot drawn on the line you select. When all the materials for the job are tallied later on, each downpipe will spawn lengths of pipe, a pop, offsets, and possibly an elbow or a shoe.
When you first click this command, the list of available downpipes is listed. This selection then becomes the type of downpipe for all the downpipes in the model. You can mask the display of downpipes with the Utilities Set-Display command.
This command allows you to change the type of downpipe you want for this job.
This command allows you to draw a downpipe.
After you click Insert, you are prompted to locate a line onto which the downpipe is inserted. Typically, you would select an eave line. A downpipe is drawn on the line you select.
Then the Downpipe values dialog box is displayed. This dialog allows you to set parameters for the downpipe. The software will allow up to 20 different downpipes to be inserted on the one job.
Height of gutter This is the height of the gutter. The default value is the height of the gutter above zero. You would enter a suitable value here so the Reporting section can resolve the number of fixed length pieces of downpipe required for this job.
Offset to wall This is the offset distance to the wall so the system can determine the type of offset piece to use. The default value is the horizontal distance to the closest wall. If it is zero, a wall was not found close by.
Base of downpipe This is a drop down list where you can assign the base piece of the downpipe to be nothing, an elbow or a shoe.
Dot Size Allows the operator to define the size of the dot that represents the location of the downpipe, making them easier to see on the drawing. Size is in millimetres. Shown below is a 2mm dot and 5mm dot.
After you click [OK], the downpipe is inserted.
Here you can see the downpipes drawn as solid dots.
Here, you can change an existing downpipe. After you select the downpipe in the model, the Downpipe values dialog box is displayed. The values in the dialog box are those you first inserted the downpipe with. After you make the changes, click [OK] to make them permanent.
This command allows you to delete downpipes in the model. After you click Delete you then select the downpipes to delete.
This command annotates alongside each downpipe in the model the supplier, size, finish and colour. A repaint will remove this text.
This tally’s downpipes and accessories, thus confirming that you have everything you need before you go to the Reporting stage.