yeah! I am not alone! me too happen to do it that way when I had to draw the stair at a very detailed scale, or when a few time more than a couple of them didn't have the same riser height on the same flight.... a deadly trap for the user, an hell for the draftsman ! they should implement a semi automatic stair tool like this where you can define shape and height independently for each tread step by step so to say! so you don't have to select on all the treads al the bottom corner to get the underneath slab done
For most of the Stairs I need to model, I usually have one quite similar already. Copy-Paste-Tweak.
The thing is, for the Custom Homes I make Plans for, Stairs are all going to be about the same since studs are usually either 92 5/8" or 104 5/8", and I almost always use (2) 2x6 for the treads = 11".
It's just a matter of how many risers you want. The joists are also usually in a typical range of 2x10's or I-joists. Subfloor is 3/4 or 7/8 most often. With the range/limits for rise and run being pretty much the same for every job it is usually pretty easy to just make some adjustments and be done with it. In a Section view of the stair, you draw a line vertical from subfloor to subfloor and with the Divisions tool you give it the number of risers you want. The nodes on the line will be how you can easily move the adjustable tread-riser objects to the correct elevation. Its a lot easier to do than to describe. And of course, my Interactive Schedules are automatically populated, Shop Drawings are easily generated. I have never spent enough time with the Stair Tool to see what it takes to get out of it what I know I will need. Perhaps there are people who are very good with the stair tool and can genterate the Interactive Schedules and Shop Drawings they need from it - ? I have always been skeptical because I have never actually been able to make it work with out a huge amount t of frustrations and configurations that are never quite right. I just gave up on it.
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