CMU
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Architectural Production Software 2005

Keyboard shortcut: none
Toolbar button:
Compatible with AutoCAD Versions: 2000, 2000i, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

CONCRETE MASONRY UNIT BLOCKS

Component of the Detailer command that draws various sizes of CMU block in plan and section. Each can be inserted either using a corner point and then selecting an orientation or by centering the block (about either centerline). You may choose to draw the block either nominal size or actual size. If you choose to draw it actual size mortar joints are also drawn for you to maintain coursing. Each of the cells of the block are drawn "grouted solid", but the grout can be erased if not needed.  

User configurable options: 

See CMU in the Section/Detail Cmds section of the APS-CONFIG command

Layers:

Known limitations:

Alternate uses:

 

SAMPLE CMU COMMAND SYNTAX:

Command:
Command: CMU

The following dialog will appear:

The button will take you to the main selection screen of the detailer command.

The button brings you to this web page for help during the command (without canceling)

First choose whether to draw the CMU nominal or actual size, then select the size of CMU you would like by either using the preset buttons or by typing in a custom size in the boxes. Finally select the view you would like to insert. The plan and finish block plan views are inserted the same way and the section and lintel section blocks are inserted the same way so an example of each will be demonstrated below:

[Plan/Finish Blk Plan view]

Select corner point of the CMU or <Enter> to center:

Select the corner point for the block or press <Enter> or <Space> to center the block

[corner point option]

Selected the corner point (from above prompt). The endpoint and intersection snaps are added to your running object snaps if not already being used.

 

Enter direction along long side of CMU or [A]ng[L]e/[D]irection dialog:

Ortho is turned on for this point. (Turn it off with <F8> or to draw other angles.) Select a point, enter an angle, or press "A", "L", or "D" and use the AngLe/Direction dialog. Note: When drawing a line, the length of the line does not affect the length of the CMU.

 

Side for CMU thickness:

Select the side that the CMU should reside. The white dashed line that appears is to show the direction that the CMU is going to be drawn. This is especially helpful in selecting a side when you specify an angle without other objects around for reference.

 

-the CMU block is drawn-

[End - corner point option]

 

[center option]

The following dialog appears:

Select the orientation that you would like. (Don't worry, your CMU won't look like the pictures shown. This is a generic dialog.)

 

Enter center point for CMU:

Select the center point for the CMU. The midpoint snap is added to your running object snaps if it is not already being used.

 

Enter second point along centerline of CMU or [A]ng[L]e/[D]irection dialog:

Ortho is turned on for this point. (Turn it off with <F8> or to draw other angles.) Select a point, enter an angle, or press "A", "L", or "D" and use the AngLe/Direction dialog. Note: When drawing a line, the length of the line does not affect the length of the CMU.

 

--the CMU block is drawn--

[End - center option]

[End - Plan/Finish Blk Plan view]

 

[Section/Lintel Sect. view]

Select corner point of the CMU or <Enter> to center:

Select the corner point for the block or press <Enter> or <Space> to center the block

[corner point option]

Selected the corner point (from above prompt). The endpoint and intersection snaps are added to your running object snaps if not already being used.

Enter direction along side face of CMU or [A]ng[L]e/[D]irection dialog:

Ortho is turned on for this point. (Turn it off with <F8> or to draw other angles.) Select a point, enter an angle, or press "A", "L", or "D" and use the AngLe/Direction dialog. Note: When drawing a line, the length of the line does not affect the length of the CMU.

Side for CMU thickness:

Select the side that the CMU should reside. The white dashed line that appears is to show the direction that the CMU is going to be drawn. This is especially helpful in selecting a side when you specify an angle without other objects around for reference.

-the CMU block is drawn-

[End - corner point option]

[center option]

Enter center point for CMU:

Select the center point for the CMU. The midpoint snap is added to your running object snaps if it is not already being used.

Enter second point along centerline of CMU or [A]ng[L]e/[D]irection dialog:

Ortho is turned on for this point. (Turn it off with <F8> or to draw other angles.) Select a point, enter an angle, or press "A", "L", or "D" and use the AngLe/Direction dialog. Note: When drawing a line, the length of the line does not affect the length of the CMU.

--the CMU block is drawn--

[End - center option]

Tip: Since you usually need several copies of this view, now would be a great time to use the Copy Continuous (COPYCONT) command.

[End - Section/Lintel Sect. view]

 

Solutions to common questions and problems with this command

 

Related Commands

DETAILER  A dialog for selecting one of the many materials that can be drawn.

COPYCONT  Command to make a copy of selected objects a specified angle and distance once for every time the <Space> or <Enter> key is pressed.

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