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January 25, 2011


Chris Hubbard


Does not unckeching the "Shared" property stop the nested components from scheduling seperately? That is how we typically handle our nested families. Our doors have the property unchecked while our plumbing fixtures are checked.

Ryan Duell

Correct; un-checking “Shared” in a nested family would prevent the nested families from appearing in the project schedule assuming they were loaded into a host family.

In this example, the host family itself is appearing in the schedule, as it contains the nested 2 "Shared" families. This is the family [host] we wish to exclude from the door schedule. Both nested families in this example are set “Shared” so they appear in the schedule.


I prefer the first approach of creating the opening as a Generic Family. Nested shared doors are the only way to go as there are far too many door styles

Chris Hubbard


Thanks for posting that. Sumex I agree that the standard "opening" should be a generic model to prevent it from scheduling with doors. However depending on the project we sometimes use the door frame as the door and sometimes the door panel. We can quickly switch each of our families (copy to project library edit family and resave) prior to loading into the project.

The downside of this method is once we commit to shared or not, we have to stick with that because you cannot reload a family or nested component after changing that property.

I agree that nested doors are the only way to go for the same reason. Prior to that we either ignored the frame (dumb parameter for the type) and drafted a frame layout or had a new type for each frame type material and profile. It was a PITA.

Good to know that there are different ways to accomplish the same task depending on the need.

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