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Understanding wall properties

Review wall structure concepts.

Step-by-step guide

Review wall structure concepts.

  1. Start Autodesk Revit.
  2. In the Recent Files page, in the Models section, click New.
  3. In the New Project dialog box, click Browse.
  4. Select the default.rte template, and click Open.

In the Choose Template dialog box, the default template selected for this example, and Open selected; and in the background, the Revit Home page.

  1. Click OK.
  2. In the Architecture tab, Build panel, expand Wall and select Wall: Architectural.
  3. In the Properties palette, Type selector, select Exterior – CMU on Mtl.Stud.


In the Revit interface, the Properties palette, Type selector, with the Exterior – CMU on Mtl.Stud wall type selected.

  1. In Properties, click Edit Type. This opens the Type Properties dialog box.
  2. Click the Preview button to see the wall in a plan view.
  3. Below the preview window, in the View drop-down, change to a Section view.


In the Type Properties dialog box, the View drop-down, with Section selected, highlighted in red.

  1. In the Type Parameters section, next to Structure, click Edit.
  2. In the Edit Assembly dialog box, review the Layers of the structure, specifically noting the Core Boundaries that impact the location line of the wall.

The Edit Assembly dialog box, with a list of layers for the structure, including core boundaries.

  1. Click OK twice to exit the dialog boxes.
  2. Review the Properties information, including the Location Line and Top Constraint.
  3. In the Options Bar, review the settings and deselect Chain.
  4. In the Modify | Place Wall tab, Draw panel, select Line.
  5. Pick a point in the view to start the wall.
  6. Pull it to the left and notice the temporary dimensions, or a dimension can be typed in manually.

In the Options Bar, Chain deselected and highlighted in red; in the ribbon, Draw panel, the Line tool selected and highlighted in red; and in the drawing area, the drawn wall shows a temporary dimension of 65 feet.

  1. Press ENTER to place the wall.