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    aligning bottle trap family

    Hello all,
    I would really appreciate any help with this. I created a bottle trap family in revit mep 2010. I didn't make any family types so there are no parameters (labels).

    I added two connectors, a 50mm inlet and a 40mm outlet connector. But when I insert the bottle trap under a sink, in does not connect. It does not flip/orient when it detects a pipe and just remains dumb - horizontal.

    Please what am I missing out?

    Out of the box revit mep plumbing fittings ie- wye, elbow, p-trap, all flip or orient thenselves when close to a pipe. and they all have their reference planes as NOT a Reference in Instance properties.

    Please any help would do. How do I make my bottle trap orient/align properly?

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    well, i've been on it for 3 days continous now. What i tried was to insert the connectors. I did a different model, still with no parameter, but carefully placed the connectors, primary, secondary and then link them.

    The part still doesn't align to pipefittings like other revit content, P-trap, elbows etc. But when i manually rotate it and use the CONNECT INTO function, it does connect and become part of the system. Well, it's a start.

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    At the Denver Revit User Group RMEP sub-group meeting last night (not heavily attended, but hey 2's company, 3's a crowd, ergo it was crowded) we devoted the entire evening to walking through best practices for creating a family on the fly. One of the things I noticed was a parameter to select the placement option which had as one of the choices "break into" which you might want to experiment with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishandchips47 View Post
    One of the things I noticed was a parameter to select the placement option which had as one of the choices "break into" which you might want to experiment with.
    Thanks, I'm experimenting with this right now. I have to change the family category of the Pipe fitting as "Mechanical Equipment" so I can get the "Break Into" Part Type in Family parameters.

    Yes the part now flips automatically. But there's no System connection yet. But thanks, I'll experiment with this a little more. Cheers.

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