Common edges are not common knowledge


There’s a little-known secret to controlling the line weights of walls in your Revit model, and it’s one of those settings that might not be immediately apparent at first.

We all know that the line weights of objects in our model can be controlled in a variety of ways. Line weights can be controlled on a global basis via “Object Styles”, on a view-by-view basis via “Visibility/Graphics”, or on an element-by-element basis within a particular view.

Walls are no exception.

By navigating over to the “Manage” tab within Revit and activating a project’s Object Styles, you will see that (by default) Revit assigns a cut line weight of 5 to walls. The “5” value applies to the outermost boundary of the object – in this case, the wall. But what about all of those interior layers?

Object Styles

Pictured: “Chunky Mc-chunkster”

By simply expanding the wall category, you will find a series of fully editable sub-categories – one of which is known as “Common Edges”. By manipulating this information, we find even more graphic controllability than originally expected.


Revised common edges

I’ve highlighted the wall’s common edges in the image above, and just like the outermost edges of the wall, we also have full control over the line weight, pattern, and color of the wall’s interior layers.

Keep this in mind the next time you find yourself beating your head against the wall trying to manipulate line weights in your Revit model.

Happy Revit-eering.

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