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Multiple Homeruns on a Circuit

Be able to draw multiple homeruns on a circuit, rather than the one that you are currently limited to.

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    AdminDavid Robison (President, Design Master Software) shared this idea  ·   ·  Admin →

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      • Richard D commented  · 

        I agree with Gary. So many times the circuit(s) are spread out over the floor;ex. emergency lights; and in some instances multiple floors.

      • Solomon Williams commented  · 

        I take this to mean the ability to draw more than one homerun from a single circuit. This would be nice in cases where the circuit is complex, such as lighting circuits, or when there are more than one copy of a floor plan on one drawing. If this suggestion is heeded, it would be nice to be able to identify the multiple-instance homeruns differently from the single-instance homeruns. My firm has historically done this by following the panel-space callout with an asterisk. This could also be done by using a 'hollow' arrowhead to indicate that more than one exists for that circuit.

      • donw commented  · 

        I second the need for emergency fixture wiring capability. Often, fluorescent fixtures will have two ballasts, and one will be used for emergency lighting fed by a different circuit - often, a generator. The generator circuit needs to be shown in separate conduit per the NEC. Tickmarks are another issue that would need to be addressed.

      • Zach Rohlfs commented  · 

        I would like to echo Gary's comments. I placed my vote here specifically because I took it to me being able to draw multiple home runs from the same circuit, specifically for something like an emergency exit or lighting circuit.

      • Gary commented  · 

        I took this to mean multiple homereun arrows. THere are many times where you may be working a floor in model view which ends up being mulitple sheet layouts. Circuits that supply equipment or devices in these sheet views are hard to track if the homerun arrow can only be shown in one sheet. Example-All exit signs in the building may be on one circuit but shown over four sheets. using the normal circuiting idea this ends up with long loops that seem to go nowhere.

      • AdminDavid Robison (President, Design Master Software) commented  · 

        Richard--to clarify, is this for a combined homerun, or a single homerun?

        If it is a combined homerun, DM has this option. Go to DM Electrical->Circuiting and Homeruns->Set Circuiting Options. Change the "Share Neutrals on Combined Homeruns" option to "No." This will give you a neutral for each circuit.

        If this is a single homerun for a 2 or 3-pole circuit where you want 2 or 3 neutrals wires, that is not something we can do (or a request that has been previously made).

      • Richard D commented  · 

        More and more engineers are requiring seperate neutrals for each "hot" conductor. It would be nice if DM would have an option to do this.

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