Making Changes: Don't Modify the Shared Parameters

In our add-in, you want to make changes to the model using the Panel Edit, Circuit Edit, and Instance Edit commands.

You do not want to make changes to the shared parameters that are used by the software, either through the Properties window, Schedules, or Panel Schedules. Those values are used only for output purposes. They are not used for input. The add-in will overwrite any changes you make to those values the next time an update happens.

The built-in circuit Rating value for electrical systems is also controlled by our add-in. Previously, to change a breaker size, you would set it in the panel schedule and that would stick. That does not work using our add-in. Instead, you need to change the value that controls the breaker size. For feeders, use the Panel Edit command to change the overcurrent protection value for the distribution equipment. For branch circuits, use the Circuit Edit command to change the size of a breaker. You can also use the Instance Edit and Family Edit commands to set breaker sizing values for mechanical equipment and motors.

The build-in circuit description value for electrical systems is also controlled by our add-in. The Circuit Descriptions section describes how to change the description. Do not try to change it in the panel schedule. Your changes will be overwritten if you do.


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