Scale factors, drawing units, and paper size

I'm new to AutoCAD LT 2012. And I've been tasked to draw a floor plan
in two weeks. I'm trying to find tutorials that deal with the issues
as quickly as possible, but I'm having difficulty. It's not so much
the actual drawing that's presenting a problem. It's how to get a
boarder on it and still be able key in the lengths in the units I
want. I can fit the drawing to the D size plot that I want. And I set
my drawing units to inches. But in the layout, when I draw a line that
extends from one boarder to another, I measure 1'10". But I'd like it
to measure a distance of about 100 feet. How do I get all that to fit
together? I'm not sure what size paper the template boarder is
assuming. Does it matter when you fit the drawing to the paper size?
Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Basically, with any version of autocad you set the units in model space and you do your drawings in a 1:1 scale. Then, in paper space, you choose the paper size and rescale your viewports so that it renders your drawing in whatever scale you wish them to be printed with.
Hope this helps, Rui Maciel
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Rui Maciel
Previous got cut off. I'll come back when it gets posted to the group. At least I think it crashed.
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Draw in Model Space at full size. AutoCAD doesn't care if it's miles long or inches long. You will actually be drawing in a default Viewport, although you can't see any border to it.
In Paper Space, insert the border drawing you wish to use, then enter the Viewport to scale what you have drawn. Scale the drawing to fit the viewport. If you want someone to use a scale rule on the resulting drawing then your scaling will need to be appropriate, but it is not recommended. Those using a drawing should work to the dimensions given!
To learn about Model Space, Paper Space and Viewports you will have to do some reading of the Help files and/or a book on AutoCAD.
Best of luck!
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Easiest way for you to get going would be, in Model Space:
1. Know what scale you want to plot at. 2. Assuming 1/4" = 1' then draw a rectangle 144' x 96'. i.e. 4 times the size of D size paper 3. Draw another rectangle inside of this rectangle which will be your Border. Something like 138' x 90' 4. Draw your floor plan inside of this 5. Start PLOT and chose Window which you then pick the outside corners of the big rectangle. 6. Set Scale to 1/4" = 1' and you should get a 1/4" scale plot for the D size paper.
This is really not the way you want to plot for the long term but should give you a quick output.
Charles Shade
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