When adding devices to your drawing in AutoCAD MEP its becomes very daunting to constantly go back and tag everything so here is a quick outline on how to quickly add property sets to your devices.
NOTE: All of your AutoCAD MEP devices are stored in the MEP Content folder located here C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\MEP 2013\enu\MEPContent\
- USI= Imperial
- USM= Metric
Please be aware that any changes made to the receptacles in the tool palette will be saved in the Autodesk MEP Content folder you will lose your custom content if you were to reinstall, reset or repair your software. See my blog on saving your custom content before reinstalling or repairing your software: http://blogs.rand.com/support/2012/06/clean-uninstall-steps.html
Inside your software open your tool palette. Find the device that you want to customize and right click on it > select copy. Right click again > select paste. Right click again and rename the device.
Go to your device > right click on it and click on Properties.
In the device properties you can modify everything you are seeing, if you are not sure of what each of these items are for your HELP menu covers them. You simply just need to click on the Help button at the bottom of the Tool Properties dialog box to read more about each property and what they do.
For this demonstration I am going to add a tag to my duplex so that I can always have my device tagged when I bring it into a drawing. In the Tag section >click on the “Tag Location” drop down and click Browse.. you will navigate to the custom tag file or to the out of box tags which is located in the
Imperial, Metric or Global folder C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\MEP 2013\enu\Styles\Imperial.
NOTE: if you are not sure where the tag is located as long as it’s on the tool palette you will be able to select on the tag or label> right click > and select on properties to view its saved location.
Once you specify the tag location you can now select which tag your device will use from the Insert tag drop down.
To test add a device to a drawing. Notice that your tag comes in but it might be off or over lapping your device. You will need to go back into the properties of the device and specify where you want that tag to insert at.
Back into the device properties dialog box, scroll down to the Tag section then to Location. You can constrain the tag to the object in case it gets moved. You can have the tag rotate with the object and then the Insertion points for the X and Y from the object. You can indicate any position that you want it to be located at.
Open a new drawing and try placing your device, make sure it looks correct and you’re now good to go.