# distance along an angled line

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## distance along an angled line

 So, I'm making a drawing where most of my measurements are either horizontal or vertical.  Then I connect the ends of two horiZontal lines which generates a slanted line.  Total length of the slanted line is 120 inches.  I need to identify a point which is 80 inches from the end.   By trial and error I can find that point with the info, distance point to point.  But, even then, it provides no way to mark the point.   I could do trial and error with aligned dimension, but that is really messy.  I suspect there is a better way but I can't find it. Hints? Aaaaand, on an unrelated except by ignorance subject - What does the little green hand, bottom - center, do? I appreciate your patience. -----Paul-----
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## Re: distance along an angled line

 pwright2 wrote I need to identify a point which is 80 inches from the end.   By trial and error I can find that point with the info, distance point to point.  But, even then, it provides no way to mark the point.   I could do trial and error with aligned dimension, but that is really messy.  I suspect there is a better way but I can't find it. You are trying to solve a problem of descriptive geometry From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circle : "A circle is a simple shape of Euclidean geometry that is the set of all points in a plane that are a given distance from a given point, the centre. The distance between any of the points and the centre is called the radius." Generic solution (works with all CAD programs): Draw a circle with radius 80 inches from the end, the intersection point from circle and line is the one you are looking for. LC solution: Use generic solution or simply activate "snap->snap distance"
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## Re: distance along an angled line

 In reply to this post by pwright2 Hi Paul, as Rallaz says you can use the method of drawing a circle with centre and Radius to suit your needs - in your case centre point at the correct end of your slanted line and the radius set to 80, where the circle(arc) cuts the line will be the determined length of 80! Using the Snap distance would be the way to go and if you set up new layers for different things it will help you in your drafting. 1. Set up new layer - Construction with a thin line weight and a different colour. 2. Working on layer ' Construction' set on snap options - 'Snap on Endpoints' and 'Snap Distance', set the distance required (80). 3. Choose the Line tool (Line with 2 points) - first snap to the end you want and then by moving the crosshairs about you will find that you will snap to the distance you want. * Now you can either keep this layer on and work from there or what I normally do in something like this is to use the point tool and place a point at my needed distance (80) and use this as a reference point. When you are done you can simply turn off the layer 'Construction' and turn it back on when needed.