To get started working with MEP Hangers, you will need configuration files and our sample project. You can find both on the MEP Hangers e-help page (in metric and imperial units). Download the ‘Template Configurations’ file and a sample project for your preferred Revit version.
Linking Configuration Files
Let’s use metric version as an example (steps for imperial are the same). Place the downloaded ‘Template Configurations_Metric.zip’ file to a folder where you prefer to keep your configuration files. Extract the compressed ZIP file to a folder. You can remove the ZIP file afterwards.
In MEP Hangers toolbar, go to ‘Settings’ -> ‘Configuration Files’ Location’.
In the next window, specify a folder location in second or following lines and click “Save”. Make sure it is the extracted folder. All configurations are now available to use but for them to work you will need families of hangers and supports.
Loading Families of Hangers and Supports
There are two ways to load families of hangers and supports into your project.
Save and Load
One way is open the sample project and save all families from it. To do that, locate ‘Families’ in the Project Browser, right-click and hit ‘Save’. Specify a folder to save the families.
Revit families of complete hangers and supports have names that begin with ‘Hanger_’. Select these families and load them into your project. The quickest way is to drag-and-drop the whole selection into your Revit window.
You now all the families of hangers and supports loaded into your project.
Keep in mind that some additional components (such as bolts, hex nuts, anchor, clamps, etc.) are uploaded to the project alongside the main hanger families. Deleting these components from the Project Browser might affect the appearance and features of main families.
Predefine Template Project Location
The other way to load families of hangers and supports is to use ‘Template Project Location’.
Extract the ZIP file of the sample project and specify the Revit file in the ‘Template Project Location’ window.
From now on, when you use the ‘Insert Hanger’ command, software will look what hanger families are missing in your configurations for the selected category of MEP element and will load these families from the specified project.
The downside is that not every hanger family in used in the sample configurations, meaning that not the whole library of hangers and supports is loaded in. But this ‘Template Project Location’ approach can be used to set up a shared library to be used by a company.
If you make modification to your Revit families of hangers and supports, it’s a good idea to set the Template Project Location to ‘None’. Otherwise, your changes with be overwritten by unmodified families being loaded from the sample project.