If the section is not exactly perpendicular (or parallel) to objects in the model you can encounter some very frustrating problems:
- You may not be able to dimension sectioned elements
- 2D Symbolic lines in families may not show up (eg. door swing in elevation)
- One thing to avoid is measuring an angle and then typing in the measured angle during the rotate process - it is never accurate enough, even if you use several decimal points. Revit is extremely fussy about this - even a difference in angle of 0.000001 degrees may be enough to play havoc with dimensions and symbolic lines.
- It is much more accurate to rotate by snapping start and end rotation points to the section to be rotated and some other reference element. The other problem you will encounter is an inability to snap to section lines.
WorkaroundThe trick here is two preparatory steps
- Create a reference plane snapped to the section tail end, and exactly parallel to the angled wall
- temporarily turn off the section markers at the ends of the section line - use the little cycle symbols et each end of the section. Then you can accurately snap to the section line when rotating.
To rotate the section:
- During the rotate command, snap the centre of rotation to the point where the reference plane and section tail end meet (they must meet exactly)
- Snap the start of the rotation to the section head end
- Snap the end of the rotation to the other end of the reference plane
The section should end up exactly perpendicular (or parallel) to objects in the model. Unfortunately the annotation on the section will have moved (much exaggerated in this example), so you may need to do some tidy up, and replacement of dimensions.
- Don't forget to turn the section head/tail marker back on.
You should now be able to dimension to sectioned elements, and the 2D symbolic lines in families should now be visible.
It is your call as to whether it is worth rotating the section line or just create a new section - it all depends on how much annotation there is, and how often the section has been referenced in other views.
Once you have the section oriented exactly right, you surely don't want to lose it, so most likely you will pin it in place. Revit is very annoying in that you cannot change the 2D extents of a pinned section (as you can with datums like grids). Wouldn't it be nice to be able to pin a rotated section and have it never move again, but still be able to adjust its 2D extents per view, without unpinning it. If you would like that, please go to the Revit Ideas forum and vote for 'Allow us to change 2D extents of pinned sections'
[Edit: Now we have a new way to do this in Revit 2019.1, which has an 'Align Section' functionality, using the existing 'Align' command. ]