How To Use Stretch With an Angle

I have previously explained how to use the STRETCH command (found here). But all of the examples that I used were orthogonal (horizontal/vertical). And that’s not how the real world works – we work with angled drawings and components all of the time. So here’s how you can use it at any angle.

The beauty of the stretch command is that you move what is with the window and stretch what the window crosses (as explained in the previous post). The trick with dealing with angles is keeping that angle at the specified angle. To do this with the STRETCH command you need to have a reference.

There are other ways to achieve this, here are my suggestions: After specifying the base point, use either the NEAREST (NEA) temporary OSNAP or the EXTENSION (EXT) temporary OSNAP. This can be done by either entering the 3-letters in the middle of the command or Shift-Right-click in the middle of the command.
Note: the EXTENSION osnap needs a reference – once the osnap is active, hover over the end point of the line until you see the reference line appear.

Here’s how:

  • STRETCH <enter> to start
  • Make the selection set (refer to the other post)
  • Specify the base point
  • Turn on the temporary OSNAP (NEA or EXT)
  • Specify the distance for the stretch <enter>

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