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I dig my way to a small pool and flood an area to use as a farm. Now I'm told I want to wall it up before it rains and floods my fortress. I build a wall, but the dude who comes and builds it gets trapped on the wrong side of the wall. What can I do to avoid this?

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Build(b->C->w) a wall on the side you don't want your dwarves trapped on, but suspend the construction before it's built(q->s). Then when the original wall is done, cancel the suspended wall(q->x).

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Or, do as I actually did and just remove and rebuild the wall until the guy ends up on the right side... – Seamus Aug 9 '10 at 10:57

the other approach is to plan your wall placements according to work orders. Your dwarfs will always want to stand next to the wall in this order: Top, Left, Right, Bottom. So. Build your top left walls first. all the other walls will be built from the inside the way you would hope.

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