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LotAdjuster 3.6 (Updated May 23, 2013)

by Mootilda Posted 3rd Jan 2010 at 2:07 PM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 4:09 PM by Nysha
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LotAdjuster 3.6

This new version of the LotAdjuster has all of the features of version 2.x, but allows you to adjust the size of the lot in lot-sized tiles, rather than neighborhood-sized tiles. As well, you can now add to one side and subtract from the other, effectively shifting things on your lot. This gives you complete control over the position of the building on your lot.

By specifying your adjustments in smaller increments, you gain a lot of flexibility in placing your house optimally on your lot. However, lots must still be sized in multiples of 10 lot-sized tiles. This is a restriction set by EA, since the game cannot correctly handle lots which are not sized in neighborhood-sized tiles.

Version 3.6 adds several new features. You can now choose to remove all furnishings from a lot, change a lot to or from a beach lot, or make a lot hidden or visible. The first option can also be used to keep the furniture on a lot when your sims move out; just uncheck the Remove Furniture option (if the option is not checked, the furniture cannot be salvaged).

There is a known problem where lots with custom terrain paints will turn blue if the custom terrain paints are not installed into your Downloads folder. The LotAdjuster now has a new option to remove unused terrain paints from a lot, which can solve this problem with previously-unfixable blue terrain on your lot.

There is a known problem where sometimes your lot will be changed to a beach terrain because it is too low or too close to the beach. The LotAdjuster now has a new option to override the lot terrain with the default terrain for the neighborhood. With this option, your beach terrain will be changed back to the expected terrain. This will fix both the lot terrain itself, and also the view of the neighborhood terrain from the lot.

For more information about what's changed, please see the release history.

LotAdjuster 2.x
The LotAdjuster version 2.x, which adjusts in neighborhood-sized tiles, will remain available. It's a bit easier to use, but provides less flexibility:

Future enhancements will only be added to 3.x and will not be applied to 2.x.

The LotAdjuster allows you to modify a "Sims 2" lot in a variety of ways, including:
- Enlarge a lot up to a size of 60 x 60 lot-sized tiles, which is the EA-imposed TS2 limit.
- Enlarge a lot over the road; allow building on both sides of the road.
- Shrink a lot; allow building to within one tile of the edge of a lot; create pseudo rowhouses.
- Shift a building on a lot by expanding one side and shrinking the other.
- Move a lot within a neighborhood; move a lot away from the road.
- Add and remove roads; create a roadless lot; create a lot with multiple roads: corner lot, alleyway, service road, square.
- Unlock tiles on a lot.
- Fix vehicle and pedestrian portal locations, as well as the location of the mailbox, trash can, and phone booth.
- Fix the edges of a lot: smooth, flatten, or match neighborhood terrain.
- Fix crashing beach lots. See this link for further details:

This version of the LotAdjuster works with all expansion and stuff packs, up to and including The Sims 2 Mansion & Garden Stuff.

The LotAdjuster is the successor to the LotExpander:

- The LotAdjuster is released under the GNU General Public License.
- The program uses some DLLs from SimPE; they are included in the zip file.
- You need the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0:

To install, just download and unzip it. Run the EXE from the unzipped location. This is "alpha" software and is still in development; it is not guaranteed to work and may corrupt your lot. Be sure to backup your game before using this tool.

I have included the source code for version 3.6 in There is no need to download this file unless you are a C# programmer who wishes to look at or modify the code.

I left a previous version ( available, in case there are any unforeseen problems. There is no need to download this file.

Running under OS/X:
Please read this thread for information about running the LotAdjuster under OS/X:

At this time, there are no instructions available for the LotAdjuster; hopefully, some will be available soon. In the interim, please see the LotExpander instructions and substitute "LotAdjuster" for "LotExpander". The screenshots will be different than the LotAdjuster, but the basic method is the same.

Note that tiles are now specified as lot-sized tiles, rather than neighborhood-sized tiles. There are 10 lot-tiles in each neighborhood-tile.

Please be sure to backup before you use the LotAdjuster and keep your backup until you are sure that everything worked as expected. If something goes wrong, restore from your backup. Without a backup, you may not be able to fix any problems that you have.

Advanced options are changed by clicking the "Advanced" button on the lot information screen. Options in this category are more likely to require special handling. Be sure to test your lot thoroughly before sharing it.

If you have any problems with the new LotAdjuster, or if you have suggestions that you would like to see implemented, please let me know.

LotExpander Tutorial:

Known Issues:

LotExpander Error and Warning Messages.
LotAdjuster messages may be different:

Recovering from Problems:

Research Thread: General discussion about modding lots:

Release History:

To-Do List:


How to Help:
1) The LotAdjuster is a general purpose tool with a wide range of applications. We need tutorials on how to use the various features to create special types of lots. If you create a tutorial which is relevant, please post a link to your tutorial and I will include it here. Some of my thoughts on tutorials which might be helpful:

Useful Links:

Additional Credits:
This program is derived from the LotExpander, which was designed and developed by Andi8104. Without his work, the LotAdjuster would not exist.

Thank you to all of the people who helped to make this tool a reality, including aelflaed, baratron, ebonyspiral, GeneralOperationsDirector, ikbod, Inge Jones, ingeli, J. M. Pescado, KariMinger, ladykatsim, Mutantbunny, niol, plasticbox, pljones, Quaxi, and Rascal.

I'm sure that I've forgotten some people, since so many people have helped with the development of this program. If you know of someone who's been missed, it was not intentional. Please let me know and I'll add them to the list.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date | Previous version V3.5 - no need to download

Size: 812.9 KB · Downloads: 2,048 · 13th Jan 2010
812.9 KB 2,048 13th Jan 2010 | C# source code V3.6 - for programmers only

Size: 203.0 KB · Downloads: 2,310 · 13th Jan 2010
203.0 KB 2,310 13th Jan 2010 | Current version of the LotAdjuster V3.6

Size: 822.6 KB · Downloads: 31,193 · 13th Jan 2010
822.6 KB 31,193 13th Jan 2010
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Test Subject
#376 Old 6th Jul 2015 at 2:27 PM
R.I.P Dear Mootilda
Test Subject
#377 Old 11th Aug 2015 at 9:20 AM
Does this work with TS2 Ultimate Collection? Thank you
The Great AntiJen
retired moderator
#378 Old 11th Aug 2015 at 9:15 PM
Originally Posted by ceal77
Does this work with TS2 Ultimate Collection? Thank you

Yes, it does AFAIK - all Moo's utilities seem to work with the UC.

I no longer come over to MTS very often but if you would like to ask me a question then you can find me on tumblr or my own site tflc. TFLC has an archive of all my CC downloads.
I'm here on tumblr and my site, tflc
Test Subject
#379 Old 12th Aug 2015 at 10:48 PM
Originally Posted by maxon
Yes, it does AFAIK - all Moo's utilities seem to work with the UC.

Thanks for answering She gave us a big legacy.
#380 Old 22nd Aug 2015 at 8:45 PM
What an extra super program ! A lot crossing the road ? I'm dreaming !
Why haven't I seen that wonder sooner ? I would have been able to thank you.
We'll miss you...
Test Subject
#381 Old 9th Dec 2015 at 3:07 AM
Hi! I have downloaded and installed LotAdjuster. when I run the exe then click START i Get a error message

Idk if this thread is still active or not..but If anyone could help me I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks
Test Subject
#382 Old 20th Dec 2015 at 7:16 AM
KiwiKatie, I'm having the same problem.

Found here:

"When I extract all the files from the zip, I'm not getting those files named netdocks.dll, or simpe.package.dll. The only one ending with .dll that i can extract is XPcommoncontrols.dll, even though i can see in my "preview" of the zip that it does contain those other ones too. Do they disappear when I extract and go hide somewhere in the deep dark confines of the hard drive, or what's the matter?"

And when I go to the zip and re-extract the file, it shows up for a second...then disappears again.

Maybe my antivirus is nuking it?


Yes, temporarily disabling Norton's Auto-Protect let me extract the whole thing and start the program. And reenabling Auto-Protect doesn't seem to have deleted the file. Let's hope it keeps working now!

ETA: Auto-Protect has to be disabled for the program to work.
Test Subject
#383 Old 30th Mar 2016 at 2:36 AM
rest in peace mootilda and thanks a lot @joandsarah77 for showing me this programm, its like having a new sp
Top Secret Researcher
#384 Old 5th Jun 2016 at 8:31 AM
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#385 Old 16th Jul 2016 at 1:52 PM Last edited by ousmeo : 19th Jul 2016 at 8:17 PM.
Thanks! use it all the time.
Test Subject
#386 Old 6th Sep 2016 at 12:20 AM
We won't ever forget the Great and Awesome Mootilda!!!
Lab Assistant
#387 Old 27th Jan 2018 at 4:46 AM
Thank you, Moo. For everything you helped me learn over the years. Even when you didn't know you were doing so. You helped so many simmers and we miss you dearly.
#388 Old 22nd Sep 2019 at 3:03 PM
Thanks for your amazing tool. It's really helped me with a lot of my uploads.

R.I.P. Mootilda
Test Subject
#389 Old 22nd Sep 2020 at 1:42 AM
Useful tool, a must-have!
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#390 Old 26th Feb 2021 at 11:14 PM
Thank you very much!
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