So I made this shape using guides, shapes, and connecting all the lines with the Penn tool. This is what it looks like

Shape Now because I used the pen tool not all the lines are connected, ex: Broken

Because of this some of the corners are messed up, here is what they should look like Good Connected

But some of them look like this because the lines are not one shape Broekn Connection

I can't seem to get the "join" function to work when I select two of the points. Is there a good way to join the points together to make them one pen path or shape??

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    Expand first, then join. Do not expand stroke. Use the paintbucket to fill areas.
    – Webster
    Oct 5, 2017 at 17:31
  • @Webster thanks I’ll give that a try, I want to keep the wireframe effect and not fill but thanks!
    – CTOverton
    Oct 5, 2017 at 17:32
  • @Webster I expanded the shape but in the cases of the corners it still won't join them because they are not "endpoints" and when I convert the whole thing to a shape it gets like 4 out of 7
    – CTOverton
    Oct 5, 2017 at 17:47
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    I'm sorry, make sure stroke is set to corners, expand (not stroke) then use pathfinder "Unite". That should join them.
    – Webster
    Oct 5, 2017 at 20:35

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Anchor points in Illustrator have a maximum of two connectors. That is essentially an "in" path and an "out" path. No anchor point can ever have more than 2 paths connected to it. You can't Join three paths to one anchor point. It's not possible.

With the above in mind, you can never Join anchors if there are more than 2 paths.Join works to take an anchor point with one path and join it to another anchor point with one path, resulting in a single anchor point with two paths.

Often for multiple anchors a better solution is to select both anchors and Average them Object > Path > Average and tick the Both option, to get multiple anchors to perfectly align. They won't be "joined" but they will be positioned precisely in the same location appearing as if they are one anchor even though they aren't. This is most often what I use when I need multiple anchors to be precisely positioned.

You may also get better results by switching to Outline mode (Window > Outline) and ensuring the two anchors are aligned.

Or rethink how shapes are built......

You can round corners as in this question: Problem aligning overlapping corner points in Illustrator

Or you can draw the outer shape, then add internal divisions as separate paths, as in this question: How to join two overlapping non-end points that belong to two paths?

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