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17 November 2015 @ 06:33 pm
130 Year Old Houses MUST Be Hip, Because They Sure Ain't Square!  
How about something non-political for a change?

I spent last weekend while Brenda​ was at WindyCon putting up the hardibacker (again) in her bathroom preparatory to replacing the tile. 2 of 3 walls look fine, but the wall at the faucet end has the exact right spacing on the critical corner (where the wrap-around tile has to match up with the existing tile on the facing wall as well as the tile on the upper border has to match up with the rest of the main wall), but as it reaches the inside corner it cuts rather severely (almost 1/4") behind the existing main wall. That will make the tile at that upper border at that corner unable to rest properly on the existing wall.

Cursing silently (OK, you got me, not silently), I fetched the framing square to check the wall I'd put in. Again. For the umpty-umph time.

Sure enough, that wall is square. Completely square. Perfectly so, if I do say so myself.

The existing wall I'm trying to match to ... well, not so much ...

So now I have a dilemma. Do I un-square the new wall (using layers of hardiboard and grinding them down in some semblance of a smooth angle)? Or do I pull down the plastic cover on the existing wall and grind the (hard as rock) plaster down to make it square. Ish. ?

Both of which will be extremely messy, very hard to get right, and - oh, yeah - have to get done by next Wednesday. As in, the day before Thanksgiving.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Alanpatoadam on November 18th, 2015 02:21 am (UTC)
msminlrmsminlr on November 19th, 2015 01:37 pm (UTC)
Writer-of-historical-fiction Janice Holt Giles wrote a memoir of her first years in a house about the same age as yours, that she and her husband moved into when they married right after WWII.

She referred to the construction style of the house as "a little better than plumb".