Well folks, it's therapy time. I was putting in base boards in my
house. There must be 12 bull nose corners to be done. I set the first
one, the rounded prefab 90 degree outside corner type, and it went
well. The second one did not go so well. Nails were coming out
everywhere, the corners were moving... not lining up. I lost it. One of
those tool throwing moments, however, tools are expensive, and so I
refrained. Just as I was reaching for the cat my wife stepped in and
gave me a verbal smack to the head. I'm now recovering from the lowest
points in a mans life. When he has to call a proffesional to do the
work. I'm reaching out to all you "do it yourselfers", you "woodworking
gods", to give me some words of encouragement. Something positive.
You can salvage a positive by looking over the professional's shoulder,
asking questions, and learning what you did wrong. Also, take some comfort
in the fact that most of us have been there.
Well, some of us.
Okay, a few of us.
Alright, just you and me.
Convince your wife that ALL professionals do a trial fit.
Construction adhesive is your friend.
If all else fails nail the baseboard in place and get some of the
little prefab corner blocks to trim the corners.
These are in the 'if you can cut more or less square you too can do all
your interior trim' dept of the big home improvement stores.
I feel for you!
Base is a real pain around those round corners but crown is even
worse! Keep at it. After the 12th one, you'll be pretty good at it.
I'm sure this is no help now but did you know that they make a plastic
square corner that's about 6" tall that solves the problem...? The
sheet rock guys install the bottom square piece and then the round
corner sits on top of it. They are manufactured to fit together and
the whole purpose is to give a square corner for the base board and
still have the round corner up the rest of the wall.
Sat, Sep 17, 2005, 5:11pm (EDT-3) firstname.lastname@example.org (rickluce)
does appeal to the mercy of his peers:
<snip> I'm reaching out to all you "do it yourselfers", you "woodworking
gods", to give me some words of encouragement. Something positive. Thank
That's Woodworking Gods, with caps. And, they're still snickering.
If it ain't broke - fix it 'til it is.
Sometimes we DIY types forget that NO ONE does everything well... that's why
there are professionals... for the things that we either don't enjoy doing or
are not our thing...
Reflect on a few things that you HAVE done well recently and pay someone to do
the baseboard... they'll do it in a lot less time than you will, and your wife
can't dog you about the quality of the job or the mess you made.. *g*
Bottom line: Don't take life too seriously, you're not going to get out of it
Please remove splinters before emailing
No, Mac. That's why there is paintable caulk, sold in contractor 12-packs.
If my wife gets wind of the fact that I can't do everything, how will I
justify buying more tools? ;-)
Besides, the bar is set pretty low. I only have to be better than the
folks on the DIY shows. Even though she knows they are, for the most part,
pretenders, on a deadline, with editors.
But you're right about one thing. Pick your battles wisely.
remembering what JOAT's title comes from
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