Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Challenge

Alright. This is a challenge for anyone that can help. My bet is that it will be Dick, considering he's a construction genius. But hey, I think some of my other readers might be too.

So here's a picture of the section of our bedroom I've been avoiding like the plague:



The wall angles aren't the easy 90 degree angles that Scout and I have conquered like professional contractors. Instead, it's about 120-ish(?) degrees. We've been cutting different angles, trying everything to make the corners match. It hasn't happened yet. And I don't want to hear anything about miter saws. I have a circular saw that works just fine, thank you. So if you have any ideas, or even better, you KNOW the solution to this problem, please let me know. I will be forever indebted to you.

10 comments:

Mark said...

If it's 120ish, try two test pieces cut at opposing sixty degree angles. Adjust accordingly until you get the angle perfect. Then you can cut the real ones. An angle divider should help, and they are cheap enough at your local hardware store.

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And I know you don't want to hear it but a miter box will make this a hell of a lot easier...

Dick said...

Home Depot or Lowe's sells inexpensive manual miter box saws. 12$ to 15$.

Ever heard the term "fuck it in"?
That's what you're gonna have to do here.
Mark's answer is in line perfectly.

Dick said...

Oh, and Mark does this for a living.
I'd trust him.

Mark said...

I forgot about the manual miter box saw. And one of my biggest bitches about that bastard Norm Abrams is that he never shows homeowners alternative methods of working without high-falutin' woodworking tools!

Fuck it in! LOL But so true.

"Mark's answer is in line perfectly."

Thanks, Dick, I certainly hope I'm on the right track, otherwise I've really pissed away the last 25 years!

If you ever have any other questions, Erin, and Dick is out beating trolls and terrorists senseless, feel free to give me a holler...

Erin said...

Thanks, guys. I was trying to avoid visiting Lowes for a third time this week, but I guess I'm going to have to suck it up and do it anyway.

But seriously, thank you. I was feeling pretty retarded.

Erin said...

BTW, Mark. Are you in Texas too?

Mark said...

No, California. Just North of what some of Dick's readers affectionately refer to as San Fagcisco...My sister lives in Austin so maybe I get some slack for that...

Got e-mail? kotgd@yahoo.com

Dick said...

Christ...
Easy, cut two pieces of trim which will overlap.
Place them against the wall in their proper places with one atop the other.
Mark with pencil and cut.
God I'm an idiot for not saying this the first time around.

Mark said...

Yeah, that'll work too. If the trim has an ornate profile use some flat stock to find the angle that way. And let us know how it comes out!

Mark said...

No, that won't work. The pencil line will represent twice the angle that you need. So you can't just cut those lines. You still have to bisect the angle.

After all my time in this business I should know better than to listen to novices without thinking it through first...