|Where we came from (2003)|
Huh. The new casing may be straight and level in itself, but that doesn't mean the floor is. I guess this would explain why the righthand jamb trim seemed to extend 1/4" too high with the original notch.
Why? Because Thursday something possessed me to decide that the lefthand face trim to the kitchen was about an eighth of an inch too tall. And I cut it down. And from the floor it looked fine, like it matched the portal trim perpendicular to it. But when I got up on the stepstool to check where the top of the righthand face trim was hitting, I discovered that now the trim on the left was, yes, an eighth of an inch too short.
Good reason to keep the light levels down in that hall . . .
So the baseboard is nailed up.
And then I got ambitious. Not excited or energetic or thrilled, just ambitious. Decided to see if I could put the lintels back up by myself. Turns out I could. Portal lintel up first, for the kitchen doorway lintel butts into it. But oh, boy, when I cut down that lefthand face trim I sure added to the already-full list of things to caulk. The lintel can't sit on it; since the lintel's height and level are determined by how the cornices come together. Clear caulk (touched up with shellac) is my only hope.
And you know how they say "Measure twice, cut once?" I did on the new chair rail that'll go to the right of the doorway to the front room. Made sure I had the cut on the correct side of the line, too. But for me, it should be, "Measure twice, cut once-- a sixteenth of an inch bigger than you think it needs to be." Because that's what I was lacking, that or a fuzz more, when I tried the cut piece in place.
Bugger. Right there at eye level. And sliding it away from the corner didn't look too good either. In this case I cut a sliver off the waste piece and glued it on. I'll touch it up and hopefully it won't be too obvious. If it's made the piece too long, I'll sand it down, no more saws for this. But the glue bottle says don't stress it for 24 hours, so I won't.
Should be really thrilled the major hallway trim is back up. It's looked like hell for years. The neighbors must have thought I was a real bum every time they glanced through my hallway window-- how pleased they will now be. I hope for a time when I will be very pleased, myself.