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Friday, November 18, 2005

Oh, Isn't it Pretty?

I love a good gaping maw, don't you?

Turns out the beadboard actually reaches to more like 9 feet, leaving a gap of 1 foot between it and the ceiling. This gap corresponds with the height of the slight ceiling slant on that side of the room. The slant is there because about 1 foot of the bathroom sticks out of the side of the house with a little half-gabled roof.

The POs - and possibly the PPOs - continued the slant across the room for continuity. The POs stopped it at the little cabinet/closet, but perhaps when the room was one long room instead of divided into a sink room and a tub/toilet room, the slant went the whole length. That would explain the gap at the top.

So, solutions. I guess we could reconstruct the slant all the way across the room when the wall between the two sections is demo'ed. It wouldn't affect anyone height-wise because it only comes down 1 foot, and we have no 9-foot-tall friends. Then we could leave the beadboard the way it is.

Or, since a few boards are damaged or have nail holes from the drywall, we could take it down a few feet and use the extra to replace the damaged pieces. But how are the boards attached to each other? I'm operating under the assumption that the tongue and groove just fits together, no nails. But are there nails?

Or, as John suggests, we could borrow some of the beadboard from the half-room in the attic to fill in the blanks.

Or, as Greg and others suggest, we could make a little frieze around the top of the room.

Whaddaya think?


John said...

Yes, there are nails in your beadboard (Lord, I hope there are).

Have you ever laid a tongue and grove floor? It's basically the same procedure except that you're going up the wall.

The groove edge of the board ought to be pointing toward the floor and the tongue edge toward the ceiling.

It may be hard to see since the top board is so close to the ceiling, but, if you look, there should be nails driven into the tongue edge of the board where the tongue meets the main base of the board. The nails should be driven in at 45 degree angle (more or less). This holds the top of the board in place next to the stud to support the next row of boards.

I hope that makes sense. I'm more of a visual person, so it's a little hard for me to describe. I'll post a rough sketch on the Devil Queen if you need clarification.

Hope that helps some.

11:44 AM  
Greg said...

Wow! Horizontal bead board is common. That is cool. I love learning new things about old construction.

My first inclination is to always put things back the way they were unless it just really does not work or would be absurdly expensive. If I were you I would wait until you get all the drywall off to decide what to do. You never no what you’re going to find. You may have more gaping maws in there that need to be dealt with.

12:54 PM  
derek said...

Lowering the ceiling to 9' for the whole room, since it's a small room would be a solution. When I used to work on high end houses with 12' ceilings, the powder rooms and smaller bathrooms would have lower ceilings, to give the rooms better proportions.

1:13 PM  
Lenise said...

I'm just glad it's high enough off the floor the cats shouldn't be able to climb around in there ;)

1:48 PM  
halloweenlover said...

Hmmm, I like putting in a slanted roof, I suppose. Or lowering it, if that isn't too difficult. What a pickle!

I love the new vocabulary in the prior post ; )

12:34 PM  

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