Just a tad off

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18 Responses to Just a tad off

  1. Wayne K Wilson says:

    One of them messican built houses. You got cheap labor.

  2. Mike_C says:

    Don’t oppress me with your white Christian male cis-het-normative “right isosceles triangle”. The word “right” triggers me. Plus geometry was invented by a Bantu genius four thousand years ago, living in what is now called Ghana, and NOT by some dead white men in Greece, so don’t be calling it “isosceles”. Either that, or the Greeks WERE Blacks. Probably both.

    I have it on the august authority of the British Broadcast Corporation that Achilles and Aeneas of Trojan War fame were Black. Plus, so is Zeus. And Athena is some sort of mystery meat herself. (I guess that rules out the translation of “grey-eyed” for her epithet of Glaukopis, doesn’t it?)


  3. DaveP says:

    When my family moved to the South, the first house we lived in was like that: not a square angle or a level surface in the whole house. Everything was a little off. Drove my father batty.

    • crazyeighter says:

      The house I’m living in was moved by my late ex father-in-law about 30 miles (as the crow flies) from South Memphis to “out in the county” in 1964 in two pieces, then reassembled and renovated. Between that, his “carpentry” have produced much the same situation.

      Loved the man dearly but he had some strange ideas about electricity. And plumbing…

      • Padawan says:

        My grandparent’s house was built sometime around the start of the Great Depression. When it got to the point my uncle had to start caring for the house we’d often look at each other and ask how the fuck the house hadn’t burned down before that. Or flooded. Or blew up.

      • Larry says:

        South Memphis is no place for any good person to be. A whole lot of Memphis is a pit.

  4. Bright Eyes says:

    1/2″ for every 6″ house must look like a parallelogram. I’d dare say that just would not look, Right.

  5. whynot says:

    Thats what they make moulding and caulk for……

  6. Arc says:

    Pretty much everything I build is little off, partly for lack of basic tools, partly do to be not having the patience to use some ultra basic tools patiently.

    A hand saw will never cut perfectly straight. GRRR
    Usually start off measuring as close as I can but after a while stuff is just “within tolerances” and I “fit” each additional board.

    • Sanders says:

      Everything I build out of wood is off. But I can weld like a son-of-a-gun, and it will be straight.

      Go figure?

  7. Cavguy says:

    Get what you pay for, or Harry the home owner. But I repeat myself

  8. ZombieDawg says:

    That’ll look good compared to what graduates of your common core education system will turn out…and to think I can eyeball a 0.5mm difference in cutter tooth lengths on a chainsaw…

  9. Sawed Off Bastard says:

    Look up the Trapezium house in Petersburg VA

  10. BrassG says:

    That is very common among modern tract builders. In 2006 we had a home built by Lennar. After initial framing, I walked through with a roll of dayglo dot stickers and it looked like a Christmas tree when I was done. I sent a six-page punch list to the super and said if he couldn’t do any better than that, I’d cancel the contract the following week. It did get a little better, but still not up to commercial construction standards. Not surprising, when you consider the average sub for tract builders is a Mexican peasant with a third grade education.

  11. Ohio Guy says:

    My old house was built in 1898. It’s not that badly out of square but 1/4″ to 3/8″ for a 12 foot room. It is solid and the framing wood used was hardwood, not pine. When I remodeled the kitchen and bath, I had to predrill anywhere a nail or screw had to go. Hard stuff I say.

  12. Sanders says:

    Looks like the same dude who built my house, built that one.

  13. WestcoastDeplorable says:

    First time I encountered “Alabama engineering” was in a stay at a motel in Montgomery. I about scalded myself due to the hot and cold water being reversed!

  14. FrankP says:

    Speed Square. Incredible tool if you use it first.

    Irritating device if you use it after the fact (as in the picture).

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