They don’t make them like they used to, do they?...
In recent work on the curbside wall of my ‘57 Westerner, I ran across two studs that showed the quality of how they used to build them. (sarcasm implied)
I replaced the stud to the left of the window opening as well as the door hinge stud.
The bottom of the stud near the window was curved, but they used it anyway.
Image shows the curvature at the bottom of the stud.
Then, the door hinge stud had been sanded at the top to reduce the thickness.
Here’s the door hinge stud with an earlier temporary repair at the bottom. I would later replace both halves to a completely new stud running from top to bottom.
Note the lighter wood at the top of the stud. That was sanded to thin the lumber.
Now turned 90 degrees. You can see how much they sanded it down. The post had been curved towards the camera.
I pressed the board up against a 4 x 4 carport support at my house and this is just another view.
Yep, they don't’ make them like they used to.
In the scheme of things, They made it work and the stresses on these trailers are so distributed by the time they are completely built, the studs still did their job. I would never have used them, but that's just me and I don't have a bottom line to meet.
Pix of the replaced studs will be shared in the future in my restoration thread.
Last Edit: Sept 18, 2023 3:27:08 GMT -8 by Teachndad
"I get that queasy how in the hell will this thing ever go back together feeling.” - PT
Hey there Rod! Good to see your Westerner is still being poked and prodded back into its new life! I hear ya about the way these old things were built, but are somehow still viable. Its hard to believe sometimes! Now you see why even tho I took great pains to put mine back together exactly as it was originally, some things, like the door or a cabinet still had to be jiggered to fit somehow. Usually sanding or shimming or using trim in a clever way did the trick. I ended up rebuilding mine so much stronger, which I hope means she'll be around a good long time. Good luck to you! Can't wait to see her all spit shiny new again!
Post by ruderunner on Sept 23, 2023 4:58:35 GMT -8
Let's not get too down on the original builders. Boards do warp and there's no telling how straight that board was or wasn't.
Having done some home construction back in the day, a good framer can make some seriously bent boards work fine. Applying the correct forces and bracing does wonders. Some guys have the ability to look at the grain and predict which way it will warp.
70 years and untold exposure to humidity and they still hold up.