Fig. 48. - An Outside Corner.
Fig. 49. - Section of a Corner, Indicating a Better Method of Construction than shown in Previous Figure.
It is customary, nowadays, to make the outside corners of many buildings by simply doubling and spiking two studding together, as shown by section in Fig. 48. By this method there is nothing to receive the lath from one side, and as soon as the lathers begin work, the carpenter is called upon either to put in another studding or the lather puts in anything he can find to which to nail the lath. In many instances it is nothing more than a double thickness of lath nailed up and down the corner. This does not make a solid corner, and as a consequence the plastering soon cracks, even before the carpenter is through finishing. It is almost impossible to put down the base in a house constructed with such corners without cracking them, simply because they are not solid. Fig. 49 shows a section of a corner which is a much better method of construction, and one which makes a solid corner. The corner is made of three studding, A, B, C, spiked together as shown. D is an open space between A and B, which may be filled in with blocks. Corners constructed in this way make solid nailing for the lath and base from both sides. Figs. 50 and 51 show two forms for making solid corners for partition angles by using three studding.
Fig 50. Method of Making Solid Corners for Partition Angle.
Fig. 51. - Another Method of Making Solid Corners.
If it is desired to save studding a board can be nailed to the back of studding C, which will often answer the purpose. It is a very common thing for carpenters in setting partitions to place the studding joining another partition half an inch away from it, so that the lather may run the lath through back of the partition studding, as shown in Fig. 52. This does not make a solid corner and is a very poor method of construction.