Last year I hired someone to do some framing in this house that I am remodeling. Most of the interior walls are newly framed with PT 2x4 bottom plate, the rest non-PT 2x4s, standard wood studded wall. On the south side of the room I have a concrete block wall, but in order to run plumbing and electrical I also erected a wood studded wall against the block wall.
This morning I was laying out some recessed lights and ceiling furring strips, and I measured from the east wall and the middle wall (the one with a pocket door), and for some reason I noticed the dimensions didn't add up the same on the north side versus the south side.
Out of curiosity I decided to measure all the dimensions along the north side and the south side.
I have basically a 60" wide shower area, followed by a 2x4 spline there (for the shower door), then about 83" to the pocket bathroom door, then a hallway that's 32" wide, then a closet.
The north side dimensions are:
Shower - 60"
Bathroom outside shower - 83-3/8"
2x4 pocket door
Hallway - 32-3/4"
Closet - 77-3/4"
The south side dimensions are:
Shower - 59-3/4"
Bathroom outside shower - 82-5/8"
2x4 pocket door
Hallway - 32-5/8"
Closet - 78-1/2"
A pictorial sketch.
Now looking at this, obviously the walls to both sides of the hallway are off a bit, by about an inch.
So now I have two questions.
First, is this within acceptable tolerance? I know this is probably subjective so I am looking for opinions and probably will base my action on how many YESes and how many NOs.
Next, if this is to be fixed, I don't think furring or shimming those two walls here and there will give me something nice and square, especially with the pocket door there.
There are a lot of wood braces and framing on the south walls, I got sewer vent pipes, electrical conduits, central vac pipes all going through the top plates, where I had drilled round holes for them. Moving points "C" and "D" in the diagram to the right/east by an inch will be a real pain. Not only I have to tear out the wall and all the braces, I have to cut or disconnect all the pipes and conduits as well.
So that leaves the north wall. I can move points "A" and "B" by an inch to the left/west. Will have to take apart a bunch of plates and studs, and will need to remove the pocket door but it may be more manageable.
The bottom plates are secured to the concrete slab foundation via 4" long tapcons. I think some of the tapcon screw heads are now hidden behind the foot print of studs. I am wondering if I should remove all the studs to expose those screw heads to back them out, or just try to slide a sawzall blade under the bottom plate to cut them out?
Any thoughts, hints, comments would be greatly appreciated before I dive in on this.