Pre-Hung Affordable Doors and Installing Pre-Primed Wood Molding

Project: Manhattan Remodel and Cape Cod Affordable, Episode 13, Part 4



These affordable homes are built using time and labor-saving products like the Therma-Tru pre-hung exterior door that has fiberglass skins on the interior and exterior faces, with a high-density polyurethane core for an R-value that is five times higher than wood. Bob walks through the basics of pre-hung door installation with Michael McDevitt of Therma-Tru Doors and general contractor Wes Lohr of Lohr Construction. Inside, Bob meets with Tom Sullivan of Bellawood for the installation of their natural Maple hardwood flooring. The planks are laid out to create an aesthetically pleasing non-squeak floor with rosin paper installed underneath. LeafGuard gutters are fabricated on site by GutterPro and installed to divert debris and capture water as it travels over the cover and into the gutter underneath. Inside the rooms are being trimmed out with affordable doors and trim stock. Jeld-Wen pre-hung, pre-trimmed, molded wood-fiber doors are installed throughout the house. These affordable doors come ready-to-install and are priced to include the lockset. The primed, finger-jointed wood trim from Stock Supply is cut and installed around the windows.
Part 1: Installing a Therma-Tru Pre-Hung Door
Part 2: Discussing the Bellawood Maple Hardwood Floor
Part 3: LeafGuard Gutters Installed
Part 4: Pre-Hung Affordable Doors and Installing Pre-Primed Wood Molding
Bob points out that one huge aspect of affordability is doors, windows, and trim stock. He is joined by Lou Trottier of Martin Namco at one of the Mashpee, Massachusetts, affordable homes. Trottier explains the construction and benefits of a Jeld-Wen molded wood-fiber pre-hung door. This door comes pre-hung, pre-trimmed, and ready to install right out of the box. It is made completely from reclaimed wood fibers that are molded into skins to form the two faces of the door. Wood blocks behind the panels and a wood perimeter give it stablility. Jeld-Wen produces both hollow-core and solid-core molded wood-fiber doors. The solid-core version reduces sound transmission by 50 percent. The trim on these doors is primed, finger-jointed wood. The hollow-core Jeld-Wen door sells for about $85 including the lockset. Peter Anderson of Stock Supply joins Bob as the pre-primed, Colonial-style molding is installed in one of the Mashpee, Massachusetts, affordable homes. This finger-jointed wood molding has a Colonial profile and comes to the site pre-primed, ready for cutting and installation. The savings come with the cost of the molding and the time and labor savings on site. Quick measurements are taken against the window, and the molding is cut and nailed in place with a nailgun.
This project deals with two very different notions of home. Bob begins on New York City's Upper West Side, where an 1890s Brownstone is revitalized through high-quality craftsmanship and sensitive design. New York's past meets its present, as the entire floor is recaptured and refurbished to create a spacious urban apartment on the doorstep of Central Park.

At the same time, Bob works with a Cape Cod developer to apply Massachusetts land use statute 40B to create affordable housing, and a neighborhood of homes in Mashpee, MA. These Energy Star certified homes show how quality building practices and reasonable asking prices can work together to provide livable, affordable homes and neighborhoods to those who work in our communities.

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