Hired Help

I just could not seem to make progress on the house so we decided to hire some help. I found a recommended handyman service on a neighbors group and called. This was the third time I had tried to hire someone but the other times there was no interest. I met with Scott from Universal Service Solutions and he was interested in the work of trimming out the doors and windows. He brought his partner over and they discussed approaches to the custom work the windows and doors needed and scheduled to start the next week with a phase one job: all the interior doors. We set up in the garage with my table saw and their mitre saw.

Saws in garage
Saws in garage

This team was more than willing to tackle the more difficult job of trimming the doors with half log headers and reused trim. I had saved all the trim from the tear out. It’s a nice 2 1/8” x 1/2” rounded edge pine. I have a hand planer and was able to plane the finish side of each board while the guys worked on ripping the recycled logs.

Planer and boards for trim
Planer and boards for trim
Planed boards
Planed boards

The effect inside is exactly what I had hoped to see. The half logs vary in tone. Some are lighter and some are darker.

Trim on bedroom door
Trim on bedroom door

They were willing to add a shelf above the utility room door which was also out of reused wood. There were some oak accents in the house so this shelf is oak.

Utility Room trim with display shelf
Utility Room trim with display shelf

In some cases the trim had to be cut to fit around a narrower space like inside the bathroom.

Bathroom trim
Bathroom trim

Phase one was completed in three days and next we discussed phase two, which was a bigger project trimming the three outside doors, the three French doors, and hanging the matching closet door.

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