Trim Work Phase Two

The next trim project took four days. Scott and Robert worked on the “man” doors to the outside first. It was a bit of a scramble to get all the boards planed as they were needed. I planed the boards with an electric hand planer while the workers cut the logs in half and installed them as headers. The reused trim pieces that were long enough to trim the sides of the doors had almost all been used on the interior doors. We had six left for three doors. The door in the mud room entry got thicker trim cut from a 1×6 instead. Fortunately I had plenty of logs for the headers although they were all weathered.

Back door
Back door

Each door had the drywall edge sticking out past the door jamb. So each casing had to be shimmed out with a narrow piece of wood. The first day the three entry doors were trimmed. The second day they tackled the three patio doors. I filled in some spaces with foam and added a layer of SIGA tape around the wood.

Patio door trim
Patio door trim

Wider boards were used for trim between the doors bridging the whole space. The three log headers all met at the top over the trim. This disguised the drywall edge that stuck out over the door.

While Scott was finishing the patio doors, Robert worked on changing the hall closet door to a rustic solid door to match the others in the lower part of the house.

Storage closet door
Storage closet door

This one turned out really nicely. It used to bind but now it opens and closes smoothly and it matches the other doors.

The third day the large kitchen window was trimmed. It took a lot of figuring because the window had metal clips that held it in and they stuck out similar to the drywall but unevenly. So they cut narrow pieces and spaced the trim out the necessary distance. But it took all day to measure and cut each piece and install it.

Kitchen window
Kitchen window

The space was so wide they ripped 2×6’s to the right depth to fill in. Then used the planed edge trim inside and around the outside. Luckily I also had leftover 2×6 lumber.

Kitchen window trim
Kitchen window trim

The fourth day was a little shorter. They only returned to trim the master bedroom window. This window was similar to the kitchen window with spacers that bridged the metal clips. I also filled in any hollow areas with foam spray and taped the wood sides.
There was time left to work on the jammed door lock in one of the patio doors. Although the doors seem to be a little crooked in the frames they all open and close well now. And they appear to shut tightly. During the blower door test we only felt incoming air in one upper corner of the frame. That will be caulked.
In four days, four big projects were accomplished. And all the wood was reused from the original house. In this day of high lumber prices I’m so glad we salvaged and reused all the interior trim work.

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