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Phirst and Lassing Doors

By Brendan Kain 18 Nov, 2016

We ship our doors all over the United States and parts of Canada. We like to cater to our customers in every way possible. One of those ways in particular is matching finish colors of the customer's door to existing work.

We have been using Sikkens ProLuxe finish for our exterior doors for the past two years. It is a tough and durable finish to say the least. Great for standing up against harsh weather elements. If a customer decides they would like a color that is not in our wheel house we will turn to Sherwin Williams.

The customer will mail us a color sample then we will have SW match it using a piece of our wood. By using a Sikkens clear coat over the stain match we arrive at a finished product that looks great for years to come.

Our local store in Harrisburg, PA does an excellent job matching colors and in a timely fashion. Having them as a resource for supplies and color matching is excellent. It would be possible to lose an order because we cannot match a color for a customer. For that we are grateful. Thank you Sherwin Williams.

Visit our website at millworkforless.com to see our door selection. If you see a door that you like on our website please call or order online. If you have an idea for a door in mind let us know and we can make it custom for you. Our phone number is 866-645-8885 or you can email me at brendan@millworkforless.com . Please send a picture with a brief description and I will quote it for you.

Here is a link to see the colors that we currently offer: http://www.millworkforless.com/info/stain_swatch_pop.htm

By Brendan Kain 08 Jul, 2016

Here are a few easy steps:

1. If you are looking to find the rough opening see steps 2 & 3. If you have an existing frame/slab see steps 4 & 5. If you're looking to find the jamb depth see step 6.


2. First, grab your tape measure. For the rough opening start by measuring the daylight opening width from the inside face of the stud wall or masonry opening to the other side. It is best to measure points in the opening near the top, middle, and bottom recording the smallest number of the three to account for anything out of square in the opening. 


3. Next, to get the rough opening height use the same idea and measure the inside face of the stud wall or masonry opening from the top to the bottom of the sub-floor or concrete. Again, record the smallest measurement. Record the width from the previous step and the height from this step and you now have the rough opening size. (width x height)


4. For an opening with an existing door unit, first remove any interior casing or trim from the top and sides to expose the door frame from the wall. From the inside of the home looking outward measure the outermost edge of the frame from one side to the outermost edge of the frame on the other side and record the width of the frame. To measure the slab - hook your tape measure to the edge of one side and measure across the face of the door to the other edge of the other side and record your width. To get the thickness measure the front edge on a side to the back edge on the same side and record the thickness.


5. Next, to get the frame height measure from the top outermost edge of the frame to the bottom edge of the sill for an exterior door. Most interior door units are sill-less in which case measure from the top outermost edge of the frame to the floor. Record the width from the previous step and the height from this step and you now have the frame size. To get the slab height - hook your tape measure to the top edge and measure down the face of the door to the bottom edge. Record the slab width from the previous step and the slab height from this step and you now have the slab size. (width x height) Note: When ordering a door unit from millworkforless.com we still need a rough opening to ensure that when we build the door unit using our standard specs it will have the best tolerances in the rough opening.


6. To determine the jamb depth that your frame should be measure the thickness of the wall construction which most often times will encompasses several things (drywall, stud wall, block, brick, stucco, stone...). The frame depth can be less than the overall wall construction or more depending on the look that you desire. Be sure to determine if you would like the frame to be flush with the thickness of the wall or offsetting when ordering your door unit.


Tips:   

  • For a home framed with 2x4s the standard jamb depth is 4-9/16". For a home framed with 2x6s the standard jamb depth is 6-9/16".
  • For a radius top door unit let us know the radius of the header if possible. If not, record the peak height, two leg heights, and width of the rough opening so we can determine a correct radius to fit the opening.


Get out there and let us know the measurements. If you have any questions along the way feel free to give us a call at 866-645-8885. We would be more than happy to help!

By mjm 19 Apr, 2016
At least every 6 months you should take the time to inspect your doors and windows from the outside of your home. We consider washing and waxing our car a standard part of automobile ownership. But nothing receives more abuse than your doors and windows. After all, many people trade their automobile every 18 to 36 months, but they may plan on living in their home for 15 to 20 years. Why would you assume the exterior of your home requires no attention?

Cleaning your windows and doors exterior is every bit as easy as washing your car, assuming you do not always just take your car through a car wash (if you need tips on washing your car, we can give you those as well.) Just like a car, get a bucket and clean water. Using an automobile or car wash detergent, follow the directions as though you are washing a big car. A truck brush is handy because it has a telescoping handle and soft synthetic bristles. Washing your window or door one by one, just as a car, hose the window or door down with a garden hose. Do not use a pressure washer as this can damage finishes and other parts of your home. Do not worry if a bit of water leaks in your window or door. Why, because this is as good test to find out if you have a cavity in your window or door. Anywhere water is leaking, more air is leaking and, you can address those leaks to better prepare your home for harsh weather.


After fully rinsing your door or window, give it a good cleaning with a sponge or truck brush and immediately rinse the soap away. ***This is the important part of examining the finish of your wood door. When rinsing the door, the water should bead and run quickly down the door, leaving a dry finish above the water beads. If the water drags down the door and just hangs onto the wood, your finish has ultra violet damage and needs a new top coat. If you see blackened areas in the wood, typically at the bottom of the door, you have likely let your finish go too long. Regardless, if your finish shows wear, follow our simple steps for lightly sanding and applying a new top coat to your door using Sikkens Cetol door and window. Learn how to properly refinish your wood door . Hopefully this is the product your door had on it from the outset of its life. The tips above apply to a painted door as well.

Drying your windows and doors will minimize spotting. You can use a soft dry terry cloth bath towel our favorite method is to get out your leaf blower and blow dry each door and window after you wash the opening. Blow drying forces water, gook and hiding bugs out of the crevices and , this procedure assists you in looking for areas of disrepair that might require maintenance.

If you have aluminum clad exterior windows like most upper end homes do today, you can also treat those windows as you would your car when it gets a dull finish. Use a high quality polish which will bring your aluminum back to life (if you have Andersen or other vinyl windows, oh well.) Never use a rubbing compound or abrasive car wax because these compounds will remove finish from your aluminum cladding advancing the aging of your finish instead of helping the finish.

Do not be afraid to clean your home’s exterior, do not be afraid of getting a little water in your home when washing, after all , you want to know where your home’s weaknesses are so that you can repair them. Too many people today go to sell their home, and through the findings of a buyer’s home inspector, discover they have many issues to repair which can not only be costly, but can possibly deter a prospective home buyer. Be a good detective! Know your home’s weaknesses and correct them.

A clean home is a happy home!

Phirst and Lassing Doors

By Brendan Kain 18 Nov, 2016

We ship our doors all over the United States and parts of Canada. We like to cater to our customers in every way possible. One of those ways in particular is matching finish colors of the customer's door to existing work.

We have been using Sikkens ProLuxe finish for our exterior doors for the past two years. It is a tough and durable finish to say the least. Great for standing up against harsh weather elements. If a customer decides they would like a color that is not in our wheel house we will turn to Sherwin Williams.

The customer will mail us a color sample then we will have SW match it using a piece of our wood. By using a Sikkens clear coat over the stain match we arrive at a finished product that looks great for years to come.

Our local store in Harrisburg, PA does an excellent job matching colors and in a timely fashion. Having them as a resource for supplies and color matching is excellent. It would be possible to lose an order because we cannot match a color for a customer. For that we are grateful. Thank you Sherwin Williams.

Visit our website at millworkforless.com to see our door selection. If you see a door that you like on our website please call or order online. If you have an idea for a door in mind let us know and we can make it custom for you. Our phone number is 866-645-8885 or you can email me at brendan@millworkforless.com . Please send a picture with a brief description and I will quote it for you.

Here is a link to see the colors that we currently offer: http://www.millworkforless.com/info/stain_swatch_pop.htm

By Brendan Kain 08 Jul, 2016

Here are a few easy steps:

1. If you are looking to find the rough opening see steps 2 & 3. If you have an existing frame/slab see steps 4 & 5. If you're looking to find the jamb depth see step 6.


2. First, grab your tape measure. For the rough opening start by measuring the daylight opening width from the inside face of the stud wall or masonry opening to the other side. It is best to measure points in the opening near the top, middle, and bottom recording the smallest number of the three to account for anything out of square in the opening. 


3. Next, to get the rough opening height use the same idea and measure the inside face of the stud wall or masonry opening from the top to the bottom of the sub-floor or concrete. Again, record the smallest measurement. Record the width from the previous step and the height from this step and you now have the rough opening size. (width x height)


4. For an opening with an existing door unit, first remove any interior casing or trim from the top and sides to expose the door frame from the wall. From the inside of the home looking outward measure the outermost edge of the frame from one side to the outermost edge of the frame on the other side and record the width of the frame. To measure the slab - hook your tape measure to the edge of one side and measure across the face of the door to the other edge of the other side and record your width. To get the thickness measure the front edge on a side to the back edge on the same side and record the thickness.


5. Next, to get the frame height measure from the top outermost edge of the frame to the bottom edge of the sill for an exterior door. Most interior door units are sill-less in which case measure from the top outermost edge of the frame to the floor. Record the width from the previous step and the height from this step and you now have the frame size. To get the slab height - hook your tape measure to the top edge and measure down the face of the door to the bottom edge. Record the slab width from the previous step and the slab height from this step and you now have the slab size. (width x height) Note: When ordering a door unit from millworkforless.com we still need a rough opening to ensure that when we build the door unit using our standard specs it will have the best tolerances in the rough opening.


6. To determine the jamb depth that your frame should be measure the thickness of the wall construction which most often times will encompasses several things (drywall, stud wall, block, brick, stucco, stone...). The frame depth can be less than the overall wall construction or more depending on the look that you desire. Be sure to determine if you would like the frame to be flush with the thickness of the wall or offsetting when ordering your door unit.


Tips:   

  • For a home framed with 2x4s the standard jamb depth is 4-9/16". For a home framed with 2x6s the standard jamb depth is 6-9/16".
  • For a radius top door unit let us know the radius of the header if possible. If not, record the peak height, two leg heights, and width of the rough opening so we can determine a correct radius to fit the opening.


Get out there and let us know the measurements. If you have any questions along the way feel free to give us a call at 866-645-8885. We would be more than happy to help!

By mjm 19 Apr, 2016
At least every 6 months you should take the time to inspect your doors and windows from the outside of your home. We consider washing and waxing our car a standard part of automobile ownership. But nothing receives more abuse than your doors and windows. After all, many people trade their automobile every 18 to 36 months, but they may plan on living in their home for 15 to 20 years. Why would you assume the exterior of your home requires no attention?

Cleaning your windows and doors exterior is every bit as easy as washing your car, assuming you do not always just take your car through a car wash (if you need tips on washing your car, we can give you those as well.) Just like a car, get a bucket and clean water. Using an automobile or car wash detergent, follow the directions as though you are washing a big car. A truck brush is handy because it has a telescoping handle and soft synthetic bristles. Washing your window or door one by one, just as a car, hose the window or door down with a garden hose. Do not use a pressure washer as this can damage finishes and other parts of your home. Do not worry if a bit of water leaks in your window or door. Why, because this is as good test to find out if you have a cavity in your window or door. Anywhere water is leaking, more air is leaking and, you can address those leaks to better prepare your home for harsh weather.


After fully rinsing your door or window, give it a good cleaning with a sponge or truck brush and immediately rinse the soap away. ***This is the important part of examining the finish of your wood door. When rinsing the door, the water should bead and run quickly down the door, leaving a dry finish above the water beads. If the water drags down the door and just hangs onto the wood, your finish has ultra violet damage and needs a new top coat. If you see blackened areas in the wood, typically at the bottom of the door, you have likely let your finish go too long. Regardless, if your finish shows wear, follow our simple steps for lightly sanding and applying a new top coat to your door using Sikkens Cetol door and window. Learn how to properly refinish your wood door . Hopefully this is the product your door had on it from the outset of its life. The tips above apply to a painted door as well.

Drying your windows and doors will minimize spotting. You can use a soft dry terry cloth bath towel our favorite method is to get out your leaf blower and blow dry each door and window after you wash the opening. Blow drying forces water, gook and hiding bugs out of the crevices and , this procedure assists you in looking for areas of disrepair that might require maintenance.

If you have aluminum clad exterior windows like most upper end homes do today, you can also treat those windows as you would your car when it gets a dull finish. Use a high quality polish which will bring your aluminum back to life (if you have Andersen or other vinyl windows, oh well.) Never use a rubbing compound or abrasive car wax because these compounds will remove finish from your aluminum cladding advancing the aging of your finish instead of helping the finish.

Do not be afraid to clean your home’s exterior, do not be afraid of getting a little water in your home when washing, after all , you want to know where your home’s weaknesses are so that you can repair them. Too many people today go to sell their home, and through the findings of a buyer’s home inspector, discover they have many issues to repair which can not only be costly, but can possibly deter a prospective home buyer. Be a good detective! Know your home’s weaknesses and correct them.

A clean home is a happy home!
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