In this video, Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert helps a homeowner give her front door an upscale look with a low-maintenance material.
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Carpenter Nathan Gilbert helps a homeowner struggling with the look of a plain front door trim in a neighborhood full of ornate entryways. After explaining that the homeowner’s current entryway is a very common design, the two look at some PVC moldings Nathan thinks will do the job.
Cost: $500, not including the cost of tools
Time: 8 hours
Filler material (typically 1×8 pine) [https://thd.co/3qrFqfW]
PVC square stock [https://thd.co/30cZGau]
PVC premade head casing [https://thd.co/31FHmXG]
Fluted PVC trim [https://thd.co/3bY7yib]
Small PVC moldings for accents [https://thd.co/3quXiX9]
Stainless steel screws [https://thd.co/3FaiDJL]
Finish nails [https://thd.co/2Z9X6Rm]
PVC plugs [https://thd.co/3bXTt4b]
Two-part PVC glue [https://amzn.to/3F8R2bP]
Brad nails [https://thd.co/3H9a3fW]
Self-adhesive membrane [https://amzn.to/3n2L9Xl]
Eye protection [https://amzn.to/30d28gt]
Finish nail gun [https://amzn.to/3HcZbOj]
Utility knife [https://amzn.to/3wx3RJT]
Membrane roller [https://amzn.to/3c0lbxp]
Miter saw [https://amzn.to/3C3UD94]
Tape measure [https://amzn.to/3D6UDq2]
Table saw [https://amzn.to/3qr8W5k]
Screw gun [https://amzn.to/304FE1j]
Where to find it?
To build out new front door trim and plinth blocks, Nathan used flat PVC stock in 1×10” boards [https://thd.co/30cZGau]. For the plinth blocks, Nathan used flat PVC stock in 1×4”s boards [https://thd.co/3wBXvZS]. For decorative elements, Nathan used stock PVC head casing [https://thd.co/31FHmXG] for above the door, stock PVC profiles [https://thd.co/3quXiX9] for under the header, and fluted trim [https://thd.co/3bY7yib] to the left and right of the door. Stock PVC can be found at home or lumber centers. To attach the PVC to the exterior, Nathan used stainless steel brad nails [https://thd.co/3H9a3fW], and 2-part PVC glue [https://amzn.to/3F8R2bP].
To cut the PVC, Nathan used a sliding compound miter saw [https://amzn.to/3C3UD94], which is manufactured by Dewalt [https://www.dewalt.com/].
Under the PVC, Nathan used Henry Blueskin [https://henry.com/] VP100 Self-Adhered Water Resistive Air Barrier Membrane [https://amzn.to/3n2L9Xl].
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