Volume 47, Issue 4 - May 2008

The Next Big Thing

Unique Solutions
Back-Saving Handles
Doorframer Inc. offers a new option to make handling and transporting doors easy. The Lincoln, Calif.-based company’s new lift handles attach to the side jamb of any door, making it easy to lift and maneuver. Up to eight screws can be used to attach each handle (depending on door weight) and when placed approximately 30 inches from the bottom they reduce the chance of injury typically caused by lifting, according to company information.

“Our door lift handles take the weight instead of your backs or the jambs,” says Steve Vanderpan, vice president of sales and marketing. “They screw directly to the jamb at an optimum height to reduce bending and lifting. They enable use of the natural leverage of a slight knee bend and straight arm to move the object.” www.doorframer.com 

The Real Deal
If you have contractors that like using genuine, load-bearing columns instead of wraps, consider offering them a Column Crafters’ product. The Flowery Branch, Ga.-based manufacturer produces multi-faceted columns in eight- and 12-sided varieties, and all of its products are load-bearing.

Company information says its columns are easy to install, completely maintenance-free and designed to be a spectacular visual display. It now offers both tapered and straight designs. www.columncrafters.com

Green Products
Green Mouldings
Do you have customers requesting green mouldings? Offer them finger-joint mouldings from Masisa USA Inc. The Atlanta-based company’s finger-joint mouldings are made from timber grown in sustainable forests that have earned Forest Stewardship Council chain-of-custody certification. Profiles include casing, base, crown, chair rail, split jamb and exterior frame. They are available unfinished and primed and most also are available in the company’s UltraPrime® jesso finish.  www.masisa-usa.com

Speed and Flexibility
If you’re a door pre-hanger that requires speed and flexibility, check out the Eagle by Norfield. This machine is designed to handle a variety of door types and materials. According to information provided by the Chico, Calif.-based company, the Eagle eliminates set-up and calibration time when changing door height and thicknesses by using a door-edge referencing sequence. This feature ensures that hinges are mortised consistently at desired depths and locations.

Door height changes are controlled through an operator touch screen (7-inch standard, 10-inch optional). Six-feet 8-inch to 8-foot door heights are made with a one-touch A-B hinge pattern change. The Eagle can be combined with Norfield’s 530 Loader, the 560 Sizer/Beveler and the 540 Assembly Center for a complete production line. www.norfield.com 

Need More Options?
Does your door components provider offer everything you need? Tired of piecemeal orders? G-M Wood Products, based in Newaygo, Mich., offers a wide variety of exterior door frame components.

G-M’s premium stain-grade frame components include knotty alder, maple, cherry, walnut, douglas fir, hemlock, red oak, mahogany and clear pine. All are available in box quantities and profile handed. The company also offers a selection of exterior frame and trim components with door frames up to 12 inches wide, mull-posts up to 8 9/16 inches wide, brick mould, astragals, continuous headers, sidelight and transom components and much more. Product lines include components offered in quality finger-joint primed pine, premium solid stain-grade, vinyl-wrapped, rot-free composite and Dura-Frame. www.gmcompanies.com  

Doors and Windows
A New Craftsman Door in Mahogany No Craftsman style home is complete without the proper entrance door. Westport is the newest collection of Craftsman-style doors from Moulding Associates Inc. in Wylie, Texas. The Home Towne doors are a basic line available in 6-foot 8-inch heights and 36-inch widths. The Westport offers both 6-foot 8-inch and 8-foot heights by 36-inch widths, and one 42-inch wide design. Choices also include two shapes: square top and eyebrow radius. www.maidoors.com

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