I looked at a job a few months back where the building was unfinished. again some contractor went defunct and the poor guy i went to meet had purchased it for pennies on the dollar. He asked me to quote out the trim job and off I went. The bid got to him in a few days and was what i would call competitive being that it is so slow around here. Well of course the owner didnt think it was reasonable and told me no way. Well we got a call a few days ago by the same owner requesting labor only for all the trim he supplied. We got there and its all MDF that he painted with three coats of paint! Now i could understand the 8 inch crown because of the cost savings and its never gonna be touched except by me and the painter (again) but whats the deal with base, casing, backband, door jambs, stool, even the shoe!!! and this guys got dogs for christ sakes!!!! why this crap was ever brought into our industry is beyond me. We use it it limited amounts form job to job but never in this quantity. Been wearing dust masks but doesnt seemed to help. What percentage of homes use mdf vs wood do you guys experience? Guess im just ranting cuz the stuff sucks. Nails like crap, can hardly cope it, long lengths are like speghetti and break easily. Whats the deal?
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MDF trim. what is the deal with that?