Door Threshold / September 15, 2018 / Leala Melanson.
These protectors can be made from molded plastic or cardboard. Pre-molded plastic protection works well for jambs with standard door casing widths. For larger jambs there are several wrap-around jamb protectors that work similarly but are not molded to an exact casing size. These reusable protectors provide excellent protection however they are the most expensive jamb protectors in the market. Less expensive cardboard protectors wrap around jambs in a similar fashion and cost considerably less than their plastic counterparts. These are available from a wide range of manufacturers can be purchased online or in construction supply stores as well.
Several sill manufacturers provide plastic threshold protection that is specific to the model of sill they are selling. Unfortunately heavy duty plastic protectors are not available for every type of entry threshold so the protection is not easy to obtain. There is one surface protection company on the west coast that does inventory plastic threshold protection for two of the most common sill profiles. For protecting sliding door tracks there are two types of threshold protection. The first is a hinged plastic protection that flips over the tracks of sliding doors to keep them clean from debris.
UV protective tape has chemicals in both the tape and adhesive that block UV rays and make the tape resistant to both sunlight and heat. It can be used in both hot and cold climates without the worry of adhesive transfer resulting in a quick and clean removal upon project completion. Although more expensive than other tapes UV protective tape is very cost effective when the costs of clean up or repainting of entry thresholds are considered. Blue masking tape and blue sill tapes are the most common tapes for protecting thresholds. These low cost tapes work for short term protection only in areas of low heat or sunlight.
Then re-assemble door system and re-shim into the indexed positions in the rough opening. At last now fasten jambs to the cinderblock with the masonry screws using shims at each screw location. Fine tune screw adjustments by wedging the shims to get the reveals around the door even. Adjust top and bottom jamb shims as necessary. Open and close door to check touching the weather stripping evenly top to bottom for any possible jambs twist. Some slight remaining jambs twist can be adjusted by persuading the jambs with a block and a hammer. Be careful. Now nail the shims permanently in position with a pneumatic nail gun shooting squarely into the cinderblock. Dont worry the nails should sink into the cinderblock as long as they are the proper length and are nailed squarely and firmly.