Door Threshold / September 18, 2018 / Pauline Francoeur.
For the Greeks a door was not simply a way to enter a building but a holy place itself worthy of the highest respect." Keeping doors jambs and thresholds looking great while a home is under construction or remodeling is important and is now easier than ever. During construction contractors will pass through the doorway with materials and equipment needed for the construction project. Each pass risks scratching or denting the home entryway. Temporary protection should be in place prior to the start of construction and should include protection for all the aspects of the entryway.
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.
But what about retrofitting a new entry door system in an older home built with cinderblock masonry walls? You cant use the same technique of just nailing through the jambs the masonry will just deflect and bend a regular framing nail. Cut nails might possibly work but the chances for jambs alignment adjustments are slim to zero while the chances of masonry cracks or half-moon hammer head marks in the jambs are almost a given. Masonry screws need to be started in pre-drilled cinderblock holes which can be drilled through the jamb but Ive never been satisfied with their holding power alone where the cinderblock is prone to crumble around the holes while adjusting screws and snugging shims tight. Experience has taught me to always insert plastic expansion sleeves in the cinderblock to properly fasten masonry screws.
During construction contractors will pass through the doorway with materials and equipment needed for the construction project. Each pass risks scratching or denting the home entryway. Temporary protection should be in place prior to the start of construction and should include protection for all the aspects of the entryway. Doors can be protected with temporary cardboard door protectors available from a variety of manufacturers. Several protectors are not only made from recycled cardboard but can be reused and recycled entirely again making these protectors truly green. The first protector to market and most popular is DoorGuard.