Door Threshold / September 15, 2018 / Leala Melanson
Of course youre going to check the concrete threshold step for level. Carpenters never assume anything right? Measurement of the exterior brick opening overall height from threshold to lintel will be noted. Any further uncertainty about whether a house was built with masonry walls can be at least partly resolved by measuring the exterior brick opening overall width. A width measurement slightly off by about one-half inch from the nominal brick opening is a sure tip-off that youre going to be facing the direct fasten to masonry challenge. Adjust your installation estimate accordingly for some extra labor.
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.
The cost to protecting doors jambs and thresholds are well worth the small investment. The average cost for a cardboard door protector one cardboard jamb protector and tape for the threshold is less than 25.00 The cost to replace just a door alone can range from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. In addition many door protectors and jamb protectors are reusable so the long term cost for protection is even less. Experienced contractors recognize the importance of protecting the entry doors jambs and thresholds. Doing so is a great way to increase customer satisfaction and keep job site damage to a minimum.