Door Threshold / September 15, 2018 / Leala Melanson
They are known to flake and chip when exposed to sunlight and are often cited for creating more work than the protection provided. These low quality 2 or 3 mil. tapes often leave a sticky adhesive residue on thresholds as the adhesive used in the tapes softens in warm temperatures. Another option is to use fitted threshold protection made from molded plastic. The molded plastic threshold protectors are designed to protect the most common types of thresholds in residential or commercial construction. They are the most durable type of threshold protection and can be used for multiple projects.
Tightly wedged shims will allow you to operate the door carefully. Open and close to check the door touching the weather stripping evenly top to bottom for any possible jambs twist. Adjust as necessary even though jambs may not flush with plaster top to bottom. A good carpenter wont assume the original door was installed correctly right? Check the brickmold reveal you should have consistent and even measurements side to side and top to bottom. Its unusual to have brick out of plumb to any great extent. Adjust shims again as necessary. Index the jambs in the rough opening and the shims to jambs with pencil for reference when installing the system permanently. Remember you only have one chance to get this installation right so be patient - you will be rewarded with a satisfying outcome.
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.