Door Threshold / September 15, 2018 / Leala Melanson
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.
The front entryway including the door jambs and threshold is the focal point of your clients home. It sets the tone and expectation for the rest of the home and it can add or detract curb appeal. Entryways have been important dating as far back to the Greeks. According to Jesse Nevins of Coastal Carolina University "To ancient Greeks doors were considered sacred and surrounded with superstition. So much so that doors and the comprising parts had their own deities. 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.
When youre satisfied that the door system is in the correct position drill through the thickest part of the hinge jamb with a regular drill at the hinges areas and then further drill into the cinderblock with a hammer drill. Drill the strike jamb in the same corresponding locations with the middle drilling positioned between the strike and deadbolt mortises. Countersink jambs holes to flush the masonry screw heads. It may be necessary to remove the door from the hinges for this step just remember to check the indexed jambs alignment to be sure nothing has moved. Remove shims and then remove door system from the rough opening. This must be done to install the plastic expansion sleeves into the holes drilled into the cinderblock.