How to Replace your Door Threshold By Yourself

Your door threshold must be installed properly in good condition because if it’s broken or worn out, the spendings you make on cooling and heating will go through the roof. Especially if you live in an area where extreme temperatures are common. Something so small could cause such issues … who knew!? But you can easily save yourself the unnecessary costs by simply checking your thresholds. And here’s a few ideas on how to handle the whole situation.

First thing’s first, you must decide whether you should replace them or hire a handyman to fix them:

  • Is your home too old?The style of your thresholds and the age of your house are the main factors when considering how to proceed.
  • Are you handy?Want to replace your thresholds on your own? You’ve got to be handy with tools. The work will includes using a table saw or hacksaw, so make sure you have the necessary skill if you don’t to mess something up, or worse …
  • Should you do it yourself?Do you have the right skills and tools to do it alone? For a complete threshold replacement it’s best to contact an experienced handyman.

But If you’re more of a DIY type, that’s the guide you need.

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1. Choose Your New Threshold Strip Sizes

When purchasing your new threshold strips you need to check which size fits your the doors best.

Note: It’s not necessary for all doors to have the same dimensions, so you have to check and measure each one separately. First, you’ll need two measurements for each door – the width of the doorway (not the door), and the second thing is the gap between the bottom edge of the door and the floor. Check the space between the floor and your door to determine what has created it and if the strip was not high enough.

2. Tools you need:

  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  •  Notebook
  • Scissors
  • Hacksaw or metal saw
  • Drill
  • Threshold strip
  • Metal drill bit

3. Choose a Strip Type

There is a large variety of types in the store, so you can find the one that you think will suit you most:

  • Strip you can fit over the existing strip. There are wood strips that could be used to replace entirely the older one.
  • You can also go with a metal strip that can be attached to the existing one.
  • You could simply attach a piece of veneer over the existing strip.
  • And the last and most complex type is the aluminium strip with plastic or rubberized weather strip in the middle.

Maybe the hardest step is taking the measurement of the strip that you purchase. That’s why you must be sure that the new strips match the strips you measured at home.

4. Remove The Old Strip

Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the strip. If you don’t see them, look for a rubber or plastic strip in the centre and use a flathead screwdriver to remove it. You can find them in the channel of the strip itself.

5. Pick Your New Threshold Strip

If the new strip is too large and you should cut it, your must measure and mark it accurately. Use a handsaw for a wood strip, but if it is made of metal, you’ll need a hacksaw. Check if the holes on the floor are aligned with these on the new strip. If they aren’t, get a drill and make new ones. Finally, attach the strip with screws and that is all.

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