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Removing and Replacing Thresholds

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Removing and Replacing Thresholds

Thresholds cover floorboard edges that end at a door, and serve as a transition element to other flooring materials such as carpet, vinyl and ceramic tile. Most thresholds are wood, although you also can buy plastic solid-surface versions, similar to solid-surface countertops. No matter what the material is, thresholds serve a decorative as well as a functional purpose in smoothing the way from room to room. Here's how to replace one.

4 Steps

  1. Remove Nails
  2. Saw Threshold
  3. Undercut Doorstops
  4. Position the Threshold
Remove Nails

Step 1

Remove Nails

If the door stops (but not the jambs) are undercut, use a hammer and pry bar to remove the nails from the threshold and hammer it out from under the stops.

Saw Threshold

Step 2

Saw Threshold

If the doorjambs were undercut to accommodate the threshold, saw it into two pieces and remove each piece separately.

Undercut Doorstops

Step 3

Undercut Doorstops

Before installing a new wood threshold, undercut the doorstops then measure carefully and cut the threshold to length.

Position the Threshold

Step 4

Position the Threshold

Predrill pilot holes and nail the threshold to the floor with flooring, or counterbore the threshold and fasten it with countersunk wood screws.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

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