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How to Remove and Install Door Threshold

person removing door threshold with a pry bar

If your threshold is damaged, you could be wasting valuable energy. 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 can also buy plastic solid-surface versions, similar to solid-surface counter tops. 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.

Skill Level: Beginner
  1. Step 1 Remove Nails

    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.

  2. Step 2 Saw Threshold

    Saw Threshold

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

  3. Step 3 Undercut Doorstops

    Undercut Doorstops

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

  4. Step 4 Position the Threshold

    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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