Proper Procedure Of Installing A Threshold On Tile Floor
A threshold is a plate at the base of every contemporary exterior door that lies directly underneath the door when it is closed. Threshold, also known as a door saddle, is a piece of hardware, whose main purpose is to provide a weather-tight seal for the underside of the door. When you are looking to replace the thresholds installed on tile floors, then you will need to have a sharp rotary mason's bit in order to cut through the tile.
Things You'll Need
- New Threshold, Drill & Pry Bar
- Hammer And Wood Block Or Rubber Mallet
- 3/16-Inch Rotary Bit
- 1/8-Inch Wood Bit
- Masking Tape
- Pencil Or Felt Tip Pen
Preparing To Install
- First of all, you need to detach or take out the old threshold. Strike the end of a flat pry-bar lightly & swiftly under one end of the threshold before prying it up away from the floor. Elevate or raise the threshold out of the door frame and put it to one side to be used as a pattern for trimming the new threshold.
- Now, trim the new threshold to the exact length as the original one, with the help of a hacksaw. Put, lay, or stand the original threshold on top of the new threshold before marking any end notches onto the new threshold. Trim these notches out with the help of a hacksaw. Use a file in order to smooth off any burrs through the edges.
- Next, check the floor where the old threshold was pulled up in order to ascertain or establish whether you are installing threshold onto a concrete sub-floor or plywood, or any other wood-based floor. Examine or inspect the dust in holes left by the old nails or screws. If it is gray and chalky, then it indicates that you have a concrete sub-floor. If it is sawdust, then you have a wood-based sub-floor.
- Put, lay, or stand the threshold into place. With the help of a rubber mallet or hammer and woodblock, tap it into position, if needed. Discover the exact place or position of the mounting screw holes in the top of your threshold.
- Mark through every screw hole with the help of a pencil or sharp felt-tip pen. Elevate or raise the threshold out of the bottom of the door frame before setting it aside so you can see the marks.
Installing On Concrete Sub-Floors
- Firstly, drill through the tile with the help of a 3/16-inch rotary mason's bit. Keep drilling into the concrete to a depth of 2 ½ inches. Enclose or wind a piece of masking tape around the bit 2 ½ inches from the tip of the bit in order to mark the depth. Move the dust from the holes.
- Put the threshold back in place, tapping it down with the help of a mallet or hammer and woodblock, with utmost care in order to prevent scratching the jamb.
- Move or push one 3-inch tapcon style concrete screw into each hole. Push them in as long as the screw heads press the threshold firmly down.
Installing On Wood Sub-Floors
- Drill through the tile with the help of a 3/16-inch rotary mason's bit as long as you reach the wood sub-floor. Drill through the tile with the help of a mason's bit in each marked location.
- Place or fix a 1/8-inch wood bit into the drill. Drill a 2 ½-inch pilot hole along each hole in the tile into the sub-floor. Enclose or wind a piece of tape around the bit in order to mark the depth.
- Put the threshold into place and push or move one 3-inch treated deck screw along each hole in the threshold. Push each screw in as long as it presses firmly in opposition to the threshold.