Introduction

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Pity the poor wooden threshold. That stomped-on, scuffed-up, taken-for-granted plank bakes in the sun, gets soaked by the rain, and endures the grit from every shoe that tromps in or out of the house. Without regular attention—an occasional lick of paint and some caulking—sooner or later that wood's a goner, and the underlying framework isn't far behind.

It's best to start replacement work early in the day, so there's time to fix any problems that come to light after the old threshold is out. A rotten subsill, punky joist ends, or a termite-riddled rim joist can stretch this two-hour job into a full day's labor.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape
    • reciprocating saw
      Reciprocating saw (with wood-cutting blade)
    • bar flat
      Flatbar
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • chisel
      Chisel
    • speed square
      Square
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • hand saw
      Handsaw

    Shopping List

    1. BORATE SOLUTION
    (if needed, for rotting wood)

    2. SELF-ADHERING FLASHING MEMBRANE

    3. 120-GRIT SANDPAPER

    4. SHIMS

    5. EXPANDING FOARM SEALANT

    6. SPAR VARNISH