Step 3: Pry Out & Treat

Remove the pieces
Photo: Reena Bammi
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• Stick a flatbar between the threshold and the subsill and pry up the center section. Wiggle the ends away from the jambs, if you can, or split them with a hammer and chisel and take them out piece by piece. Use patience and finesse, not brute force; you don't want to damage the ends of the door stops.

• Pry off the toekick (the exterior board below the threshold), and probe the wood underneath for signs of decay.

• Replace any rotten wood you find, and spray it all with a borate solution like Bora-Care to prevent rot and repel termites.
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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