As I have been tending to details in finishing the drywall I installed
in my shop, I feel as though I've been tip-toeing around an "Elephant in
the room". It is the board which looks likes it's part of the door
molding, but perhaps also supports the threshold (between the house and
the shop). It is so ugly, I took 3 pics of it (shop side view):
To be generous, it is obviously an OEM part. : )
Almost anything else would be an improvement. Somehow after learning how
to shim my other door, I'm less tolerant of this "problem"--even though
I don't know precisely how to best fix it yet.
If I couldn't ask anyone, I might take a 2by4 and work it down to size,
1" wide, and maybe put a bevel on the outside edge of bottom and the
ends for the sake of its protection and style, and screw it in place.
I'm not sure whether I'd want to hide the screw heads under joint
compound or not. Then I'd prime and paint. I don't know whether the
sides you don't see are supposed to be finished or not (to prevent
Okay, now what's the right way to do it? : )
Yes, It's 1" on the inside (where it alighs with the threshold plate),
and 5/4" on the outside. Because of that, I plan to go with a 1" board.
The 2nd picture shows that it really is "super wide":
The moulding around the door is brick mould whereas somebody just stuck
a piece of interior sash trim along the bottom.
You can buy short section of brick mould to match the rest and use that
if want although I'd look at what's below the threshold itself. What
you really should have is a regular full threshold underneath and that
would be the actual support, not a trim piece serving dual function. If
there's an opening under there, the ideal would be to insert it under
there and then the trim would be under it to simply dress it up...
Yes, thank you for informing me I had "brick mould"! I just returned
from Big Orange, with a matching piece, already primed, for $1.32/ft.
They even entrusted me with a miter saw to cut as much as I wanted!
I will still do the inspection of the threshold, but since it's been
solid for the 3 years I've used it, I don't anticipate finding any
problems with it.
Thank you for teaching me a little more about doors! Besides this one,
I'm still happy about the one I learned to shim earlier this summer
(we'll find out if it's "fixed" when it gets cold)! : )
I just fixed some brick mould today. The client had me remove a
perfectly good security door, so I drilled and doweled the holes it
left. Then I installed the nice $200 glassed screen door he bought to
replace it. It's a 3/4 light.
He wanted me to haul off the security door, so I told him I wanted to
keep it. He gave me keys for it, even, so I don't have to replace the
Make awkward sexual advances, not war.
Speaking of bricks, that is another option to fair out under the
threshold...brick, veneer brick, quarry tile, Saltillo tile, etc. One
advantage is that it gives you a chance to squish mortar under the aluminum
threshold to firm it up. In my limited experience, those thresholds are
often rather casually afixed.
Yes, they are (rather casually afixed). The last person who worked on
the door inserted a small strip of wood (which I left) where you are
I may sort of go with your other idea down the road by putting something
Under the molding which extends to the top of the step. That way it will
look sharp and stay clean and protected.
At least I understand better the way my door works now, so if it needs
further work in the future I will have a much improved starting point.
It's always a pleasure to share how things come out with
the folks here who help and are supportive. I documented the short story
if you care to view it (I tried to make it interesting).
Then there's curmudgeonly me. <g> I see lots, good and bad.
What I see is a thicker moulding which will try to catch your toes on
the way into the house every time you step over it. I would have
replaced the moulding with one as thin or thinner than the existing
one so that wouldn't be a problem. When you're in a hurry, you don't
always watch your foot positioning, so you'll trip.
Hey, and clean the mud off your paint under the door and on the porch,
eh? (Right after you caulk.) <titter>
All of us want to do well. But if we do not do
good, too, then doing well will never be enough.
-- Anna Quindlen
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