How to Replace a Door Sill

- May 29, 2019-

Replacing a Metal Door Sill

1. Measure the existing door threshold for length and width.

2. Purchase a metal sill of the same size and shape.

3. Use a variable speed drill fitted with a screwdriver bit to remove the screws anchoring the threshold into place.

4. Use a utility knife to cut through any caulk on the front and back edges of the sill.

5. Place the end of a pry bar beneath the threshold and pull up on the bar to pull the old threshold away from the door frame.

6. Lay the new threshold out on a flat surface and place the old one on top of it.

7. Use a pencil to trace the shape of the ends of the old threshold onto the new one.

8. Remove the old threshold and screw the new threshold down onto a work table to keep it from moving.

9. Use a jigsaw to cut out the shape of the door jambs from the ends of the new threshold.

10. Test the fit of the new threshold beneath the door and make sure the door closes over it.

11. Screw the new threshold into place.

12. Run a bead of waterproof caulk along the front and back edges of the threshold to help seal it into place.

Replacing a Wooden Threshold

1. Remove the door casings on either side of the doorway.

2. Insert the end of a pry bar behind the casings and gently tug them free.

3. Use a circular saw to cut the threshold into three pieces.

4. Cut the rest of the way through the threshold with a handsaw for control.

5. Insert a pry bar beneath each section of the threshold and pull it free.

6. Measure the length of the door sill and ensure that the new threshold is of equal size.

7. Slide the new threshold into place to ensure that it fits.

8. Paint the new threshold with a water and UV proof stain to help protect it from the elements.

9. Slide the new threshold back into place.

10. Drill pilot holes into the threshold that are slightly smaller than the finish nails that will hold it in place.

11. Hammer in the finish nails to hold the threshold in place.

12. Fill the nail holes with wood putty.

13. Reattach the casings on either side of the doorway.

14. Hammer the finish nails back into place to reinstall the casings.