09-14-2013, 06:26 PM #1New Member
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Exterior Garage Door Sill Problem and Questions
Your thoughts and help are always appreciated.
I had someone put a prehung fiberglass door on my Mom's garage.
There was no soleplate between the framing studs, only a pour of concrete where the termites likely enjoyed the old wood. That pour broke when the tenaciously-glued threshold of the old door was pried out.
In its place, the installer poured rapid-set cement that filled the cavity between the interior baseboard and the old stucco broken out when the door was added decades ago. He finished by extending the rapid set in snubbed sill lip termination on the outside brick landing.
The rapid-set was a quick choice in trying to get the door hung. Given how the lip cracked crazily and the softness of the rapid set, it being the right choice is another matter.
I'm assuming a magic-touch surgical, solution allowing the demolition of the lip and its replacement with a sturdy material while the hung door hangs in place is a fantasy. If you can prove it is not, add "wizard" to your business card and bill me for the printing.
**So, with the door removed and the rapid set demolished, what do you recommend for fabricating or pouring a replacement sill that I can set the aluminum threshold of the door on?
**Any particular concrete with specified reinforcements or additives
that balance an early cure (allowing faster door reinstallation) with water resistance and strength?
At present, unless I raise the header and hang the door higher, I'm
going to have a maximum thickness of .5" on one end of the aluminum threshold and .1" on the other for a poured sill lip because of the way the exterior brick landing is angled. That may figure into your thinking on the strength of a poured sill.
I appreciate any and all thoughts. Mom would like her house watertight before the rains visit which is important to me.
09-14-2013, 06:41 PM #2Veteran Contributor
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