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Old 10-23-2011, 09:42 AM   #1
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Repairing Sill for Exterior Door


Hi everyone,

I've been using this site for advice for some time, but this is my first post and I need some help!

I've got a little used exterior door that sits flush with the level of my driveway. In the winter, water and ice builds up against the door and it has slowly eroded the lower part of the frame. The door itself has even rusted out a bit. I'm not very familiar with anything but basic terminology for doors, so I've attached a few pictures for people to see what I'm talking about. In the second and third pics, I've actually removed a strip of wood that is no longer being held down by anything.

I don't have the money to replace the door right now, so I'm hoping for some advice on how to replace the things that need replacing to ensure I don't get drafts/leaks this winter. Any advice someone could provide would be very much appreciated! Thanks!

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Old 10-23-2011, 11:31 AM   #2
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There is no effective repair for that. A new door can be purchased for about 150 bucks. I would raise the new door enough to get higher than the driveway.

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Ouch! That's not what I wanted to hear! Thanks for the reply. I'll have to look into replacing the door when spring gets here. Until then though, is there nothing worth doing to make it last the winter?
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Installing a door sweep would help for now. Throw a towel in front of that and it will look just like one of mine.
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Yeah, a door sweep is looking like the answer right now. I'll have to replace it in the spring. Thanks for the help!
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"sixeighteen" was just being honest. I've seen so many of these and he is correct. Notice that the door jambs, the brick molding, the threshold, well just about everything within two inches of grade are rotten. AND--there is no doubt that in my mind the sill (if applicable) is rotted in that area. You may find some things to do to get you by until spring, but it's only going to get worse. Good Luck
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+1

You have to see how the frame/threshold is put together to see that it won't be able to be properly repaired as you are intending.

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