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Old 05-12-2010, 12:17 PM   #1
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I bought a new exterior door for our addition and its going to be an outswinging door. One thing I didnt plan for is the threshhold will be visible from the inside of the house. The one that came with this door is ugly shiny aluminum - not exactly matching my interior finishes.

Can this be changed before the door is installed? Even if I could get a brown colored aluminum one like our entry door it would be an improvement. He door guy at Lowes said not to mess with it - but he might have just been reading from a warranty sheet. Am I stuck with this?

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Can't you exchange the door"

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Of course the threshold can be changed... you can put it in with NO threshold if you want. But as Ron said, "Why not exchange the door?"
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it sounds to me like you are putting the door in backwards if the threshold is on the inside like that. are the hinges going to be on the outside of the house?
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it was a special order door - so it cant be exchanged
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Its probably a fairly unique threshold design so best bet is to ask the manufacturer if a replacement in the desired color can be obtained. Otherwise you can look for another brand threshold that will fit (might be hard to find), or maybe take the threshold and have it powder coated?
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I would make Lowes take it back.

I order a lot of doors and there is “Always” a series of questions the sales rep. ask.

Jamb size
L or R swing.
Single or Dbl bore.
Brick mould Yes or No.
And type of threshold.

If any of those questions were forgot to be asked, their calling my back for clarification before they order.

It’s the Lowes door guys inexperience in ordering doors is why you have what you have.
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it sounds to me like you are putting the door in backwards if the threshold is on the inside like that. are the hinges going to be on the outside of the house?
OP said an out-swing door, hinges are on the outside and the threshold will be seen on the inside.

If you can not exchange it, I would remove the supplied threefold and find the closest (in size0 oak threshold to use as a replacement. You might have to do some cudtom milling on the new threshhold. Getting it weather tight will be a the issue, which can be difficult on an outs wing door in any case. If the door is protected from the weather you will have a better chance.
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Hey guys - thanks for all the replies, but let's forgot about how I got the door. I agree the guy at Lowe's was a nimrod not to ask me this. But now I have the door and there is nothing I can do about it.

I'm looking for a definitive answer from someone knowledgable: can I or can't I change out the threshhold with a different one and still make it weather tight?

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you can get exterior oak ones with adjustable sills. lot of work and patience to swap out but doable
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You can defiantly change the sill. Some real easy some not so easy.

Can you post a picture?

What brand/model of door is it?
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"can I or can't I change out the threshhold with a different one and still make it weather tight?" YES, you can "bmt1970". BUT--As has been stated, it will not be a simple threshold exchange. I have custom built thresholds for customers who "just could not find one they like". OR, as Mr. polk stated, find an exterior oak unit that has the adjustment screws to assure a good fit to the bottom of the door. David

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