Really underground garage
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: mnts of Va
Cool deal on the pics!
Now,for some general rambling.Can't tell from pics if these drs have any roof cvring them.IOWs,are these drs on/under some kind of porch.
Theres a rather obscure and sometimes ambiguous code that can get sited evvvvvery once in awhile.It calls for a 4" min. "step" from finished exterior flr to,(this is where it gets touchy)some measure of interior FF(finish fl).But it goes back to the time when thresholds were non-existant(a sill and threshold are 2 different things).At least its based on "once upon a time",because outside historic work,most houses have some kind of raised threshold......which further confuses the issue when inspector is trying to explain why "homey's" deck project(new deck floor level with interior FF)fails because of this code.
You mentioned G-dads original install.......we still occasionally do wooden thresholds.I'd have to go check ours,but 7 degrees pops into my head.And I've pulled.....replaced.....messed with alot in old house world.They can in some instances outperform aluminum,just sayin.Further,you want to be careful(this don't apply to you but may help someone)when ordering a dr that has attatched "sidelites".......more often than not they'll come with seperate Alum thresholds.IOW's co dosen't take the time to have one common threshold.They just take multiples and halfazz screw them together.Same happens on window sills when dbls or tripples are put together.Well,that sure isn't the way your G-dad would have done it.These would be best served with a common sill.....any "hassle" thats now consider'd when even discussing this just wasn't in our building vocabulary before say 1970.
Replacement anything(windows,doors,siding,roofs)are engineer'd today to speed install,its THAT simple.The collatoral "damage" in this notion is very simply,uhhhhh.....cracks.And don't be fooled by some chickensh*t vinyl sliding pce that gets smooshed over to fill said crack.Thats just smoke N mirrors WRT loose fitment.
I personally can't say,even after your GREAT job of posting pics,haha.......whether or not I'd jerk the whole thing.One thought on that however is whether you'll do the work or if you want a MAJOR hassle goin through original contractor.And I won't comment on that,because just like replacement anything,dealing with contractors is very much on a case by case issue.But lets say you want it done right and that means you'll be doin the work,in that case I'd let the thing stay installed for awhile and see if any other issues come to lite.IOWs wouldn't be in a big hurry to rip it out.......choosing a wait N see approach.And if testing is on the menu,a garden hose is pretty effective.
A sloped sill has advantages over whats become the norm these days,in some cases.Its just that speed is the main design criteria now and that kinda dosn't work for doin sloped sills.Or a serious flashing job,waterproofing,or any engineering where mother nature is involved.The very best of luck,BW
Those who say it cannot be done shouldn't interrupt the people doing it.
Last edited by BWSmith; 07-08-2011 at 03:24 AM.