How to install an oak threshold

How to install an oak threshold, sometimes an oak threshold will be needed as a transition piece from a ceramic or porcelain tile floor to an oak floor. The first thing that needs to be done is to make sure the bevel where the oak meets the tile is the same thickness or slightly thicker than the tile. Ripping the oak may be necessary. The threshold will be installed using finish nails of an appropriate length. Because the oak is a hard wood it is a very good idea to first drill pilot holes through the oak to avoid splitting the threshold while the nail is driven through it. The pilot hole should only go through the thickness of the threshold. The finish nails are then set below the surface of the threshold using a nail set, and the holes are filled with a wood filler that matches the oak. A small gap should be left between the oak and the tile and then filled with a color matching caulk of the same color as the floor grout. In this case I did not coat the threshold because the oak floors were going to be sanded and refinished. Bare oak will stain if it gets wet, so it should be protected when the caulk is applied.
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Comments

Barb Walk says:

Hi ! Why did you put two nails in the right end and then two more just this side of those two and then go down to the left side and just put two in that end? I just wanted to try and understand this? Thanks so much. Your videos are great and very educational. They have helped me in my bathroom remodeling. Wish you were here to help me finish the tiling. UGH!

WWZenaDo says:

Nail?  You nailed it?  I was going to use screws.  I assume you used ribbed or ‘ringed’ nails so they’ll be less likely to work their way out of the wood as the threshold flexes?

Michael H Le says:

What type of molding are you using? It doesn’t look like a reducer.

Michael H Le says:

What type of molding are you using? It doesn’t look like a reducer.

Lamont Walker says:

Okay so I’m confused…. My kitchen floor is about an inch higher than my dining room floor.. I have a saddle but I’m not sure how to fix…. Any suggestions.. My kitchen floor is Ceramic

dave smith says:

hi.  what about the expansion gap for the oak?  i thought you leave an expansion gap of the thickness of the wood?  thanks.

Chris Crum says:

Installing oak threshold/saddle in bathroom doorway, old door jam and saddle removed. bathroom tile flooring and hallway oak flooring are at slightly different heights. tiel approx 1/2 higher. so i can cut saddle back to match flush?

Dante Casas says:

Gran trabajo , excelente.

donaldo colindres says:

Thank you for your video, can you tell me the name of the product that you use to fill out the nails holes?

ciaconne says:

What’s the eraser-like thing you used to fill up the nail holes? Also did you just use water in sponge to wipe off the silicone caulk between the threshold and floor? How about the small gap between the threshold and door jamb?

Also: what if the wood floor isn’t flat but a bit slanted? What can you use to fill up the gap difference on the wood-floor side? (grout/adhesive probably wouldn’t work well with wood?) Many thanks!

Anthony Rauth says:

How much higher is the tile than the wood floor? 3/4″? I’m dealing with the same issue.

Jose Luengo says:

excellent video sir..quick question if I may..what if my wood foor is lower than my tile..will the threshold still work and make an even transition..? thanks in advance

mikenc1515 says:

What type and size nail did you use?  Thanks.

Jose Luengo says:

excellent video sir..quick question if I may..what if my wood foor is lower than my tile..will the threshold still work and make an even transition..? thanks in advance

Joe Phillips says:

If my tile cut isn’t as smooth as yours can I rebate the threshold to go over the tile or is that a no-no? Also, is the threshold paintable?

Yossi Khalon says:

Great video.

You put the oak threshold on top of the floor. Is this a laminate floor or a wood floor ?
Can I used this oak threshold (You use) as a transition from tile floor to laminate floor assuming that the tile floor is 1/2 inch high and the laminate floor is 5/16 high?

can you please advice.

Thanks for the great video

Chris Stokes says:

great job. i have something similar to do but transitioning between tiles on a concrete floor to laminate on a concrete floor. so i can’t use nails. worried im not going to be able fi the threshold down – any tips?

mostmost1 says:

Great idea. I bought the expensive schuter transition for my porcelain tile that I would only use maybe 10 inchs of.

Paul Frieden says:

Great video, as always.  I’d be really grateful if you released a video about transitioning from tile to carpet.

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