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  • If this Front Door had broken, there would be a hinge-pin sticking up from the threshold (I am doing this demo on a perfectly good house with a perfectly good door... it will be perfect again when I'm done)
  • A good 'smacker board' is as large as possible.  This one is 2 1/8 x 5
  • The 'smack' loosened the ends of the Threshold
  • Pulling the threshold out I meet resistance on the right - it is the head of the hinge-pin... so I swing the left end out
  • A dab of glue in each groove
  • Feed the Threshold's hinge-pin into the hole in the repaired (or new) door
  • Turn the door panel inside the house (this is important!  This keeps the head of the hinge-pin from gouging the porch floor).  Set the right end of the threshold into the opening so the hinge-pin's head is in the void between the porch floor and the house floor.
  • Feed the top hinge-pin into its hole
  • Push the threshold sideways as far as you can and pull it out as far as you can... it is still controlled by the hinge pin in the void
  • An extra push with the smacker as a push-stick, and the left edge slides into the groove
  • Now I can push it all the way back.  It may hit the front edge of the floor and have to be lifted up a little on the inside
  • While I was figuring out that the door had to be turned inside while putting the threshold in place, I left some marks from the head of the hinge-pin.  They are not gouges or scratches, more like the hinge-pin left a pencil mark
  • A little polishing with fine sandpaper...
  • ... and it's perfect.  I'll do a touchup drop of lacquer (white-out) on the threshold's ends, and it's ready to go