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Handyman on Call

Should she treat her new oak threshold?

Q. I just replaced my threshold at the back door leading to the porch. Home Depot did not have a pressure-treated threshold so they installed oak. How should I treat it to protect it from the elements? TINA, in Hotton’s chat room

A. It’s OK. Oak is the best for thresholds. Do not paint it. Use instead one coat of a semitransparent stain of the color of your choice. It will look good, preserve the wood, and will not peel. Redo it any time as long as it is a year or two after it was applied.

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