Poured Exterior Door Sill Questions and Problem

I had a prehung exterior door installed at my Mother's garage. Although there was a wooden soleplate elsewhere, between the door jambs, the inside baseboard and the stucco wall, there was a fill of concrete under the swinging area of the door. In removing the heavily glued threshold of the old door, that concrete cracked and was removed.

The door man, in a hurry to finish the door installation, replaced the old concrete with rapid-set cement which he extended in a lip out on to the exterior brick landing. His pour was 1/4" below the level of the aluminum threshold at one end and the outside lip is heavily cracked.

Unless someone has an elegant solution that allows me to fix this issue with the hung door in place, I'm going to have to remove it and the rapid-set cement and start over on a new sill.


**What materials, additives and reinforcement might lead to a water-resistant, durable result in a poured sill balancing those
factors against an early curing time allowing quicker reinstallation of the door with an aluminum threshold?

**Is there a minimum thickness of a poured sill for strength? Unless I raise the header and the door, I am going to have to taper the pour down from a .5" level point on one end of the threshold.

Source: forums.finehomebuilding.com

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Have you taken the 5 minutes to look up there, with a ruler, and measure the depth of the attic insulation. The attic is the most important place to ensure that insulation is at maximum.
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