Excuse my ignorance; sealing/weatherproofing bottom of front door

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Topic by Millo posted 09-21-2013 07:00 PM 3582 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2013 07:00 PM

Hell everyone,

Our first baby is about to arrive and so now is the time to do all those little things I’ve been putting off, plus some others I’ve recently discovered, like this one (sorry, pics were posted upside down, oops):

As you can see, there is a lot of light on the left side (look at from the inside) of the door, which is the side that opens up. This gap tapers toward the hinge-side of the door. So, should I get new weatherstripping material for the bottom? Is there something I can install w/o having to take of the door?

Also, the cat pulled out the small strip on the bottom of the kitchen door to the garage, after half of it had detached, so I need to work on that. Not sure if I have to unmount the door to work that one out.


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Dan Lyke

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09-27-2013 01:51 AM

I milled a threshold that gives a bit of a lip there that the door falls flush against, and left it at that. In general, I try to get weatherstripping in a place where the door closes against it, rather than across it.

Don’t know if any of that helps you, especially without wanting to take off the door. As I said, I’d go for a new threshold.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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09-28-2013 02:06 PM

Good idea Dan – I’m in need of new weatherproofing on our front door as well, Millo. Congrats on the new baby! When the wind is fierce here (which is during the winter or not that often) the door will vibrate enough to set the house alarm off. I’m hoping with some extra weather stripping this won’t be an issue. The sweep has worn off on the bottom of the door as well, and believe I will need to take the door off to replace it – not looking forward to that myself so I’ll probably look into the threshold idea from Dan instead.

-- aspiring jill of all trades

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