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Door Weather Stripping

Weather StrippingReplacing exterior door weather stripping can be fairly simple the typical exterior door has 4 parts that make a door air tight. There are two side seals and one top seal, and a door sweep. Common concerns are door sweep is worn out, weather stripping on door jamb gets ripped or torn, or is simply compressed to far providing little or no seal. Door sweeps in most cases have multiple little fins that make a seal when it hits the threshold. The fins on a door sweep may become damaged due to lack glue used or stapling lets go causing door sweep to sag and rub threshold wrong. Other causes may be threshold is out of adjustment, screws have backed out causing threshold to lift. Threshold is weather damaged causing severe splintering (if applicable some have a synthetic plastic threshold) this to can become damaged. House continues to settle causing Door be out of plumb Hinge Pin Removalor misaligned. Weather StrippingTo replace you’re worn out door sweep you will need to remove the door, to do this you simply hammer up the pin on each of the hinges using a 16d nail or a nail set. (Tip) start from the bottom and work to the top this prevents door from binding. Also some hinges will not allow you to use a nail set the pin access hole is smaller at the bottom you will need to use a 16d nail. (Tip) to get the pin out of the bottom hinge turn hammer on its side careful to not damage anything. Use a couple of old towels to lay on the saw horses to keep from damaging the door Peel off old sweep in some cases there may be staples still in the wood pull them out otherwise pound flat. Some door sweeps come with tabs to fit in the grooves other sweep replacements have no tabs, just be sure to use enough caulk if there are no tabs, ItThreshold’s a good idea to use a manual or electric stapler to attach door sweep. If there is still too much gap between the new sweep and threshold you will need to remove the threshold and put in some shims in, re-install threshold you may need to add more shims and do this a few times to get the right height. If you notice it’s too tight after you added the new sweep then you can sand the threshold(if you end up sanding it and get the correct height it’s a good idea to seal, re-finish the newly sanded piece with a polyurethane) or remove door and trim a little rubber off of the sweep, or get a different sweep. When re-installing the door a little oil on the hinge pins or some vaseline works well too. To replace the weather stripping on the door jamb, insert a putty knife behind the foam part to get a piece started then the rest will come right out. Most home centers have replacement pieces be sure to take a piece(s) to get the right ones.


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  1. Jim Oliver

    Looking for information on best technique to replace the weather stipping on our front exterior door. The stripping is in a groove in the door stops. I believe I can pull the stripping out but not sure if doing so would damage the groove in the stops. Then if successfull, what is best method for reinserting new stripping?
    Hope you can help.
    Thanks.

  2. Jasper

    Hello there and thanks for the comment, the best way to remove this is to use a putty to slip in the front edge, you must be on the inside to do this. Your trying to pry the weatherstripping out by gently rocking the putty knife side to side, start at the top and work down once a section is removed then gently pull the rest of it from the groove. Note if the old piece is still in one section use it to measure from when cutting the new piece. New weatherstripping is readily available at most home centers for $5 to $6. You can cut the weatherstripping with wire cutters or utility knife or a old pair of scissors. Thanks again hope this will help.

  3. Jim Oliver

    Thank you Jasper for your input. That helps give me the confidence I needed to remove the old stripping but I still am not sure about “what is best method for reinserting new stripping?”.
    Do I just use a putty knife to push the stripping back into the groove?
    Thanks again.

  4. Jim Oliver

    My project issue was resolved this weekend. A friend who is in the construction business stopped by and just pulled the old stripping out and worked the new stripping in by hand and then used a block of wood and a hammer to tap it in further. Took approximately 20 minutes to complete. Wasn’t nearly as difficult as I had originally thought.

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