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Drafts from exterior doors

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Posted by: from Edmonton
12/16/2016 at 11:50:39 AM

How do you prevent drafts from coming through doors until you can address it in the summer months? High energy bills - feel like I'm heating the outside.

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Date/Time12/16/2016 at 1:19:35 PM

I do a few of these every fall. Get a good threshold ( metal & rubber) weather stripping and install it across the bottom ( remove what is there if required and if it is not doing anything ) then install good metal/rubber

weather stripping around on your door frame, (remove what is there if its not doing any good) You should be paying approx. $ 60.00+/- for a decent quality weather stripping. If your door still has drafts coming through. there are either cracks in your door or you have a interior door where you should have a exterior door.

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Dave from Crown Choice in Nanaimo
Date/Time12/16/2016 at 2:21:47 PM

You should be able to do it now unless you were contemplating a complete door and jamb replacement. Even then it should not take that long to do 1 to 2 hours.

But there are a number of weatherstripping kits available. If your door is a steel door then opt for a magnetic weatherstripping kit and a good adjustable strip that fits under the door.

Also if you do not have one a good storm door will be a good investment.

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Tracey in Edmonton
Date/Time12/16/2016 at 2:30:52 PM

Thanks

I see the gaps in the corners of the doors weather stripping - will get new weather stripping.

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Andrew from KRB Construction in Peachland
Date/Time12/16/2016 at 2:55:39 PM

Talk to the guy in home depot about weather stripping, its easy to apply. It has a sticky tape covered back you just peal and stick.

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Date/Time12/17/2016 at 2:01:01 PM

In addition to the previous comments, I would suggest that you look at the latch on the door. If it is adjustable, see if you can adjust it to make the door fit a little tighter to the frame.

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Emma in Toronto
Date/Time3/1/2017 at 12:00:14 AM

How about using energy efficient doors? I think it can solve the problem.

I found an article online which mentions some tips to make your home energy efficient [url]http://www.landmarkquality.com/blog/energy-efficient-home/healthy-living-energy-efficient-home[/url]

Hope that this will help you.

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Date/Time3/22/2017 at 9:39:07 AM

If the existing frame has not been installed square, level, and plumb your problems might continue. Sometimes the best long term solution is to replace the whole front entry system. Properly installed the new system will seal properly. The old door may have sagged or jambs might be bowed or not shimmed and fastened properly anchoring it to the studs. Sometimes we find little or no insulation around the perimeter between the old frame and the studs.A new system solves all these issues.

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Tracey in Edmonton
Date/Time3/22/2017 at 11:27:17 AM

Thanks, all the suggestions have helped.

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