Are new doors 'snugger' fit?

Old 10-25-02, 08:03 PM
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Are new doors 'snugger' fit?

Thanks for your patience in this last question.

I installed a 'Premdoor'. A prehung exterior steel insulated door. It went in well with correct space all around. Hardware including new lockset fits well, etc.

The door doesn't stick at all but fells 'snug'. Not loose. It is not difficult to open but takes a very slight tug to begin opening. (not enough to notice by anyone but me who installed it).

A general question: do newer insulated doors fit a bit snugger than older doors? Is this due to well fitting weatherstripping doing its job? I can't see anywhere where the door would stick or be a problem.
Old 10-25-02, 09:17 PM
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A new door that is properly sized to fit its opening and has been properly weather stripped and installed should feel quite differently from an ill fitting door with no weather stripping. If the door opens and closes without difficulty, then you can assume you have a properly installed door. Prehung doors are already installed. Check with your manufacturer regarding expectations of operation.
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Premdoor STEEL door that takes "a very slight tug to begin opening". THAT is normal -- they put a magnetic strip in the weatherstripping to keep it sealed. The "tug" is you breaking that magnetism.
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I will bet you it is the rubber sweep binding with the adjustable threshold.
If it becomes unbearable ask Premdoor to send you a softer sweep.
I am in the process of doing that myself with a Rochman steel door(double doors)- the sweep on the moving door is a harder material than the one on the stationary door. both doors have same threshold/sweep clearance but the moving door binds too much because of the hard sweep. and since I live in a cold climate the problem is more apparent.

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