Circa 1950 Door with Big Gap!!


Old 05-16-05, 10:46 PM
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Circa 1950 Door with Big Gap!!

Working on this little old house (1950).

The front door closes and from inside the house you can see a good 1/2 inch gap at the very bottom right (by the floor) of the door (same side where the door knob and lock are).

The gap tapers down as you go up and is only about 1/8 inch at about a height of 60 inches. If it weren't for the storm door (newer), something could easily cwarl in!!

What is the best way to fix this?
There is currently some rubber stuff on the jamb, but it is not closing the gap, and some pieces of it are torn off.

Thank you for your help.
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Old 05-17-05, 10:58 AM
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put a threathold at the bootm of the door

you can find some at the big lumber store and you can cut to size and used screws to fasten it
Old 05-17-05, 11:26 AM
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There's no way to close that gap along the closer side without creating a gap someplace else (at the top or bottom). So it looks like you ought to look into adding an additional weatherstrip on the outside of the door.

They make aluminum+bulb seal weatherstrip sets you can cut to length and nail onto the outside of the door (the door is closed when you do this) and they should work well for you.
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Thanks for the replies.

Thinking about cutting a tapered piece of lumber and taking care of the gap with such. Then adding the aluminum + rubber strip suggested.

Can the right side of the door jamb be moved in, towards the door, without taking out the entire door?

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