storm door on shifting house


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Old 02-04-09, 05:44 PM
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storm door on shifting house

Anyone have any good ideas on how to solve issues with storm doors not fitting well on shifting house? Recently installed a storm door and it no longer closes well due to not only shifting of the house, but also cold and warm weather extremes (live in North Dakota). Anyone know of a good storm door out there that isn't affected by the shifting as much? Any other ideas to help deal with the issue? Thanks.
 
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Old 02-04-09, 07:52 PM
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I don't think your problem is the doors as much as it is correcting the "shifting" or settling of the foundation. Storm doors won't be affected that much by the changes in temperature. Exactly how is it "shifting".
 
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Old 02-05-09, 04:48 AM
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The only thing I can say about the house shifting is that in the winter the northwest corner of the house obviously drops a little because my caulking between my countertop and wall seperates (you can see a noticable crack). In the summer, the crack in the caulking goes away. The door and screen door isn't too far away from the kitchen, so it obviously affects that as well. We also put a new door in a year or two ago and you can see where one of the screws toward the top is starting to pertrude out of the frame. We live in a very notoriously swampy area (sidewalks are constantly cracking and buckling up and down). So not sure there is much that can be done about the normal settling up and down issue. That's why I am asking if there are other suggestions for how to deal with it.
 
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Old 02-05-09, 05:22 PM
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You could set the strike extrusion a little further from the door , but you didn't say where the door was hitting. I doubt you will be able to successfully solve the problem since the house moves too much.
 
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Old 02-12-09, 06:31 AM
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When a house settles, reinstalling the door almost always solves the problem you described. Unfortunately, your situation seems unique. I would highly suggest contacting a local professional who is familiar with your specific conditions.
 
 

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