Weatherstripping door with large crack

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Old 02-14-14, 12:35 PM
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Weatherstripping door with large crack

Hey guys,
I am getting a lot of air intrusion from all of my exterior doors and need advice on the best way to weatherstrip my doors. The problem I am having is that I have a 1/2" space between the door and the door stop. I have not been able to find a weatherstripping that will close that big of a space. The weatherstripping on the doors now is the type that fits into a kerf slot. I need a weatherstripping that fills in more open space than this.

Any advice you can offer will be appreciated.

Charlie
 
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Why is there a 1/2" gap? is it just in one area? or over the entire door frame?

Can the door or door stop be moved/adjusted for a tighter fit?
 
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I can't answer why there is a 1/2 gap in the door. I checked the other exterior doors in our house and none of them have this large of a gap. The gap is uniform on all sides of the door.

I don't see why the door stop could not be moved. Would I most likely destroy the door stop in the removal? If so, would I have to have someone cut me another door stop to my dimensions or is this something I can buy at a big box store?

Do I have any other options?

I appreciate you taking time to offer your advice.

Charlie
 
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Got a picture?
That big a gap would make me think someone replaced the old door with an interior door slab, which would be thinner.
 
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Joe has a good point, can you measure the thickness of the door for us?

http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html
 
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Depending on how old the door is...most exterior door frames don't have a stop...it's just the way the frame is made.

I agree though...sounds likely it's a too thin door.
 
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most exterior door frames don't have a stop
just to clarify, they have a 'stop' but it's part of the jamb.
 
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Yes..thats what I meant. You can add to it using square stock...but you can't really move it. Not like an interior door.
 
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OK guys,
First, thanks to all of you for the advice. I have attached some pics that will hopefully describe my situation better than I can thru words. Note the first pic was taken from inside of the house. You can see that the kerf type of weatherstripping would not fill that gap. Also, I cant find and foam tape type of weatherstripping thick enough to fill the gap either.

To Marksr-the door is 1 3/4" thick.

To Hunguy 45-it would be great if I could just add a piece of 1/4" stock on the outside edge of the door stop because it would be a heck of a lot easier than moving the door stop itself. Problem is, that piece would then need the kerf in it so I could use the same type of weatherstripping I have on all of my other doors. Could I possibly just install that piece of stock then use some of the foam tape type of weatherstripping? My research indicates this type of weatherproofing does not stick to the surface very well. What do you think?

Again thanks for the help.

Charlie
 
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Theres a way to do it...but could you maybe take a few pics from a bit further away? And does this door swing out?

You may have to use a nail/staple on type weatherstrip. Not ideal, but better than what you have.
 
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At 1 3/4" that should be an exterior door, interior doors are approximately 1 3/8"

Adding a strip of wood and then using the felt self adhesive weatherstripping would probably be the simplest fix.
 
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If it's a steel door... it's probably supposed to have a MAGNETIC weatherstrip on the top and latch side, and a bulb weatherstrip on the hinge side. At any rate, I can't believe you aren't finding different thicknesses of q-lon compression weatherstrip. Here is one that's 5/8.
 
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I'm even more confused.
How does the louvers come into play? Exterior doors normally do not have louvers.
Have you checked the jambs to see if there plumb?
 
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How far away should I take the pic?

Yes, the door swings outward.

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The pic with the louvers was taken from inside of the house, so what you are seeing, as far as the door goes, is the inside of the door where it buts up against the door stop.

Probably was not as clear as I should have been with my captions.

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I feel the 5/8" depth would not be enough to get a good seal. What do you think?

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Charlie
 
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I am beginning to think along the same lines. To me a simple fix is a good fix.

I appreciate your help.

Charlie
 
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Just a few feet...to give an idea of the entire install.
 
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You can buy s4s (I think its called) that would prob work to extend the stop. Better would be to make what you need on a table saw...but takes good wood and skill.

I just don't understand this. New (to you) house? It's like the hinges aren't installed right
 
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The house is not new to me. We had it built 15 years ago.

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I feel the 5/8" depth would not be enough to get a good seal. What do you think?
If Therma Tru weatherstrip would fit your kerf (5/32"), you could try their long reach weatherstrip. It's 29/32". Their medium reach is 47/64". Standard reach is 21/32". If you want to be sure, try getting a long reach and a medium reach and see which works best.

Google: Therma Tru long reach

One site has it for $35 a complete set.

What happened to your old weatherstripping? Seeing a cross section of it would probably help. How deep is your kerf?
 
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Picture of door

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This is the pic you requested.

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This is a pic of the current weatherstripping.

The kerf is 3/16".

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If possible I would prefer to replace my weatherstripping with q-lon compression weatherstrip that is just in a larger size than what I have now. With me having a 1/2" gap, what size q-lon compression weatherstrip should I be looking for? I have been searching the net and do find some that is larger than what I have now but I don't want to order anything that would be too large.

Thanks to all of you guys for taking time to help me.

Charlie
 
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The style you have looks like medium reach to me. If you want it tigjjter get the long reach. It will make the door harder to push shut.
I think the kerf size is close enough it will work.
 
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