Welcome to the DoItYourself Forums!

To post questions, help other DIYers and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our DIY community. It's free!

Got a air leaking door.. what do I do?


theemaster's Avatar
Member

Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 62
MO

12-28-15, 12:27 AM   #1  
Got a air leaking door.. what do I do?

I bought some of that "Weather stripping" that's like tape and pad.. and I noticed when I applied it.... "made the door hard to shut" and wherever I applied it ahh.. it partially created a light leak. (also this stupid tape weatherstripping also began pealing off pretty fast)

Umm.. what I noticed looking outside to in, is that I could see the lights of the house coming through parts of the door frame.. (at night!) so I knew that meant it was leaking..

Also downstairs where it's snowing.. I have a divider wall between the 2 rooms down there.. and the one that is divided away from the door is 40-50F but the one that's part of the room with the door.. is 30F-40F (much colder) basically I can tell this short term freeze is leaking through the door and ahh causing heat loss..

So please tell me my options for fixing this problem with the door..?

This is how you can see door is leaking..
Name:  20151228_080932832_iOS.jpg
Views: 150
Size:  13.4 KB

This is the areas I applied a "weather stripping" badly.. or bad type.. just pointless action..
Name:  20151228_080840602_iOS_edit.jpg
Views: 152
Size:  36.6 KB

This is perhaps the main problem.. the original door 'lining'/what have you is bad.. it also got painted white I think..
Name:  20151228_080857557_iOS_edit.jpg
Views: 159
Size:  24.3 KB

 
Sponsored Links
Pulpo's Avatar
Temporarily Suspended

Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 10,986
NY

12-28-15, 01:36 AM   #2  
Is the door level & plumb? Are the hinges loose? Close the door completely. Is the space between the door & the frame the same all around? I bet that it isn't.

 
Furd's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 18,332
WA

12-28-15, 03:13 AM   #3  
I know of only two types of weather stripping that will actually work without also making it difficult or extremely difficult to close the door. The first is an interlocking metal weatherstripping that requires major re-working of the door and frame and the second is a magnetic "bellows" style that only works on steel doors.

However, I am not a builder so it is possible that there are other types that exist. I will go out on a limb and state that NOTHING you find in a DIY mega-mart homecenter is going to both seal and allow the door to close easily.

Interlocking-weatherstripping techniques - Fine Homebuilding Article

 
Norm201's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 5,430
NY

12-28-15, 04:11 AM   #4  
If the door no longer fits the frame as suggested by Pulpo, you may find that a new door is in order. A pre-hung door is not that difficult to put in. You might be able to re-plumb the door but that prove a bit difficult.

 
XSleeper's Avatar
Group Moderator

Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 19,316
NE

12-28-15, 05:56 AM   #5  
You could try this kind. Just shut the door and nail/screw it o from the outside. Maybe a brown/bronze one would look best.

 
Furd's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 18,332
WA

12-28-15, 09:46 AM   #6  
X, that's the stuff I used on my laundry room-to-garage door. Pressing it tight enough to the door to prevent air leakage made it necessary to use a lot of force to close the door. No way in the world would the auto-close hinge close the door. I have to push (or pull depending on what side I am) on the door to get the deadbolt to throw.

 
theemaster's Avatar
Member

Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 62
MO

12-28-15, 01:37 PM   #7  
I have to push (or pull depending on what side I am) on the door to get the deadbolt to throw.
yes, sounds like I need a new door..

I will look 'into' the level stuff or house movement.. my house is moving/sinking but only near the rear.. and this is a front door.. (the door is also hinged wrong.. it should be hinged on the left side.. not the right.. because it's hard as #@#^ to move things upstairs with the current hinges being on the right)

 
Pulpo's Avatar
Temporarily Suspended

Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 10,986
NY

12-28-15, 04:30 PM   #8  
There may have been another reason as to why it swings the way it does. Try to determine that reason before you swing the other way.

 
Search this Thread