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Sealing Redundant Door #5192359 08/20/19 07:25 PM
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LARGEST GAP IS 1/2"

The door doesn't seal well and has been bothering me since we moved in a couple of years ago. In the afternoon, I can feel the heat coming through some of the worst parts of the poorly-installed door. From the outside, with music blasting, I can hear a major difference when I pull the door hard toward me, connecting the seal more fully.

This door is redundant - it has been used ZERO times since we've moved in. We use the sliding door to access the deck. When this section of the house was added by the previous owners (living room over garage), it's almost as if it was an afterthought.

What's the best way to semi-permanently seal it.

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If we ever do a major renovation, it'll likely be replaced with just a window, though I'll likely be too cheap to actually opt for that if I can seal it off well enough!

Here are the pics. I didn't clean, because, well, I've got a lot more going on than needing to pretend my house is actually ever cleaner than it looks in these pics!

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Re: Sealing Redundant Door [Re: gathermewool] #5192366 08/20/19 07:31 PM
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Re: Sealing Redundant Door [Re: gathermewool] #5192374 08/20/19 07:36 PM
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can you move the door latch plate a little to tighten the door when you pull it closed ??


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Re: Sealing Redundant Door [Re: gathermewool] #5192378 08/20/19 07:43 PM
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If you don't ever use it, just get rid of it. A few 2x4's and some drywall and paint. Never no it was there.


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Re: Sealing Redundant Door [Re: gathermewool] #5192381 08/20/19 07:48 PM
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Yes adjust the door jam latch more towards the inside. you will have to pull the door harder to close.

Otherwise just replace the weather stripping and scoot it a bit forward of the previous one.

Re: Sealing Redundant Door [Re: gathermewool] #5192391 08/20/19 07:59 PM
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My wife wants the sunlight.

Would using closed-cell foam actually make more sense in this case?

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Note: I'm a total newb carpenter. My wife wants the light there for all the plants she intends to kill throughout the year.

The largest gap is on the outswing side.

The door will literally never be used in the next few years or until we demo the door and replace it with a window (beyond my skill-set at this time).

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1. Weatherseal replacement only makes sense for a door in-use

2. re-orienting the door only makes sense for a door in-use

Right?




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Re: Sealing Redundant Door [Re: hemitom] #5192404 08/20/19 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by hemitom
can you move the door latch plate a little to tighten the door when you pull it closed ??


I could install a deadbolt, and try to make it so that the bolt only inserts with the door FULLY shut. With my skills, there's a 50/50 chance that won't seal the door sufficiently for my needs (i.e.,. never to be used, max seal)


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Re: Sealing Redundant Door [Re: gathermewool] #5192410 08/20/19 08:14 PM
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May only need one 2x4 down the middle of the door add some insulation then drywall then paint. You may have to replace all the siding to make it look right tho.

Re: Sealing Redundant Door [Re: gathermewool] #5192423 08/20/19 08:24 PM
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Put a window there to match the other two on the same wall. Will look more professional. Ed


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Re: Sealing Redundant Door [Re: gathermewool] #5192461 08/20/19 08:56 PM
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Again, money is a concern for now. I likely won’t replace the door for a few years. Foam?


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Re: Sealing Redundant Door [Re: gathermewool] #5192466 08/20/19 09:02 PM
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Dittos on the window idea.


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Re: Sealing Redundant Door [Re: gathermewool] #5192497 08/20/19 09:29 PM
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Maybe something like a caulking backer rod would work? Closed cell foam tubes, come in a variety of sizes. Easy to stuff in there.

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You can actually buy weatherstripping and door seals that will help, along with making adjustments to the door. If you really don't use the door at all, you can also get some peel & seal caulking along with some backer rod (1/2 inch gap is huge). The peel & seal caulking has the advantage of working like regular caulk, but also peels right off if you ever want to use (or remove) the door.


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Re: Sealing Redundant Door [Re: gathermewool] #5192520 08/20/19 10:05 PM
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Open it, chalk it really good, shut it, put 2 drywall screws to hold it tight. Smooth the chalk out. Fuhgedaboudit........


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Re: Sealing Redundant Door [Re: gathermewool] #5192626 08/21/19 05:09 AM
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Is there any chance the doorway is needed to meet building code? If so, the building inspection during re-sale might get interesting.

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