New Exterior Doors Leaking

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by statjunk, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. statjunk

    statjunk DIY Senior Member

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    Hey guys,

    I just installed 3 exterior doors that I purchased at a Lowes. The door is very well sealed all the way around except for the bottom of the door.

    I'm assuming I just need to thicken up the weather stripping to get the air to stop coming in.

    Any pointers before I head to the big box store to pick up some weather stripping?

    Thanks

    Tom
  2. AZ Contractor

    AZ Contractor In the Trades

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    Get a door sweep that goes on the bottom of the door with rubber ribs that hit the threshold.
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  3. AZ Contractor

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    The doors also come with peel and stick weatherstripping that goes just behind the weatherstripping on the side jambs just above the threshold. Did you put them in?
  4. statjunk

    statjunk DIY Senior Member

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    I didn't see any of those peel and stick weather stripping. I'm going to call Lowes and get the number to the manufacturer and see if they'll send them along.

    Thanks

    Tom
  5. AZ Contractor

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    I vaguely remember an incident I had with Lowes about that weatherstripping. I can't remember exactly what it was but I think the doors I purchased didn't come with them and I went back to buy a set and they didn't sell them. I told the sales rep what the deal was and he grabbed a set off another door that was up for sale there and let me have them. That probably stiffed the next guy.
  6. edrake

    edrake New Member

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    did you try to unscrew the threshold if applicable?
  7. statjunk

    statjunk DIY Senior Member

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    Edrake,

    That turned out to be exaclty it. The doors have adjustable thresholds that needed to be turned up. Now the door makes that really sweet squish sound when it closes indicating an air tight seal.

    Tom
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