How to Fix a Drafty Door

Drafts do a number on both your utility bills and overall comfort.  If you have a drafty door that’s been a thorn in your side, well take a look at this video as Lou shows us how a weather-stripping door seal can do a long way:

According to the U. S. Department of Energy, it’s estimated that drafty doors account for up to 20% of heat loss in a typical home.  To put in perspective, merely a ⅛ inch space under an exterior door can let as much cold air into your home as a 2 ½ inch hole in the middle of your wall!

Here’s our Fix It in 15:00 solution that will show you how to weather-strip a door properly:

  • Purchase a door set weather-stripping kit
  • Remove the old weather-stripping from the outer door frame, using a hammer and chisel
  • Clean the area afterwards to remove any remaining dirt or debris
  • Use the hammer to tack in any nails that may have become dislodged when removing the old weather-stripping
  • Cut the new weather-stripping to size – for the upper, lower and side portions of the door frame
  • Once you double check the pieces fit properly, go ahead and hammer it into place using the nails provided in the kit
    • Make sure to close the door when you install the new weather-stripping to ensure a snug fit

Drafts do a number on both your utility bills and overall comfort.  If you have a drafty door that’s been a thorn in your side, well take a look at this video as Lou shows us how a weather-stripping door seal can do a long way:

According to the U. S. Department of Energy, it’s estimated that drafty doors account for up to 20% of heat loss in a typical home.  To put in perspective, merely a ⅛ inch space under an exterior door can let as much cold air into your home as a 2 ½ inch hole in the middle of your wall!

Here’s our Fix It in 15:00 solution that will show you how to weather-strip a door properly:

  • Purchase a door set weather-stripping kit
  • Remove the old weather-stripping from the outer door frame, using a hammer and chisel
  • Clean the area afterwards to remove any remaining dirt or debris
  • Use the hammer to tack in any nails that may have become dislodged when removing the old weather-stripping
  • Cut the new weather-stripping to size – for the upper, lower and side portions of the door frame
  • Once you double check the pieces fit properly, go ahead and hammer it into place using the nails provided in the kit
    • Make sure to close the door when you install the new weather-stripping to ensure a snug fit