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How to Replace Worn Weatherstripping Around Doors


Replacing worn or damaged weather stripping around exterior doors will save on your energy bills. Weather stripping either fits in a groove cut in the casing or is attached to the door jambs. ...More




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How to Replace Worn Weatherstripping Around Doors

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Replacing worn or damaged weather stripping around exterior doors will save money on your energy bills. Take a piece of the old weather stripping with you to the home improvement store so you can easily match it.

The weather stripping in newer doors fits in a groove in the door casing. To remove it, simply pull it out. Then cut a new piece to length, and insert it in the groove. Older doors can be retrofit using rolls of self-adhesive foam weather stripping or rigid strips that are nailed in place.

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  1. Ardell Says:
    October 5th, 2008 at 7:21 am

    THERE IS OLD ADHESIVE WEATHERSTRIPPING ON MY DOOR FRAME, HOW CAN I REMOVE THE OLD, WORN OUT WEATHERSTRIPPING, SO I CAN REPLACE IT WITH NEW

  2. Randy Says:
    January 31st, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Best video on the web for replacing compressiong weatherstripping. Fact is, about the only one. Maybe it is so easy no one else talks about it, but for me I wanted confirmation that I could just “yank” the old stuff out.

    Thanks

  3. Michael Says:
    April 9th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    My brand new Jeld-Wen door was damaged by our cat trying to get back in the house, much like the one shown in the video. I first tried to pull it out, but was not sure if the factory installed stripping could be replaced without ripping the entire door frame apart. This video saved me alot of grief (and money). Now I know it can be pulled out and replaced. Once you have it out (I started at the bottom of the door) the rest comes out easy. I took a short piece of stripping to the store to get a perfect match. Thanks Danny!

  4. Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    April 10th, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Hi Michael,
    Glad to know the video helped. How to take the weatherstripping out is also a good trick to know when you’re painting a new door (which I did recently) or repainting an old one. Not only does it keep you from getting paint on the weatherstripping, but it allows you to close the door while the paint cures without it sticking to the weatherstripping.

  5. Cheryl Talley Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I have the old foam weather stripping around my door. And I would like to paint the door. Is there an easy way to remove the foam weather stripping? It just seems to be pulling apart in little foam pieces. I dont think that will be good when I go back and replace it after the door is dry.

  6. Don Wensel Says:
    June 14th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I have casement crank style windows that have a Viceroy Home stamp (vintage 1985). I’m pretty sure that Viceroy did not manufacture these, but I don’t know who did. The weather strip or gasket that fits in a groove or channel atop the crank section of the window is kind of like a L shape that slides into this groove. Any idea where I might find something like this, or what I might search for?

    Thanks!

  7. Laura Sawyer Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    My daughter has weather stripping on the bottom of her kitchen door which prevents using a small area rug to keep debri from being carried onto her hardwood floors. Is there any way to use a weather stripping that would attach to the bottom door sill on the outside that would not have a sweep on it?

  8. Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Laura,
    You can buy metal thresholds in differing heights that attach to the floor in the doorway and have a rubber weatherstripping on the top that the door bottom of the door fits against. It would probably require trimming the bottom of the door a bit to make it the right height and some careful adjusting for a snug fit. I have also seen a sweep that attaches to the door that raises up automatically when the door is opened. Good luck with your project!

  9. E. Watson Says:
    May 19th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    We have 2 Repla garden doors and the air is leaking in all around the perimeter. Are you familiar with these doors and if so, how can I put in new weather stripping? Thanks.

  10. Joan Says:
    August 15th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I have weather stripping that fits in the groove in my door casing and can’t find a place to get the same kind of weather stripping that fits like that. Any suggestions where I can get it or who makes it?

  11. Anthoony Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Where can you purchase the “compression weatherstripping?” I have been to Home Depot and other stores, and all they have is the Frost King foam—doesn’t fit the door jamb like the compression stuff on there now.
    Thanks.

  12. E Menger Says:
    October 10th, 2010 at 9:39 am

    How do I retrofit a Frost King threshold with another one exactly the same. The wood rotted out of the old one due to bad gutter leak at that door. (Need to replace that, too…)

    Thanks.

  13. Single Lady Says:
    November 15th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I have replaced the vinyl weather stripping around my front door with new. It is amazing how it has stopped the cool breeze from coming in HOWEVER I cant seem to get the door closed enough to lock the door with the dead bolt or door knob. Please help!

  14. Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    November 17th, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Hi Single Lady,
    If it’s the kind of weather stripping that’s attached to the door as add-on strips, you need to remove the weather stripping, close the door, and reattach the strips in the proper position. If it’s the kind of weather stripping that fits into a precut groove in the door casing, then you must have purchased a type that’s too thick for your door. Your options are to replace it with the type made to fit your door, or remove the metal strike plates for the deadbolt and lockset, cut new mortises for them with a chisel a bit further out, drill new screw holes and fill the old ones with kitchen matches, and reattach the strike plates. Good luck with your project!

  15. Steve Says:
    January 10th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I replaced the compression style weather stripping, and while this has helped with the drafts, the door is harder to close (it locks ok). Also, on some of the doors, the stripping keeps falling out when the door is opened. Could I have installed it wrong, or is this possibly the wrong size? The stores I have been visiting only carry this one size.

  16. Heather Says:
    March 28th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Good Day!
    I have a steel frame. Which I believe has a “kerf” and the weather-stripping is “set in” it. I CAN replace this without ripping out the whole door and frame? WOW! Thank you! Could you help me find a place that sells compression style weatherstripping in Alberta, Canada? Do they come in multiple gauge sizes? Thank you!

  17. Penny Says:
    April 6th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I’ve got the same problem as Steve (above). I put the weather stripping in the groove and it just falls out every time we open the door. It’s really annoying. What did we do wrong?

  18. Carolyn Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I used foam weather stripping on my windows (between bottom of window and sill). I’ve removed everything but the very thin layer of glue(?). How can I get this off?

  19. Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    May 18th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Hi Carolyn,
    I would try mineral spirits first. If that doesn’t work, try denatured alcohol or lacquer thinner, but keep in mind that they may soften or remove the paint as well.
    Good luck with your project!

  20. Elena Says:
    June 12th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I’m also having trouble finding compression weather stripping as seen in the video. Is there a specific store that carries it, or brand name I should be looking for?

    With regard to cat-proofing once the weather strip is replaced, we’re thinking to add a storm door. Wonder if anyone else has an alternate solution?

    Thanks

  21. Rob Says:
    July 5th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I have two exterior metal doors where air comes in at the corners on the doorknob side. The gaps is nearly 1/2″ while the weather stripping is still tight at the latch in the middle. I have tried replacing the magnetic stripping and using foam stripping, but as the thickness built up at the midpoint of the door the gap got larger at the corners. I have seen this happen before, but not as bad. Everyone says, “Metal doors don’t warp.”, but whn I lay a stright edge on them, they clearly have. Is there another solution to remedy this problem?

  22. K.C. Christensen Says:
    August 4th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I really appreciated the information provided. I was wondering what you would suggest on a Non-True doorway? Over the years, it appears that the door has either shifted one way or the other, however, I can see gaps of varying lengths and heights around the door.

    What would you suggest, without changing the door jam, at sealing the door? You help is greatly appreciated.

  23. Lisa Timmons Says:
    October 16th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Where can i purchase compression weather stripping?

  24. Janjoona Says:
    October 20th, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Thanks for the video. I need to hear the answer to Steve’s question. I have installed the weather stripping on two doors. One is staying in place the other isn’t. Should I nail it?
    Thanks

  25. Ellie Says:
    November 13th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Awesome! I wasn’t sure at first since the factory installed stripping was so tightly attached so your video gave me confidence to try a little harder. It worked and now my door looks like new!

  26. ellen grossman Says:
    January 1st, 2012 at 3:05 am

    MY SITUATION IS THIS:: THERE IS SOMEONE WHO LIVES RIGHT ABOVE ME AND THAT COLD AIR BLOWS WHEN SHE OPENS HER DOOR BECAUSE OF THE SMELLS FROM THE VENT OF THE AC AND HEAT. WHEN I TURN ON THE HEAT SHE BLOWS INTO MY APARTMENT. I LIVE IN A HIGH RISE IN A ONE BEDROOM . WHEN THE AIR BLOWS INTO MY BEDROOM AND LIVING I HAVE NO WHERE TO SLEEP. I KEEP THE HEAT ON ALL DAY AND NIGHT. BUT IT REALLY GETS COLD. I HAD A CONTRACTOR PUT NEW WEATHER STRIPPING ON THE DOOR .BUT IT IS USELESS. I NEED WEATHER METAL STRIPPING AROUND THE DOOR FROM THE INSIDE. WE CANNOT CHANGE THE WAY OF THE DOOR ON THE OUTSIDE. I HAVE SEEN METAL STRIPPING ALL AROUND THE DOOR TO KEEP THE AIR OUT. HOW MUCH IS IT TO HAVE THIS DONE.CAN YOU HELP ME. THANK YU EGROSSMAN

  27. Marcy Says:
    August 29th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I have weather stripping that fits in the groove in my door casing and can’t find a place to get the same kind of weather stripping that fits like that. Any suggestions where I can get it or who makes it? It is a magnetic seal maybe by tago based on my research so far. I can find something like it but it is on a strip of metal i cant use the metal it will not fit in the groove. The stripping came out easy.

  28. diana Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Thank-you, best video i found. Changed it according to simple directions given and voila. Less than a minute weather stripping changed, had been chewed by one of my cats who loves anything rubber or leather!

  29. Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    April 19th, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Hi Diana,
    Glad to hear our video was of help!

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