Front door bottom weather strip problems

Bar_Oso-1July 13, 2012

Please give some suggestions for my old (lovely) front door.

I have an old 42" solid oak (1-5/8" thick) w/glass pane inserts-front door that opens out. The old bottom metal weather strip cap with a vinyl insert was rubbing & sticking in the middle of the threshold-preventing the door from opening and shutting properly. The space between the door and the threshold has become uneven as the house has settled (blt. 1918). I would like to replace the metal door cap with some type of sweep. What kind or combinations would you recommend? The bottom sweep with "nylon bristles" has been suggested to put on one side and a bottom sweep with a vinyl fin put on the other side of the door. The sweeps say they are for doors that open out, but usually front doors open in as does mine. Also I'm wondering about clearance of the small rug inside-the old metal one cleared it. Rain gets blown agains the door in winter storms, so I am concerned about water coming under the door.

Thank you.

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snoonyb

"I have an old 42" solid oak (1-5/8" thick) w/glass pane inserts-front door that opens out."

"The sweeps say they are for doors that open out, but usually front doors open in as does mine."

So, which is it?

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 10:20AM
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Bar_Oso-1

Oops-apology: My posting should have read "OPENS IN".
"I have an old 42" solid oak (1-5/8" thick) w/glass pane inserts-front door that opens IN".
Hope you have some suggestions now, snooyb,
And thank you for noticing.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 11:04AM
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sombreuil_mongrel

The best and longest-lasting is a bronze threshold and interlocking J-hook seal.
Like #70 or 80 here: http://www.zerointernational.com/catalogpage.aspx?pageID=4
And the corresponding hook #23B.
It is kind of expensive, but it will last several lifetimes.
Casey

Here is a link that might be useful: Metal thresolds.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 8:11PM
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snoonyb

If your floor is crowned at any point in the threshold you'll need to correct that first.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 10:03PM
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snoonyb

If your floor is crowned at any point in the threshold you'll need to correct that first.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 10:04PM
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