Weather Stripping

WalnutCreek Zone 7b/8aOctober 22, 2009

I need to replace the weather stripping around outside doors in the house. Having never done this, I need some advice, please, as to the best brand of such insulation to buy and easy to install.

I hope this is the right forum to ask this question on.

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The longest lasting weatherstripping is the compressable kind that installs in a slot between the door frame and door stop trim(slot cut in the door stop. Installing it requires removing the door stop, cutting a step slot, and reinstalling it about a quarter inch back of the original position.

That is not the easiest, just the best.

The easiest would be self adhesive weatherstrip stuck to the door stop. However, that will cause the door to bind, spring the hinges, and make the door very hard if not impossible to latch.

The felt on a strip that nails to the door stop and fits against the door will not hurt the door/hinges, but also is the least effective.

I don't know if the old style copper strip variety is still available---the kind that is V shaped and nails to the door frame in front of the door stop. That was pretty good, except for getting snagged and torn.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2009 at 3:22PM
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The old style copper strip variety IS still available but it's made in bronze. It is extremely easy to install and won't disintegrate like the self-adhesive stuff.

The old style is called spring bronze. My local old fashioned hardware store always has it in stock. Big box stores around me don't have it and don't know what it is. You can also get it online at

We've used this in 3 homes now, both around doors and wood framed windows and it works like a charm.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2009 at 5:57AM
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WalnutCreek Zone 7b/8a

Thanks so very much for the info.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2009 at 10:47AM
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Check out the site below - lots of good tips, including weather stripping an exterior door.

Here is a link that might be useful: Weather Stripping

    Bookmark   October 26, 2009 at 11:11AM
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LIDO, you cannot imagine how happy I am to read the metal weather stripping is still available. Whew!!

As soon as I get off here, I'm ordering it from the online source at

You are a lifesaver!

Well, I just placed an order with them. Thank you a heap.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2010 at 7:09PM
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You can also use silicone tubing held in the corner of the stop and jamb with silicone caulk.

Resource Conservation Technology (Baltimore, MD) has all sorts of glue in and slot in gaskets and seals (and even a special router to cut grooves without pullig the stop bead off).

    Bookmark   February 12, 2010 at 11:36AM
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