Step 6: Install the sweep

installing the sweep for door weatherstripping
Photo: Kindra Clineff
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After he fits the black silicone sweep into the free channel, Tom slides the glides into the channel in the dado, then carefully rehangs the door. (To avoid the possibility of damage to the sweep, hang the door first, then install the sweep.) Adjust the glides until no light shows between the sweep and the threshold when the door is closed. To seal the ends of the dado, snap plastic caps into the ends of the channel and stick squares of adhesive-backed pile against the bottom of the jambs.
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    Tools List

    • grooving tool
      Grooving tool: can be rented
    • shop vacuum
      Shop vacuum
    • Nut screwdriver
      Small slot-head screwdriver
    • roller spline
      Spline roller
    • router
      Router with edge guide and ½-inch straight bit
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • hacksaw
      Hacksaw

    Shopping List

    1. WEATHERSTRIPPING

    2. SWEEP