• In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva enhances the energy efficiency of an old, drafty door.

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    Steps:
    1. Tap out the hinge pins and remove the door from the opening.
    2. Pull the old weather stripping from the bottom of the door.
    3. Use a router to cut a groove in bottom edge of door.
    4. Seal the bottom end of the door and the routed groove with tung oil.
    5. Insert mechanical weather stripping into the routed groove, then secure the weather stripping with screws.
    6. Set the door back into the opening and replace the door hinges.
    7. Open the door all the way and adjust the mechanical weather stripping by rotating its screw until the weather stripping forms a tight seal against the sill when the door is closed.
    8. Peel off the old weather stripping from around the sides and top of the door opening.
    9. Press new weather stripping into the groove cut in the head jamb.
    10. Use scissors to trim the upper ends of the side weather stripping pieces.
    11. Press the new weather stripping into the grooves cut in the side jambs.
    12. Close the door and check for any gaps or air leaks.
    • Difficulty: Moderate
      installing weather stripping is easy enough, but it takes skill and experience to rout a groove in the door bottom.
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      Tools List

      • hammer
        Hammer, used to remove and replace the hinge pins
      • router
        Router and straight bit, for cutting a groove into the bottom end of the door
      • 3-inch wide paint brush
        3-inch paintbrush, used to apply tung oil

      Shopping List

      1. Mechanical weather stripping, for sealing door in opening

      2. Flexible, push-in weather stripping, for sealing head and side jambs

      3. Tung oil, used to seal routed groove

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