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keith
Help, i'm to broke for the only solution i think is left,
keith

I have one of those door units going out to my deck where only one side opens. Trouble is, when it rains water comes in under the door in the middle, it is ruining my wood floor and my wife is begining to doubt my carpentry skills. I have tried replacing the rubber sweep, tried a sweep that slides over the bottom of the door that is screwed on, etc. after a few open and closes the bottom wipers get torn off and i have my problem again, if fact the problem never goes away. There are no tags or names on the door for me to seek a solution from the mfg. i have even replaced the foam strips on the sides to no avail. I am begining to think replacing the door is my only solution. The unit is 5 ft wide, bronze aluminum exterier, pine interior. Any suggestions for keeping floor dry other than a towel, i've tried that.
Thanks,

dj1
Re: Help, i'm to broke for the only solution i think is left,
dj1

Two things:

1. Are you sure it's leaking because of a defective sweep? If you are 100% sure, an awning might help in taking rain water away from the slider.
2. Could it be leaking from the deck (if the deck is the same elevation as the slider's bottom frame), under the slider's frame? If that's the case, you will have to lower the deck.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Help, i'm to broke for the only solution i think is left,
Mastercarpentry
dj1 wrote:

Two things:
under the slider's frame? If that's the case, you will have to lower the deck.

Or if there's room raise the threshold and door till it's higher than the deck. Be sure to flash correctly before putting the door back and that should solve the problem. Pull the top molding to see how much you can raise the door, 1/2" added under it should be adequate but go 3/4" if there's room. You can also slightly cut into the header for more headroom without worry if there's no more space. Only once did I have to shorten the door and frame to do this because of a deck above the lower door, otherwise it's pretty easy to do.

Phil

keith
Re: Help, i'm to broke for the only solution i think is left,
keith

Thanks for the feedback I apprieciate folks who take the time to respond. First, I am sure the waters not following the deck in under the door because when walking out the door you must step down about 5in to land on deck. After more thought Im going to try putting some highpowered duct tape on the edges of the fixed side to verify the waters not coming in under bad caulk. By the way on this unit the door that opens is a hinged door, not sliding. Its hinged in the middle.

Fencepost
Re: Help, i'm to broke for the only solution i think is left,
Fencepost

Sometimes the manufacturer name is on a plate on the top of the swinging door.

(BTW, you may see a label named "Warnock Hersey." That's not a door manufacturer, that's a testing lab kind of like Underwriters' Laboratories.)

If you can post some pictures to a photo sharing site such as photobucket, then put a link to it here, then we'll have a better idea what you're up against.

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