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Theres a Better Way

Stop Drafts With a Homemade Door Sweep

comments (0) December 21st, 2012
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

For use with multi-clip THERE's A BETTER WAY BLOG posts only

Video Length: 1:15
Produced by: John Ross and Chuck Miller

If you've got an old house, you probably have doors that leak air at the bottom. You could put in some shiny aluminum thresholds with sweeps that would stand out like a sore thumb, but there's a better way.

Don Mathis of Macomb, IL, uses ordinary materials to make a very serviceable door sweep that looks right at home in an older house. Don first uses a router to cut a 1/2-in. by 1/2-in. slot in the bottom of the door. Into that he puts a folded strip of EPDM roofing membrane--that's the same stuff they use to make inner tubes--and he holds that in place with a length of 12-ga. Romex wire. And the Romex wire is clamped in place with 1-1/2-in. drywall screws spaced 4-in. on center.

The EPDM makes a U-shaped flap that hangs underneath the door and can be trimmed to match the imperfections in an old floor. Bang, done. Awesome tip, Don. Thank you for sending that, buddy.


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