Keeping Cold Air Out When Door Jam is Not Plumb

My exterior door jamb is not plumb side to side is there a way to keep the cold air out?

TJ from Southern Illinois

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November 10, 20080 found this helpful

Go to your hardware store or Home Depot and get weatherstriping. Most salesmen call tell you which one to get and how to put on.

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Look also at the hinges. It's possible that one has come loose from the frame or the door. Sometimes, it's just a matter of getting some longer screws and replacing the old ones.

I am a property manager, and Gorilla Glue on door screws makes all the difference in the world. You just need a little bit, then immediatly screw it in. A power drill is best, so nothing runs down the door. If that happens just wipe it off fast. If you don't, you may shut the door for a few hours, and when you open it, either a chunk of door frame or door will come off, or at the very least, some of the nice paint.

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Remember that a 1/16th of an inch gap doesn't sound like much, but for every inch tall that gap goes up, you double it. So, if you have a gap that is 1/16th of an inch wide and 16" tall, you might as well have a 1" by 1" hole in your wall.

Check around windows now before the weather gets nasty. Another bad leak is around the drain pipes under the sinks, etc.

Make sure the styrofoam blocks are in place in your crawl space air ducts. That keeps your bills from going through the roof and keeps you families feet warm.

A body cannot long survive if their are "leaks" in it's system. A house can, but your electric or gas bill won't do as well, either.

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