Stop drafts and save energy by adjusting the bottom sweep on your exterior doors. It usually takes less than five minutes.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:July / August 2005
Lower the sweep until it just blocks out light coming underneath. Then tighten the screws.
If your storm door drags on the threshold
or lets in blowing snow, take a look
at the lower edge. Most metal storm
doors have an adjustable sweep that can
slide up or down. Just loosen the screws
on the inside of the door, raise or lower
the sweep, and then tighten the screws.
If the sweep is stuck, open the door, grab
the underside with both hands and pull
up as if you were trying to lift the door.
That will break the sweep free. Making
the adjustment is easiest on a sunny day:
Position the sweep so that its rubber
strip presses against the threshold just
enough to block out sunlight. If the rubber
gasket under the sweep is damaged
and won't provide a good seal, you may
be able to order a new sweep.
Look for the manufacturer's nameplate
(usually on the hinge side of the metal
frame). Then search for the manufacturer's contact information online. Some
major manufacturers have online order
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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