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Video:How to Replace Weather Stripping in Older Doors

with Jesse Blanchard

Replacing old weather stripping is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to increase the efficiency of your home. See how it's done!See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Replace Weather Stripping in Older Doors

My name is Jesse Blanchard for About.com, and I am going to show you how to replace the weather stripping on an old door. Replacing old weather stripping is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to increase the efficiency of your home.

Remove the Weather Stripping

Remove the old weather stripping from the top and two sides of the door. You may find that you can use a putty knife to pull out the stripping and the nails at the same time if you're careful.

Once you remove the stripping you'll want to go back and remove any nails that may be left. You can use a flat head screwdriver to work it out. Be careful not to damage the wood.

Replace the Weather Stripping

The weather stripping you want will come in a roll like this with paper on the outside and sticky side on the inside.

Start at the top of the door frame pushing the new weather stripping firmly into place. Work your way all the way to the bottom and then cut with scissors. Once the stripping is in place you can peel off the white paper. Repeat this process for the top edge.

The inside edge weather stripping goes in a different spot. You want to put that here so that when the door closes it will give you an air tight seal.

When to Update Weather Stripping

A good time to update your weather stripping is when you go to paint your door. Not only will it be easier to paint, sometimes you can close the door before the paint dries if you have not put the new weather stripping into place yet.

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