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    Default Steel entry door weatherstripping - where to find?

    I have a steel entry door, with steel jamb, between the garage and kitchen. The weatherstripping is worn out and I want to replace it. However, I can't find a manufacturer's name on the door or jamb, and I can't get the old weatherstripping out without completely destroying it.

    I've searched and haven't come up with anything promising. Any suggestions where to start? The weatherstripping is an extruded elastomer/rubber material, with a "bulb" shape. It seems to be glued/adhered to the steel jamb, but it's hard to tell without taking it apart.

    Thanks for any input.

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    I've used a weatherstrip material sometimes refered to as "smoke seal" on hollow metal frames before.. it's a rubber bulb type profile and comes with self adhering tape that sticks to the frame. I've bought it at commercial door and hardware suppliers. never seen it at a home center but you never know....good luck

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    jkm, thanks for the reply. Did you use something like this?

    http://www.specialtydoors.com/images/smokeseals1.gif

    I pulled a little of the weatherstrip out of the jamb, and it is simply pushed into a channel. The seal is extruded rubber, with a barbed shape to hold it in the channel. I think it's called a kerf-in door gasket. But what I find on the internet has the kerf in the stop, rather than the jamb. I need a seal that pushes into the jamb kerf/rabbet. The slot/kerf/rabbet is about 3/8" wide.

    Still looking but would appreciate any leads. Thanks.
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    If you happen to get Fine Homebuilding, there's a company that advertises that sort of stuff. You might also check www.rockler.com, they carry some stuff like that. I haven't looked through their catalog recently. If you're lucky, you might live near one of their stores - there's two within 40 miles or so of my house.
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    Chassis
    Yeah the stuff I was thinking of was similar to the profile S88 in the link you gave...sounds like you need a different animal though..wil the normal kerf type for wood jambs work in your situation? If so, thaats pretty common in the home centers.
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    Looked at Lowe's today for weatherstripping. Almost zero that came close to what I have. I'll try to post a pic.

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