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Thread: Steel entry door weatherstripping - where to find?

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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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    I have got the same problem, but worse. A steel door and jam with no weather strip.

    Most strip is screw on. I am not going to do that with this door.

    There must be a self-adhesive solution somewhere.

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    Plenty of adhesive foam to be had. Frost King makes both open-cell and closed-cell types.
    http://www.frostking.com/ourproducts.php

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    I've learned that I have a Therma Tru 90 minute fire door with steel frame. I looked up the number on the i.d. tag but it didn't come up on Therma Tru's website. I will call them tomorrow.

    The real stumbling block is that the weatherstripping I have fits into a 7/16" kerf, and the kerf is parallel with the door plane, or perpendicular to the jamb. This is 90 degrees from all other kerf weatherstripping I have seen in HD/Lowe's, which is parallel with the jamb and perpendicular to the door plane.

    So the kerf orientation, and the kerf size are my two issues. I'll find out when I call Therma Tru if this is a discontinued design. Hopefully they can steer me to replacement weatherstrip.

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    Default Steel Door Bottom weatherstripping

    This link may be what you are looking for. My steel door uses the No. MC under the Product Description.
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    Hello. I do not see the web link you mention. Thanks.

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    I am searching for this similar issue as well. I have a steel door in the entry way between my house and my garage. THere are no markings on the door to indicate the manufacturer. The door is steel. The old door bottom slides in and out from the bottom of the door. Anything I have found at HD or Lowes or Ace has the striaght up tabs that slide into the kerf. I need something on the top that will slide in that looks like an upside down "L".

    I'd love some help on this.

    db

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    Generally the weatherstipping under the threshhold can just be pulled out, buy new at one of the box stores by comparing what you have. You don't necessarily need to find the exact shape, they tend to get squished when they make the seal.

    The same almost applies to the sides and top of the door frame with the exception that you might have to (gently) pull the trim up slightly as those peices are often nailed in (but not throught) under the trim.
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    Steel Orange:

    That doesn't apply here because I have purchased all possibilities at HD and Lowes to try them. The closest that I found has two strips sticking up and they are about 1/2 inch or maybe 3/8 inch. Mine can not be longer than 1/8 inch. When I use the others it doesn't squish...the door just doesn't shut.

    I added pictures...showing how it slides out (http://www.afsportsbets.com/pictures/DSCF1325.jpg) and the straight on view showing the limited opening that i have (http://www.afsportsbets.com/pictures/DSCF1331.jpg)

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    Interesting. My garage/house door is steel as well but the weatherstripping isn't part of the door, it's part of the jam/frame assembly.

    I see your problem but I am of no help there. Good luck.
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