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Are you beginning to feel the chill of winter time already?
If you are beginning to feel the drafts, maybe its time to size up the doors in your home and see if the weather stripping is worn, torn or altogether missing.

Keeping a good seal on the doors and windows in your home will not only save energy, but it is absolutely imperative for keeping a comfortable temperature and not losing part of your precious heat to the outside world.
Replacing weather stripping on newer doors and windows isn’t going to be at all difficult as you an usually push the older stripping out and slide in new stuff in the grooves.

You can find weather stripping at any hardware store or home supply, home builders store, and while there are many kinds available to you, the best bet is really the foam variety, or wrapped foam, because it is durable and stands up well against abrasions and other types of wear.

The vinyl type isn’t as hardy and won’t cover the gaps as well but it does look neat and thin in the door frame.

Here’s what you’re going to need to put some barriers between the outside world and you:
Weather Stripping
Caulking and a caulking gun
Utility knife
Tape measure

Go over your house and find everything and anything that needs to be sealed.

Measure the lengths you’re going to need and begin to cut.
Measure the bottom of the window and cut a strip of foam to fit.

I am currently using the foam stripping that just needs to be peeled and stuck down., so all thats necessary really is that you cut it to fit, peel the backing paper and place light pressure onto the foam as you press it into place on the bottom of the window.

On your door frame you’re going to want something a bit more durable since it will be taking a lot more traffic than the window during the winter time.
For around the door, your options are durable compression stripping that can by used by cutting it with tin snips, or metal strips which have vinyl inserts which will block a great deal more air. These are then nailed into place using a hammer and some small nails. Make sure that the nails are driven in all the way so they don’t interfere with the doors workings.

Make sure that everything has a nice snug fit and then use the hand to test again for cold air entering the home.

If there are bigger areas that need to be sealed, use a caulking gun  and silicone caulking to assure that the home is better sealed, by firmly pressing on the plunger and applying caulking to the holes and cracks and then finishing as necessary, trimming the caulking excess away using the utility knife..


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