Meg Makes: Old-fashioned weather stripping fills the gap in our bungalow's original front door

Meg Makes: Old-fashioned weather stripping fills the gap in our bungalow's original front door

I know weatherstripping isn't a blog topic that's going to get everyone excited.

However, when you have an old house and have tried just about every kind of weatherstripping sold in the winterization aisle, you feel like shouting from the rooftops when you have a workable solution.

So, what was the winner at our house? Brass weatherstripping, which it turns out, you buy in a roll at the hardware store. It cost us about $15 and took a half hour or less to put up.

It comes with tiny nails, and you'll need a tape measure, a hammer and some metal snips to weatherstrip your door.

To install it, Rob tore off three different kinds of weatherstripping we tried using, but just wouldn't fill the somewhat large, uneven gap in the left side of our front door.

Blog Photo(I'm pretty sure we've tried a new kind every winter, and what he pulled off didn't include the foam we tried last winter. Our horrible cat did that job for us promptly after we put it up.)

He and I measured the piece he planned to install, and he hammered dozens of tiny nails into existing holes on one side on the weatherstripping.

It works because the door closes on the nailed edge, fanning out the unnailed edge toward the outside of the door to seal the gap between the door and frame.

(You can see the two edges in the photo, which also illustrates that our front door frame has been through some hard times, both during and before our time owning it.)

Rob trimmed it around our door latch and lock, but even those gaps aren't bad. After nailing it, he bent that unnailed edge out a bit to eliminate any existing gaps.

Right away, I noticed the door sounded different just as it closed. It's hard to explain, but it's so much more airtight now. It's also (obviously) letting in less cold air, which I really appreciate, as the door is located in our living room.

So - if you've struggled with plastic and foam weatherstripping, try the brass stuff next time. I couldn't be happier with it in our house.

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