31 Days of Handy Home Fixes | Pretty Handy Girl

Welcome to Day 5 of my 31 Days of Handy Home Fixes. Winter is fast approaching and now is a good time to assess your doors and windows. Do you feel a draft by your window when the wind kicks up outside? Can you see daylight seeping through your door?

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If you answered yes to either of those questions, you are throwing away money on heating and cooling your home. Today I’ll show you a super quick fix to make your home more energy efficient and weather tight.

Day 5. Add Weatherstripping to Doors and Windows

The photo above is a picture of the gap between our front doors. We were losing heat and letting the cold air inside through this gap. The solution is as simple as buying a roll of foam weatherstripping.

Adding Foam Weatherstripping | Pretty Handy Girl

Peel off a section of weatherstripping. Press it onto the door jamb. Peel off the protective paper. Test your door by closing it and look again for light.

Adding Foam Weatherstripping | Pretty Handy Girl

No drafts will be sneaking in here! You can also use the same weatherstripping on the bottom of your old windows.

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8 replies
  1. Ivory
    Ivory says:

    Thank God for you posting this, because, several years ago, my hubby put a very think weatherstripping around the door. When we woke tge next morning, tge door had popped open. I was so afraid, I thought (although I am a very light sleeper) someone had broken in an kidnapped our son. I frozen in my tracks, start yelling to my hubby to come check to see if our son still in his bed? He was, thanks to God. I refused to let my hubby tagle weatherstripping again. With your wonderful tutorial, I think I will be able to put weatherstripping around our door. Also, buying the proper weatherstripping. Thank you! Thanks you! By tge way, we now have a high tech alarm system. Yeah!!!

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  2. Linda Weeks
    Linda Weeks says:

    right you are about weatherstripping – I tried to do it last winter, pretty much made a mess of it… and now I have this stickystuff where I peeled it off this summer! I hope I will be able to do it better this year!

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  3. Soo Yi
    Soo Yi says:

    What about the bottom/underside of the door? I think my weather strip needs to be replaced (7 years since the house was built). Do take the door off its hinges?

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  4. paula
    paula says:

    Wow that looks really easy. I can see light coming through my front doors. They are double doors. I cannot wait to give this a try. Even I should be able to do this. And where on the bottom of the window do you put the weather stripping? Thanks so much for this series

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Paula, I should have taken a picture. Open your window. You can put the weatherstripping on the underside of the window. There is likely a thin metal or vinyl strip installed on your window, but the foam is great at compressing if you window ledge isn’t perfectly level.

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  5. Patty
    Patty says:

    We just put brand new, weather tight windows in our home but we didn’t put weather stripping around our doors. Thank you for the suggestion – it will be first thing done tomorrow.

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