Asked on Dec 06, 2017

Cold air coming through the lock in the door!

by Dnr31316400
In short. We had cold air coming in through the cracks in the front door.
So we bought a NEW pre hung door. Had a handyman install it. now there is still air coming in the house cause at the bottom of the dooor there is a piece of flat wood that should have kept the air out but the handyman botched the job. Now there is more air coming in through the bottom of the door. Handyman get their money and dont worry about being called back for another job cause they know they did a lousy job but they got their money. What kind of business people are they? Ok back to my question. I am too old to fix this.

Question #1. so how do we stop the air from coming in? I dont have anymore money to pay anyone. This is so terrible. I dont know what to do.

Question #2. Cold air still coming in through the space around the door where the lock of the door is. . I really cant tell you how botched this job is.. We are so cold. help.

  5 answers
  • Shoshana Shoshana on Dec 06, 2017

    We put weather stripping on the door in the winter to help conserve the heat

  • Bijous Bijous on Dec 06, 2017

    I am so sorry you had this happen.

    1. There are stick on door sweeps that are inexpensive that will help. Also make a roll out of a towel and put at the bottom of the door. Use a pot holder on the door knob and use string to attach. Make sure the holder covers the lock. You can then swing the holder out of the way to open and it won't be a problem on the other side.
    2. You can also hang a blanket from a curtain rod with curtain clips so that you can slide it out of the way to open the door.
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  • Dfm Dfm on Dec 07, 2017

    the door sweeps that have fins on the bottom work really well. I’ve put duct tape or painters tape across key holes and out lets. Stops the cold air from coming in. Rolled up bath towel at the bottom of the doors, on window sills. You may qualify for weatherizing help. Give your county extension offce jingle. Had some college students come out to help me put up the plastic shrink wrap, weather striping. In the mean time, you can put up a plastic picnic cloth or shower curtain across the door and use the painters tape to seal it off. The blue tape works’s low tack and hasn’t peeled any paint off.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Dec 07, 2017

    Let us know what state you live in we'll give you agencies that can help you with your delema. They have volunteers, that help the eldery, and it's in the area of their expertise.

    • Stephanie Rountree Stephanie Rountree on Dec 07, 2017

      I didn't know there were agencies to help the elderly. Could you direct me to the agencies in TN? Thank you.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Dec 08, 2017

    Call your local senior services, for volunteers to do work (pro bono) free. Order online at, for a free book called Consumer Action Handbook it's free. These people do small repairs, that they have knowledge in. Depending on what problem your having, I would need to know this in order to direct you to the proper agency.

    • Dnr31316400 Dnr31316400 on Dec 08, 2017

      Thanks everyone for answering my S-O-S! I am trying to do the things mentioned and will definitely do the little things that I can. I live in CA and will look for the local senior services . I have downloaded the Consumer Action Handbook and will see whats there. Thanks so much for all answers. I really appreciate you all. I hope I can find the volunteers to do the pro bono work. God bless you all. Thanks again. i am not going to close this out right away in case some one has something else to add that will help others too. Thanks.