Stopping draft in patio door

Hi Friends! Any help with this is appreciated...In the spring I will be replacing a patio door (partly seen here) with a new, better insulated one...but for now I need a temporary fix....there is quite a draft coming through and any suggestions on what to put between the door and the frame would be helpful; spray foam is not an option. Bear in mind that I am here alone and have no help from within...Thanks.
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  • Kini Kini on Dec 23, 2015
    Try some weather stripping. It has a peal and stick back. Plus insulated drape panels may also help to keep our the cold.
    • Miss Diane Schultz Miss Diane Schultz on Dec 23, 2015
      @Cindy Platt Hanlon Thanks Cindy; I already have the insulated drapes; will try the tape also; my house is on high ground and when the west wind blows, it hits that door; BRRRR!
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Dec 23, 2015
    If you are not using the door or don't mind walking around, you can get use this: I've used them in the past and they work very well. They are easy to install and rip off quickly if you need to get out in an emergency or fire.
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    • B. Enne B. Enne on Dec 24, 2015
      @Miss Diane Schultz you're welcome. It is odd because @Cindy Platt Hanlon 's comment and your response didn't show when I posted. :) I think there was a weather stripping kit for patio doors at HD as well.
  • Frandonley Frandonley on Dec 24, 2015
    If you don't use the door fold newspaper into length wise strips 2 to 4 inches wide then slide between fram and door where you feel draft. Use case knife to insert or other thin piece of metal. Stops draft and is cheap.
  • Michelle Michelle on Dec 24, 2015
    Here is what I did get a curtain rod just a simple one will do, go to do Dollar General or find inexpensive insulated drapes. Place the rod above the casing and close the curtain at night and push back during the day
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    • Lee Burdin Lee Burdin on Dec 25, 2015
      @Michelle I have the same problem. My sliding doors face NW so I get a terrible draft. This year I left my sheers up but put shrinkable plastic wrap around the doors. Then I left my curtains there and brought inexpensive thermal drapes at Menards on sale for $6 a piece. My sliding doors are 84 in. by 104 in. So I needed 3. i also checked the molding attached to the wall and there is a leak. I just put a rug near there. I am not buying new doors, because this bldg has settled some through the years. And new doors might not make a tight fit. I also checked the caulking outside the doors and it needs new caulking, I was lucky, the curtain i got from the thrift store, plastic cheap at Walmart, already had double curtain rods, found inexpensive pole rod. I had help putting it up from a friend. Now I am warm this weather.
  • Elizabeth Dion Elizabeth Dion on Dec 24, 2015
    For the base of the door sew a long straight tube, fill with cat litter and sew closed. This will stop ALL air flow at the bottom of the door.
    • Miss Diane Schultz Miss Diane Schultz on Dec 26, 2015
      @Elizabeth Dion Thank you Elizabeth; I do have these and they sure are helpful; it's the vertical issue I have; where the door closes up against the frame; I will figure it all out! we women can improvise anything!
  • Camaro1952 Camaro1952 on Dec 24, 2015
    I live in a ground floor apartment and have cheapo sliding glass dors. The draft was so bad it moved curtains and blinds. I cut bubble wrap into long strips about 6 inches wide and taped them around the whole door - I used duct tape- No more draft!!!
  • Jean Myles Jean Myles on Dec 24, 2015
    Check on Pinterest there are some posts about covering the window with bubble wrap.They say it works to help keep the cold or heat out. Good luck.
  • LindaK LindaK on Dec 26, 2015
    Hey that Bubble wrap idea is clever, and it lets in the light.
  • Connie Songbird Connie Songbird on Jun 17, 2016
    A swimming pool Noodle !