Asked on Sep 20, 2013

How do I fix these openings in the door?

by Teresa
Insects are entering through our entryway doors...what is the best solution for this?
q how do i fix these openings in the door, diy, doors, home maintenance repairs, how to
  13 answers
  • Lisa McGraw Lisa McGraw on Sep 20, 2013
    draw a chalk line just outside the door jam, insects wont cross the chalk line

  • Eva Eva on Sep 20, 2013
    How about something like this (Sorry, link is in portuguese) I think this is a good DIY project.Good Luck!

  • Teresa Teresa on Sep 20, 2013
    That's a good idea I bet I could make one! I'll get some chalk too, at this point I'm trying everything!

  • Teresa Teresa on Sep 20, 2013
    Thank you both!

  • Patricia W Patricia W on Sep 20, 2013
    we use weather strip. Its not just insects, its cold air coming through when it gets cold. measure the spaces then go get some.

  • Ala229987 Ala229987 on Sep 21, 2013
    To do it properly you need to remove door and frame work cut the door jambs 3/8" longer than the doors (so you can fit weatherstripping underneath) and re install with doorjambs sitting on the floor this will give you trim mold problems and will require wider trim all around....that's the proper way to retro fix this. You could also cut blocks for attachment to bottom of door ( I would attach with stainless steel screws as they wont rust) and leave room for weatherstripping. Glue & screw the block in and affix weatherstripping to bottom MAKE SURE YOU MEASURE PROPERLY.... @ LEAST 2-3 TIMES

  • I don't know how that happened but I commented a "Alan"

  • Teresa Teresa on Sep 21, 2013
    Yeah you're right I'm going to have to remove them and build up the bottom ;-/ was hoping it would be a simple fix but oh well lol is the best way the first method?

    • @Teresa By lowering the door jambs by cutting them off at the bottom you can lower your door to the exact height you want just remember to leave room for weatherstripping....You can probably take out as one piece once the trim is removed....I don't know your skills so hiring a handyman might be in order, but not a difficult fix.

  • Teresa Teresa on Sep 21, 2013
    I think it's mainly going to be getting the tools to complete the project, it sounds like a simple enough fix, I've never done anything like it but from your instructions it doesn't sound like something I can't manage on my own...I really appreciate your help!

  • You can email me if you like and I will give you more detailed instructions and a list of tools etc. you will need

  • Chuck Pigott Chuck Pigott on Sep 22, 2013
    call any of your local door & trim company's and ask for an insulation wedge, it is a small wedge shaped peice of door weather stripping that is sticky backed. We use them all the time on double doors.

  • Grouchy Grouchy on Apr 07, 2015
    Help answer this question...Paintable calk.

  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Aug 27, 2015
    The easiest way would be to cut pieces of thick cardboard the size of each bottom area of each door & attach it to the door by using screws or tacks & black duct tape over it to fill in the gaps evenly all around. The black duct tape will make it less noticeable also. :)