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« on: November 23, 2007 11:01:49 PM »

Is it possible to make a vertical draft dodger?  My front door has a terrible seal where the latch and deadbolt are, and it lets in a lot of cold air.  Can I do anything about this?
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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2007 12:37:46 AM »

Is it possible to make a vertical draft dodger?  My front door has a terrible seal where the latch and deadbolt are, and it lets in a lot of cold air.  Can I do anything about this?

Is it a metal door or frame?  If so, make something magnetic and just stick it over the region.
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2007 09:28:35 AM »

Well, the lock is metal, maybe that would be enough.  Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2007 02:07:58 PM »

Well, what about applying a small, strong magnet or piece of metal to the top and the bottom, then making a draft dodger with small magnets to attach to those points?
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2007 02:16:34 PM »

Yeah, I know what you mean.  I have complained to my apartment about the sunlight and porch light I see coming through the vertical crack and bottom of my front door.  They seem not to care.  I made a draft dodger for the bottom of the door and it works quite well (filled with cheap clay kitty litter).  I think if you get something thin and fairly flat, maybe a flattened rectangle shape, heavy enough to press against the door, then find a way to attach it... maybe put something in the door frame near the top and let it hang over the crack?? 

It may be easier just for you to open your door for 30 mins (it'll be cold, yes) and put some new weatherstripping in there.  You can buy the foam sticky stuff for about $10 at Walmart and Target.
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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2007 10:34:30 AM »

We had the light coming in too, but my husband tightened the screws on whatever-it's called that is attached to the frame that catches the latch on the door.  That seemed to help, though now we need to slam the door to make it close all the way.  Undecided
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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2007 03:37:02 PM »

We had the light coming in too, but my husband tightened the screws on whatever-it's called that is attached to the frame that catches the latch on the door.  That seemed to help, though now we need to slam the door to make it close all the way.  Undecided

My maintenance guy hasn't bothered fixing my door yet either and I'm in the middle of an ice storm and am COOOOLD.  Maybe I'll tighten my own screws  Smiley  I'm assuming my door has screws... maybe I should look. ha ha

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