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Old 02-07-2014, 02:45 PM   #1
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When I get up in the morning and head to work the bottom of my exterior door sticks.
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Need a picture of the threshold.
For one thing all sides of a door need to be primed and painted.
Now every time the humidly changes or it rains the door swells up.

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I'm having the same problem with my Pella slider door. It doesn't seal properly and when it's very cold outside it sticks - after it hasn't been opened for hours. It hasn't happened in the warmer months.

In the area where it doesn't seal properly, the warm air from inside the house and the freezing air from outside come together and cause condensation, which turns to ice and makes it difficult to open the door. The only thing I've found that helps is de-icer in a spray bottle.

The front door we used to have froze shut once in a while too and I'd use a hair dryer to get it open. Since it's been replaced, it hasn't happened with the new door.

You may need to replace the seal on your door or, if it's warped, replace the door. A door that's stuck like that creates a death trap if there's a fire in the house and your family can't open it to get out.
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Need a picture of the threshold.
For one thing all sides of a door need to be primed and painted.
Now every time the humidly changes or it rains the door swells up.
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How about "pic(s)" of the inside and the outside of the door -
back far enough to see the whole door.

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Door is drawing water from the bottom up. French doors are notorious leakers.

Whats the underside of the stile look like?
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You need a better bottom sweep other than the little draft-stop flashing shown; http://www.homedepot.com/s/exterior%...20sweep?NCNI-5

Sure looks as if the installer put the foam poly wedge on the sill rather than on the jamb given you a capillary wick for water, Chapter #6- item #5 on pp.7; http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...,d.cGU&cad=rja

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Sure looks as if the installer put the foam poly wedge on the sill rather than on the jamb given you a capillary wick for water

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It was on the jamb but peeled off. See the tape residue.

Happens all the time.
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Could be..... never know for sure. When they started the "wedge" in 2000, the door manufacturers sticker (much bigger size) was always right there where the tape residue was, we had to remove the sticker and add the foam wedge there... to all the 130+ doors till I stopped framing new construction in 2003. I agree- some didn't stick very good, required a dab of glue added.The wedges on doors (around here) were much smaller- about the exact size of the one remaining at strike jamb; pictured that is covering the sill raised ribs resulting in the capillary wicking and water stains on the bottom outer edge of the door.

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