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Old 02-03-2014, 11:44 AM   #1
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Gap in door for weatherstripping.


I can't win.

Learned I could pull out old gummy weatherstripping around door. Painted door trim and today tried to put new weatherstripping in but that gap where weatherstripping goes in is filled with paint in many places. Never thought to clean it out or check it when paint was wet.

I'm trying to clear the gap with a Box cutter and it's not easy. Tried a screwdriver and my arms are tired.

Wonder if my Dremel will clear that narrow strip without making it too wide so that weatherstripping falls out.

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Utility knife is your best bet with a proper and sharp blade on it.

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A 5 n 1 putty knife works well also, using the point to dig out the paint.
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If you are careful --a multi-tool would make fast work cleaning out the groove.
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Ok, I have a putty knife like that. I'm having trouble on the side near the hinges and will have to wait for a dry day and take the door off.

Then, the old weatherstripping had a flatter edge which slipped into the frame groove. The new weatherstripping has a thicker edge and I can't get it in the grove. The flat edge is ribbed and it's just not going in.

I think I'll look online for some similar to the old style. HD had it a few months ago but now they don't carry it.
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In this area ACE hardware is the place I find the best variety of weather strips----
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Thanks mike,

One last question for now. In post # 3, the photo of the putty knife..........why is one side cut out in a circle shape?
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Thanks mike,

One last question for now. In post # 3, the photo of the putty knife..........why is one side cut out in a circle shape?
SO, it is used to remove excess paint from roller covers.
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Wow, I did not know that. I've been using my fingers and my entire hand gets covered in paint and it runs down my arm.
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A painters tool is mighty handy to have around the house---
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If you find the multi-tool blade or the utility knife tend to cut the wood, try the squared end of a metal strap or metal joist hanger- they are different thicknesses. Drag it down the groove/dado to clean, it has less tendency to cut wood where you don't want/need.

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