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NABRIL 04-29-2011 01:44 PM

Help with door astragal
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I recently replaced the 2 doors to my master bedroom; they consist of 2 doors with an astragal in the middle. Unfortunately, the opening made by the previous owner is about 1/4 inch too wide. So when you look at the closed doors from the inside, you see (in this order):
Left door edge, 1/4 inch gap, 1/4 inch astragal nailed to right door.

So I ask, what can I do to eliminate that 1/4 inch gap? Are thicker astragals available that I can use to close that gap?
It's not horribly ugly, but kind of a pain to see that gap. A visit to Lowes yesterday gave me an idea to put a 1/4 inch molding in between the astragal and the right door, and then caulk the edges.

Any suggestions?

oh'mike 04-29-2011 02:13 PM

A picture would help-----

I assume that you don't have any advanced wood working tools or skills----Making a new astragal

would be the natural thing to do if you have the tools.---Overlaying a thin strip on top of the existing work will do if you are neat.---Mike----

NABRIL 04-29-2011 02:37 PM

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THANKS oh mike

Yes, I meant to upload a picture, but I am at work at the moment.

No, I dont own many tools. But your thought is to make one myself if I had the tools right? Get a thin piece of wood and mold it to look like a T?
Was that your thought? Wait. You meant to lay a thin strip on top of my right door. BUt then I will have a 1/2 inch gap between doors, no?

oh'mike 05-01-2011 08:11 AM

I would make a new T-shaped piece---Very easy do do with a table saw and a router----

Not so easy if you don't have access to those two tools.

---good luck,Mike---

epson 05-01-2011 09:08 AM

I believe you can get a (T) Astragal in aluminum and bronze if you don’t have tools to make your own. Just a thought…

NABRIL 05-01-2011 07:20 PM

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thank you both. I attached a pic to better illustrate; the pic was taken from the inside of the bedroom.

Since I dont have the tools and perhaps knowledge, I am thinking the easiest way to get rid of that gap (the vertical black line in the pic) is to nail a 1/4" straight molding to the left door. I've looked for astragals online, but havent cross across too many companies.
My concerns with adding the molding are:
1) How do you hide the small gaps between it and the door. I have the same concern with the gaps between the right door and the existing astragal. How do you seal that up? Caulking?

2) If I add that molding to the left door, what happens to the deadbolt that now sticks out perfectly out of the door. Would I have to use one with a different backset to compensate for the additional width?

oh'mike 05-01-2011 08:02 PM

If you add a 1/4" strip to fill the gap---add it to the astragal--not the door---

NABRIL 05-01-2011 08:07 PM

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Originally Posted by oh'mike (Post 640400)
If you add a 1/4" strip to fill the gap---add it to the astragal--not the door---

Loud duh to myself.

How do I fill in the gaps between additional molding and astragal and door? What do I use?

oh'mike 05-01-2011 08:17 PM

If it's to be painted use latex painters caulk.

If it is to be stained and varnished---Just make it perfect to begin with--:laughing:

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