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Old 11-17-2012, 10:57 PM   #1
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Hello,

Our southern facing front door has no covering (porch, awning) and leaks at the sides during hard rains.

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I added that black weatherstripping last week in anticipation of the wet weather. Anyone have any suggestions?

Happy to add daylight photos later. Thank you so much!
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:46 PM   #2
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put on a storm door...


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Old 11-18-2012, 07:10 AM   #3
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Storm door will help but the source of the leak is likely between the bottom of the frame and under the threshold.

You can try to apply sealant to the outside but they are often times a temporary solution given that some rot has probably already started.
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The door really should pulled and re-installed with door sill pan flashing then a storm door.
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One seal I have tryed and liked is this one.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...6D3E&first=147
If you install one make sure the door is shut and the dead bolt is set before adjusting it. Predrill pilot holes for the screws or you'll round the heads of the screws off and split the jamb.

It's installed on the outside of the door. Any Lowes or HD carrys it.

First Check to make sure the door is closing tight. Close the door and pull the knob in and out. If it moved the latch plate needs adjusting. Look in the hole where the latch drops in. Most have a rectanguler hole in them that you can insert a flat screw driveer to adjust them.

Look under the door to make sure the sweep is not worn off.
If there's a gap and the sweep is of that threshold is adjustable. A #3 phillips screw driver can jack it up by just turning the screws in a clock wise direction.
If you go to high back them off and tap the strip back down with a rubber hammer or a block of wood and a hammer.
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I'm assuming that pulling the door would involve disturbing the stucco? I'd hate to have to go through all that as both the door and the stucco are less than three years old. We had the siding, doors and windows replaced when we first moved in. We also had to replace a bunch of the framing around the door as it had the same problem but the original owners never bothered to do anything about it. This wall takes the brunt of all our weather.

I'll try that other weatherstripping to see if it doesn't make it better.

I didn't think of a storm door, they are pretty rare around here. I'd love to figure this out and move on to finishing our flooring and trim.
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Depends on how the door was set.

If it set as a frame jump (z bar), stucco might be fine.
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No z bar. It's styrofoam trim around the door.

We've had two really mild winters since having it all done so I'm hoping everything is still solid.

I've contacted the GC who did the door for us. He's a pretty upstanding guy. He's really busy trying to finish a project before winter really hits so if there's anything I can do so he doesn't have to come try to fix it (at no cost to me, which he's offered to do) I'd like to try it.

Don't have a good relationship with the stucco guys though, which is another reason I'm hesitant to mess with the stucco.
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One seal I have tryed and liked is this one.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...6D3E&first=147
If you install one make sure the door is shut and the dead bolt is set before adjusting it. Predrill pilot holes for the screws or you'll round the heads of the screws off and split the jamb.

It's installed on the outside of the door. Any Lowes or HD carrys it.

First Check to make sure the door is closing tight. Close the door and pull the knob in and out. If it moved the latch plate needs adjusting. Look in the hole where the latch drops in. Most have a rectanguler hole in them that you can insert a flat screw driveer to adjust them.

Look under the door to make sure the sweep is not worn off.
If there's a gap and the sweep is of that threshold is adjustable. A #3 phillips screw driver can jack it up by just turning the screws in a clock wise direction.
If you go to high back them off and tap the strip back down with a rubber hammer or a block of wood and a hammer.
I have used those many a time...
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check at the location of the yellow arrow....this piece can be taken off be loosening the "screw" pointed to in red. I had simialr issue where a garage entry door was leaking. After I loosened all the screws pointed to in red and remioved the piece, the base was cracked.
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You could delete that trim detail around the stucco and go back with a flat casing like Azek or similar PVC board.

+1 to the other suggestions and recommended investigation points.

A good water test with someone that really knows their craft is worth its weight in gold.
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OK, I've called local door companies and looked in HD and Lowes and storm doors are apparently hard to come by in these parts. It looks like I'm going to have to order one on-line.

Hints, tips and suggestions highly appreciated. I need quality more than affordability but don't want to overspend. Would rather it be at least halfway attractive.

Thank you so much!
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Hard to belive storm doors are hard to come by. Both my Lowes and HD have at least 10 differant styles of doors on display.
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