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nolahand 09-17-2012 11:38 PM

uneven gap at bottom of door
I live in what my neighbors call a "hurricane house." Every repair done after Katrina is like the project of a 4 year old. We moved in 3 months ago and the palmetto bugs and other assorted cockroaches were ridiculous. One of the entry points is a door in the kitchen that I tried to put a door sweep on, but still has an enormous gap on the right side. The threshold is totally uneven concrete and the door itself is a very odd shape, not a rectangle to be sure. I have no idea how to close this gap. I've been shoving plastic bags under the door to try to keep the bugs out, but I'm sure there is a better way?!!!

epson 09-17-2012 11:40 PM

please post some pic's

joecaption 09-18-2012 11:08 AM

Need to figure out if it's the floor that sunk, or the framing and jambs of the door are off.
Just check it with a level.
With a picture and more info on how out of level and plumb the door is we can figure it out.

hammerlane 09-18-2012 11:14 AM


Originally Posted by nolahand (Post 1012128)
but still has an enormous gap on the right side...

which side is the right side? If you are on the outside of the door the right side is different than if you were on the inside of the door.

Hinge side of door or lock side of door would be a better description.

nolahand 09-18-2012 12:31 PM

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Here are some photos...

joecaption 09-18-2012 01:07 PM

There's several differant ways to fix it.
The simplest way but not the best way would be to cut a tapered shim, that's been primed and painted on all sides and attach it to the bottom of the door.

The best way would be to install an adjustabe threshold and add a seal to the bottom of the door.
A lot more work and you would have to have an ossilating saw to be able to get the sides to fit properly. But it can be done.
You also would have to cut the door shorter inorder to fit the new threshold.

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