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Old 07-21-2007, 01:12 AM   #1
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I have a front door that lets in much water into the floor during rains. I am replacing the thresh hold, and sealing it on both sides. I am thinking of adding a door sweep as additional help to keeping out water (after doing some repairs to the door)

The problem is the door opens inwards. So every time you open the door you drag the sweep over the threshold, and over the carpet, and when you close the door you will reverse the process. Obviously that would put much wear and tear on everything, plus when it rains will drag water and dirt over the carpet.

Are sweeps supposed to be installed in doors opening inwards? Is there a solution for this problem?

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Old 07-21-2007, 06:46 AM   #2
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replace the threshold with one that has a Seal on it.

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Old 07-21-2007, 06:55 AM   #3
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My suggestion: Remove the carpeting at the entrance location to create about a 4'x4' or 5'x5' area. Install something like ceramic tile there, or other type of hard surfaced flooring. (Install carper transition molding as needed, etc)... Much easier to maintain and clean up.....(Then install yout door sweep)
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The door issue is the effect, what's the cause? Is water pooling by the door? Is there a roof to protect the entranceway? Storm door? You can't fix the problem by trying to turn the threshold into a dam. You need to figure out why so much water is by the front door and address that.. Post some pictures of the entrance from the exterior.
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Here is the door
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The overhand is very short, maybe six inches. Plenty of rain hits the door head on. The bottom three inches of moulding (I think that's the name) on the surface of the door is cracked and rotted, I'm going to chip it off and replace it with a 1/4 inch board.

You can see the threshold I removed. It was intact but the rubber stuff was cracked and broken. I plan to clean and seal the wood before I install a new threshold. The carpet behind the door was soaked during heavy rains.
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Install a storm door. This way the rain doesn't hit the wood.
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Old 07-22-2007, 08:39 AM   #8
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I agree with Ron on the storm door idea.. That door looks like it takes a full hit in a hard rain and the water is just sheeting down the door.

At the very least, you need a sweep with a drip cap to divert the water away from the bottom of the door. An auto door bottom might help since its an inswing, but I would go with the storm.
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Get up on a step stool and see if you have flashing (metal) on your top trim peices. If not you might have another problem.
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A storm door is out of my financial range at this moment. I'll find a drip cap. I did not know what those were, and the local home depo did not have anything like that on display.

I've been sealing the top of trim around the place with aluminum flashing. Thanks for the reminder.
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A door sweep with a drip cap just has an inverted "U" shaped part on the outside of the door to direct water away from the threshold. Try Pemko.com for some examples.
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A storm door is out of my financial range at this moment. I'll find a drip cap. I did not know what those were, and the local home depo did not have anything like that on display.

I've been sealing the top of trim around the place with aluminum flashing. Thanks for the reminder.
Don't underestimate Lowe's or Home Depot for discounts. Typically, they have plenty of doors that are special order returns, nicked, dented, or otherwise damaged cosmetically, but function perfectly well. Based on the weather abuse that your door is likely to see, I don't think you'll mind getting something less than perfect for your needs. I've seen and bought doors from Lowe's like this for pennies on the dollar. I got a 36" insulated steel door for free, and a insulated wood door for $15, not to mention my pick of storm doors for $15 or less. Ask around and see if they have any damaged or special order storm doors, which were return or not picked up, or some damaged stock that they want to get rid of. There's bound to be something that will fit your opening. You might get lucky.

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Excellent suggestion. I remember walking into Lowes during a clearance event and they had storm doors for $15.00.
In the Jericho, LI store they are having a clearance event now.
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Hmm, interesting idea. I'll keep my eyes open. Hopefully they'll have discounts on regular screen doors as well.

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