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Old 01-08-2011, 07:16 PM   #1
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All - stunningly awesome resource here.

We've installed a pet door in our sliding glass door. Now I've heard that patio doors aren't known as being particularly energy efficient. With the slip in dog door I think we've made it even more so.

In the pic below, the arrows represent where I think the worst draft is coming from and the oval shows where I can feel the air. Because the door is halfway open, the felt seal isn't making contact with the glass (when closed it is normally pressed against the metal frame which sticks out a CM or two from the glass).

Any ideas on what we can do to stop this draft? And yes, the fake wood paneling is next on my to-do list.


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Old 01-08-2011, 07:31 PM   #2
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Because the door is halfway open, the felt seal isn't making contact with the glass
Ayuh,... Anybody in the house Sew,..??
A draft sock could be stitched up, 'n stuffed to fill in the gap....

A piece of soft foam rope of the appropriate diameter,..??

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Bondo - gap is about an 1/2", so don't think the draft sock would work.

I'll check out that foam rope though.... thanks for the idea!
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On the backside of the doorframe or to the stationary glass, add a piece of that peel and stick foam insulator. They sell it for window jams.
http://www.amazon.com/Frost-R734WH-S.../dp/B000BQ8D84

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Do you want a permanent fix or temporary?
I have a few ideas, one way will look OK as well as be functional, the others not so much, but that's if it's temporary.
Uh-oh, now you've got the wife sketching up HER plan for you too!

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Do you want a permanent fix or temporary?
I have a few ideas, one way will look OK as well as be functional, the others not so much, but that's if it's temporary.
Uh-oh, now you've got the wife sketching up HER plan for you too!

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Well the dogs will be around at least three years and we won't be moving out for a long time I hope.

How permanent are we talking here??

SWMBO will want something that looks good though.
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Here's an idea. Rip down a 1x6 into the shape shown to seal the drafty area, then find some fuzzy strip to glue/staple to the side that touches the glass and slides easily when you need the door as an egress. I'd not use foam rubber as it would 'grip' the glass and pull loose. Then figure out how you want to attach this piece to the door, as it will likely need to be removed easily on occasion to close and lock the door, or for cleaning. I'd think a magnet setup might do the trick, but if you know me at all, you know I LOVE old hard drive magnets. lol

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I have to say, this is a pretty ingenious solution - especially love the hard-drive magnet mounting technique.

I drill this weekend, but this will go to the top of my to-do list for next weekend.

Thanks DangerMouse!
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Not a problem, I'm glad to help you stay warm. Po)

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Please take pics when it's done?

We'd love to see how it works out for you! Keep us posted? Po)

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It looks like the weatherstripping is sticking out the top of the door. If it is, it's missing from the door bottom.
Replace the weatherstripping if it's worn or put it back where it belongs if it isn't.
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