Should I cover this gap under my front door?


My front door has a 1/2" gap underneath it when closed, so it is quite drafty. I am not sure how to fix it. I put a door sweep on the bottom, but I ran into an issue. Forgive my lack of terminology, but I've tried to illustrate the problem in the photos.

The green arrows show the area that the door sits over when closed. The red arrows show a "threshold" that is inside of that area. This threshold is about 1/2" higher than the green area. This limits how low I can put the sweep on the door. Right now, the sweep is as low as it can go and still close. However, you can see that when the door is closed, there is a gap underneath as the sweep isn't low enough to touch the green area. You can even clearly see the light coming through

What are my options? Should I get one of those bean-filled strips and somehow attach it to the door? Or do I need to remove the red arrow part and replace it with something shorter? (This part seems to match the laminate flooring, so I am...

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Oh, argh - you poor thing. The stupid hateful bugs are just hateful, aren't they? Really hatefully hateful. I just hate them.

One poster who is also a PCO said somewhere on this site (I'm paraphrasing from memory here) that it's not that DIY can never work; but that knee-jerk uninformed DIY (throwing out your mattress, setting off a bug bomb, moving with all your untreated stuff to a new, not-yet-infested, place) can make things so much worse so extremely quickly that DIY has gotten a very, very bad name.

Sensible, well-researched and well-informed DIY can work, as your townhouse-dwelling friend has proved; and as you seem to be in the process of proving.

We have a very low level infestation here where I live now and it will according to everyone I have spoken to become bigger regardless of anything that I do (DIY) and that I cannot stop it and I will fail

Well, the overall bedbug infestation (in your building, in your city, nationwide, and globally) probably...

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Some information, however, is available through city records.

Department of Buildings records show that in 2010, Mr. de Blasio installed a new natural gas-fueled boiler and hot water heater in one of his buildings, a two-story clapboard rowhouse that includes two rental units.

Neither appliance appeared to have Energy Star certification — a federal program that indicates appliances that use less energy — suggesting that in each case, Mr. de Blasio could have made a more energy-efficient, although potentially more expensive, choice. (City records indicate that a final signoff on the installation was rejected, but a Buildings Department spokesman said that was because of a filing error by the installer.)

The second building, a block west of the other, is a three-story...

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My front door (i rent) has a a gap along the edge of the door on the side with the door knob. Do they make anything I can attach to the side of the door to block that gap? It also allows the cool air from the AC to escape during the hot summer months.

Thank you!!

Oh, yes, you can pick up some weather stripping at Walmart or Lowes. It sticks on to the door frame. It might take a couple of tries to get it positioned correctly so the door will still open and close. Well worth the $5.

Ask your landlord to repair the busted weatherstripping.




landlords avoid spending money at all costs. id rather fix it on my own.

I live next too a noisy house. Any suggestions on soundproofing the door to keep out some of the noise?

I asked if I could...

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Door gaps, especially on exterior doors, can be serious energy wasters. In the winter they let cooler air in, and in the cooling season when your air conditioner is running, they let cool air out. If you have individual heating and cooling for each room, the same situation applies for interior doors too. However, unless you want to raise the entire floor beneath the door, there are ways to close the gap that are do-it-yourself methods and are cost-effective.

Screw on a door sweep. This is done from inside the home on an exterior door, and the sweep will effectively block the gap under the door. There are several types available, from an actual bristle-type sweep that hangs below the door and blocks the gap, to rubberized types that bulge slightly to fill the gap. Measure the width of the door and transfer that measurement onto a door sweep with a marker. Put on a pair of safety glasses and cut the sweep to length with either a hacksaw or a jigsaw. Place the sweep at the...

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WHEW! That was a lot to read through! Thank you all so much for reading through that and for your advice. I'm going to try to address things one at a time and I may have to back up a little. I didn't want to make my initial post TOO long so some things weren't in there that possibly should have been. But it looks like some questions have been asked. So here goes!

sewwhatsnew - thank you for your kind words. You are sweet to chime in. :)

susanka - We love our kitchen tile. If it's still made, that would be an option. Of course we'd have to stop the issue first. I'd actually rather do it with the kitchen tile than with the travertine as the kitchen tile blends better with the wood. And I do NOT think you stepped too far over the line! I appreciate all feedback! Thank you!!

skyedog, patty0315, camlan, lkplatow - The subfloor is a concrete slab and there are no basements in New Orleans. It was in perfect condition when this floor was done five-something years ago....

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DEAR TIM: My wife wants to change out the front door on our existing home. But the door is flanked on either side with sidelights. I am puzzled how to attack this project as the frames of the door and the sidelights seem to be permanently attached to one another. Can I easily separate them? Changing out the entire door seems as if it would be a nightmare as the brick touches up against the exterior door trim. What are my options? Jim L., Hickory, NC

DEAR JIM: You have a keen eye for the obvious. The frames of the sidelights and the actual door unit are connected and if they are like most, it will be a tough job to separate them. Perhaps the most challenging part is at your feet and you might have overlooked it. The threshold of the door typically is continuous under both sidelights as well as the door. You can't imagine the difficulty of disconnecting the door frame from the threshold with little or no damage to the threshold.

The task of replacing the entire door...

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Finally, we have arrived at the front door! I know it’s taken a while to get here, but the previous steps were necessary. So let’s deal with the front door area. To the right of the front door is a white wicker desk. This is a project I am responsible for getting. Yes, I know! Here I am contributing to the mess but hear me out, please. We are struggling financially. My eBay business is only providing several hundred dollars income each month and it isn’t enough to cover my share of expenses. I got this brilliant idea to pick up the desk and fix it up, give it a new coat of paint and sell it on CraigsList. As is typical in our house, this is as far as it got. You can see that the front drawer has some issues. This should be an easy fix, as it seems that one of the drawer runners has become detached from the underside of the desk top. All the pieces are there for it, and it really is a cute desk. Perfect for a young girl’s room I think.

Underneath the desk is a crate with what...

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You are unlikely to find and Direct (plain english) codes or technical (health & safety) standards written for this in Washington. However, if you have a modern central heating system with centrally located return air grills (no return air in small rooms with doors), then the HVAC calculations will be relying on a 1" minimum gap under the door.

Florida has attempted to add this to the code in a simplified manner.

Here is a longer explaination.

In addition, most trim carpenters hold the bottom of the door 1" above hardwood floors to accommodate any rugs that may get put on the floor.

Craftsmanship standards, on the other hand, tend to want the gap below the door to be as small as 1/2" at times, but this leaves no room for rugs. I have often gone as far as to have the homeowner buy a rug and non-skid pad to measure before hanging any doors, but trends change over time, and sooner or later, the door will drag on a rug.(Murphy's Law)

The most...

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Set up a plan. If all the lights are off, a simple decoy will be all that is necessary. If you have dark hair, take a dark shirt or pair of shorts and put it under the blanket on top of the pillow, leaving a little peeking out. In the dark, this is really convincing.


Put on your shoes before leaving. If you tread lightly, there should be no problem and you don't have to put on your shoes outside.


Sneak out the back door if possible. In this case, if a parent catches you, you can just say you were going out to the back to look at the stars. If you have a dog that sleeps out back, you can just say that you thought they were barking and went outside to quiet them down. If you can't sneak out through the back door without making more noise than the front door, then go out the front. There!


Close any doors in between the door that you're going out of and your parents. Better safe than sorry.



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The frame around our front door needed re-painting. The old paint was peeling and there were a handful of useless nails hammered into it and painted over. I guess they were probably used by a previous owner to hang Christmas lights. The whole thing was ugly.


And after refinishing our front door, I thought the color needed a change too. The existing dark brown wasn’t terrible close up, but from the street, the whole exterior was looking a little blah. Too much brown!


I was just going to give it a couple of coats. A quick and easy project, right? Not so much. Upon closer inspection, I noticed the alligator skin-like texture. Someone had painted over cracked paint in the past, and while I could have gone over it with additional coats, I knew that I wouldn’t be totally happy with the results without taking off the old paint first.

This was one of the most painful DIY experiences I’ve had. Really, it sucked, and I can’t...

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"All one unit" doesn't mean it has to stay that way. You jumped the gun by not planning for the transition, but it's not too late to fix it. Just a little harder, that's all.

Exterior doors should have much more clearance than a quarter inch. Most people like to be able to put a wipe-off mat inside the entrance doors. You can't do that with only a quarter inch clearance.

If it were me, I'd cut the existing threshold out flush to the sides of the door casing. Your door won't fall over or break in any other way. Install a new threshold, shimming for height as necessary with exterior ply and metal flashing to protect from water incursion. Cut door to fit.

Now you can finish the new flooring to the new threshold. You must fashion a transition trim and leave an expansion gap under the trim for the hardwood. Your half inch won't cut it.

Best of luck,


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Decisions, decisions… do you go for classic black or shocking pink, calming blue or stately green? For inspiration on how to make your front door the star of the street, check out the colourful selection below.

Think pink
Well hello… Get the neighbours talking with an unusual (but lovely) shade of pink. Not shocking, but not shy and retiring either, this salmon shade works particularly well with the surrounding painted grey woodwork.

Make a match
A more mellow hello is offered by this pale door, which perfectly matches the gentle tone of the stone walls. And it proves that you don’t need to shout to get noticed. Mini olive trees in terracotta pots on either side of the door break up the colour block and add to the rustic feel.

Go back to black
It’s hardly the all-singing, all-dancing front-door option, but black remains incredibly popular for a reason. It looks super smart, it never dates and it suits...

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I was on a job recently where I had to completely rework the entry door install on a house. It was difficult to tell from a distance, but the original work had been poorly done (and that might be an understatement!). All of the errors made in that original installation became more and more apparent once I started disassembling the install in order to right the wrongs. Sometimes you have to peel back more than the skin to see how rotten the fruit is at the core. And then you need to take a strategic approach to help that core heal.

The original rotten door entry (Note: Click any image to enlarge)

Peeling the Layers

We started by removing the side casings. This is where we encountered our first issue.

Removing the casings revealed improper weather barrier installation—no flashing was applied (see photos below). On top of that, one of the sides was missing a section of housewrap, leading to rotten sheathing. There was also rot at the bottom corner of the...

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The Lyrics for It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door by Underoath have been translated into 1 languages

I've been up at this all night long I've been drowning in my sleep I've prayed for your safe place And it's time for us to leave Time is running It's running on empty and the Gas is running out I've decided Tonight is the night that I Let love aside Full speed ahead This seems to be the place I've seen this once before Planned perfection Sought in my dreams Hoping this would take You Home My Knuckles have turned to white There's no turning back tonight Kiss me one last time Around this turn where The cross will cast your shadow The people will all gather Remember such a day Where the flames grew as high as trees And the world Is stopped Is stopped For you And Me My knuckles have turned to white There's no turning back tonight Kiss me one last time (shut your eyes) My knuckles have turned to white There's no turning back tonight (so hold on...

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So you have your dream home, it’s beautiful, and you’d like to keep it that way. It’s like a machine, a combination of thousands of smaller elements that are interconnected and create this object of your desire.

When all of those smaller components are properly optimized and functioning as anticipated, your home should provide you with a safe, comfortable, and energy efficient environment. However, the only way to sustain this condition is to implement some home maintenance procedures.

Home maintenance is a never ending process which basically boils down to 3 steps

If you ever had a home inspection performed by a certified and experienced home inspector, you may already know that

only a routine home maintenance will guarantee a “maintenance free” home.

I tried to cover many of the most critical yet typical maintenance procedures on my website. However, questions following my articles confirm that interaction of various home components can often...

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As a former McKinsey resume screener, I've read a lot of consulting cover letters for consulting roles of all types.

Most applicants severely under-estimate the importance of the cover letter and end up paying more attention to the consulting resume/CV than they do the cover letter. I would argue the effort allocation should be reversed -- much more time put into the cover letter than the resume or CV.

Here's why.

Without a good cover letter it is 1) hard to stand out, and 2) easy to get overlooked by accident.

When someone like me screens cover letters and resumes, we usually do so in batches -- dozens if not hundreds of applicants at the same time. When I was on the McKinsey Stanford recruiting team, I had to go through a stack of 400 resumes and consulting cover letters in a few hours.

Keep in mind these were 400 applicants ALL of whom were in the process of graduating from Stanford. So the applicant pool was already pretty strong.


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