We have an old brick Victorian in Chicago. Our Front door has more leaks
than the Whitehouse and in the winter lets the cold in big time. We like the
original front door but want to make sure we seal all the drafts. Last year
we really went to town on the insulation tape and other techniques but we
could never really fix it completely. This year we want to fit an exterior
door in front of the other to act as the buffer against the cold. The old
door is set back about 4" in a brick opening. The opening measures 41" (
actually it varies from 41.5" to 41") it is 86" high. We would like to fit a
door into this opening that can be removed in summer, we don't mind
attaching a permanent frame to the brick opening. Can anyone suggest a good
way to approach this? Do places like Home depot or menards handle custom
doors? We don't have much money.
When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at
his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.
I suggest you consider finding an experienced door hanger and have them
take a look at it and suggest a proper scheme for making the door weather
tight. It should cost less, look better and be easier to use than adding a
We have an old house too.
Our front door was reworked.
An carpenter experienced in finish work can do a lot of good.
There are a number things to look at:
The screws holding the hinges may have worked loose.
You may need to use longer screws or fill the holes and reset the
The door slab may have to be re shaped to fit in an opening that is no
This can be done with added wedges of wood glued to the edge of the
The sill may be worn and so need to be reworked or replaced to fit
Weather stripping may have to be added or adjusted to fit tight to the
Each of these operations has been done to at least one of our doors.
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