Hi, the rubber weatherstrip under my garage door is breaking apart.
How do I replace or repair it? Do I have to remove the 2 wheels on
either side of the door in order to remove the weatherstrip from the
door? Here are some pictures:
Hardware store or a garage door sales/repair organization. You need a
good stapler/tacker and LONG staples. The stuff comes in a couple of
different widths, so get the right one -- either measure, or bring a
sample. The width is the bottom of the door, NOT the seal itself. Make
sure the bottom of the door is clean, etc., so that the seal fits
well. Total time, maybe 1/2 hour, not counting the trip to the store.
Your last photo makes it look like the channel may be damaged. Most modern
doors have a channel into which the rubber piece slides. If you can get the
old one out, clean the grooves the new one should slide right in. I am
fairly sure I have seen the rubber replacement parts at Lowes and HomeDepot
for about $20.
If you need to replace the channel I suspect you will still need to get the
old seal out and I imagine it is screwed to the bottom of the door.
Anything is better than nothing in the winter. I would work on this is the
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I recently replaced the seals under three doors at my house ... went to
LOWE'S .. they wanted a little over $2/ft ... checked with a local door
company .. they charged $1/ft and it looks/feels like a better quality
product. If you do have the type where the seal slides into a grooved
aluminum channel, you'll need to pry open the ends of the channel a bit
to get the old stuff out ... most installers shove the seal in place ..
smash the ends to anchor it .. then cut it off.
I pulled fresh seals .. wrapped & tucked the ends so they don't need to
be smashed ... THEN ... I did something that I thought was fairly smart
... I took a piece of garden hose and inserted it into the end of the
seal, and pushed it through to the other side. It gives the bottom of
the door more "give" and it seems to seal better. It also compensates
for rough or uneven floors.
Lowes has been a bit aggressive with pricing in the last 6 months.
HomeDepot and local suppliers have gotten a good bit of my recent business.
Just because I have an account does not mean I don't still shop.
Great tip about the garden hose.
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