Weatherstrip Your Doors and Save – On the House

Weatherstrip Your Doors and Save

By on August 2, 2014
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This week’s show was weather-stripping , pouring concrete and more. We hope you enjoyed meeting Debora Dellinger, the Home and Family Dream Bath winner and hearing about her amazing bath remodel.


Weather-strip Your Doors And Save

 You can use weather stripping in your home to seal air leaks around doors. It will be an energy saver in winter and summer!

Before applying weather stripping in your home, you will need to detect the air leaks and assess your ventilation needs to ensure adequate indoor air quality.

Choose a type of weather-stripping that will withstand the friction, weather, temperature changes, and wear and tear associated with its location. For example, when applied to a door bottom or threshold, weather-stripping could drag on carpet or erode as a result of foot traffic. The weather-stripping you choose should seal well when the

To determine how much weather-stripping you will need, add the perimeters of all doors to be weather-stripped, then add 5% to 10% to accommodate any waste.

Weather-stripping supplies and techniques range from simple to the technical. Consult the instructions on the weather-stripping package.

Here are a some simple guidelines:

  • Weather-stripping should be applied to clean, dry surfaces in temperatures above 20°F (-7° C).
  • Measure the area to be weather-stripped twice before making a cut.
  • Apply weather-stripping snugly against both surfaces. The material should compress when the door is shut.

 When weather-stripping doors:

  • Choose the appropriate door sweeps and thresholds for the bottom of the doors.
  • Weather-strip the entire door jamb.
  • Apply one continuous strip along each side.
  • Make sure the weather-stripping meets tightly at the corners.
  • Use a thickness that causes the weather-stripping to press tightly between the door and the door jamb when the door closes without making it difficult to shut but allow it to open freely.

Help For Pouring Concrete Sidewalk

Form and pour a new concrete sidewalk; the perfect first concrete project for the beginner. Replace that ugly, cracked walk with a flat, smooth new one. We show you how to build forms and then place and smooth the wet concrete, all with first class results. You save big money too.

You may need a building permit—check to be sure
At this site, we didn’t need a building permit for a residential sidewalk on private property. But take five minutes and call your local building inspector to make sure that’s true in your area. You’ll save some embarrassment and possibly a fine.

A giant ready-mix truck driving up to your house can be intimidating. I always get butterflies when I hear the diesel roaring a half mile away. But being prepared with solid forms, good equipment, a couple of strong helpers and a well-planned wheelbarrow route will help calm the nerves. Once you dump the first few wheelbarrow loads and get the hang of moving the wet mud around, you’ll feel in complete control.

You’re going to need a couple of heavy-duty wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes and a variety of professional-grade concrete finishing tools. We describe the tools in detail below. The hand tools may be worth buying if you intend to pour more concrete down the road. For a modest price you can own a set of high-quality tools (minus the wheelbarrows) for life and not have to hassle with rentals. Take heed. Concrete is heavy and time is short. Once the ready-mix truck (the concrete is premixed and ready to pour) shows up, you and your helpers will be muscling around 200-lb. wheelbarrows over gravel. This work is intense—you won’t be taking any coffee breaks for a while.

After pouring and screeding you may see things slow down a bit, but they can get a little frantic again when the concrete begins to firm up. Follow the tips and advice in this article, get ahold of the right professional-grade tools, line up at least two reliable, beefy helpers and pick a good weather day, and you’ll end up with a long-lasting, attractive sidewalk you’ll be proud to carve your initials into.

Concrete might be the cheapest building material on the planet
It’s hard to imagine a material that gives more bang for the buck than concrete. What other material yields a permanent, finished, durable, maintenance-free outside surface at a low cost and a day’s work? Around these parts, many contractors won’t put down a gravel base or even use steel reinforcing. Bonus: Your sidewalk will be stronger and last longer than many professionally poured sidewalks. In addition to the cost of concrete, suppliers usually add a “short load” charge for small orders (generally under 3 yds.). This 4-ft. wide by 60-ft. long and 4-in.-thick walk required just over 4 yds of concrete.

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