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  • #585948
    Nyx
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    Pittsburgh, PA

    I recently installed a storm door and once complete noticed that one of the side rails was cut about a quarter inch short. The door is nearly sealed all the way around by a frame with felt on it. However, in this one area ithere is a hole. My thought was to spray just a bit of spray foam to seal this hole. Good, bad idea? Any thoughts?

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    I recently installed a storm door and once complete noticed that one of the side rails was cut about a quarter inch short. The door is nearly sealed all the way around by a frame with felt on it. However, in this one area ithere is a hole. My thought was to spray just a bit of spray foam to seal this hole. Good, bad idea? Any thoughts?

    When I come across things like this with storm doors I just run a small bead of caulk to fill it up if it’s small eoungh .

    Always willing to learn .

    #585958
    Nyx
    Pro
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Hadn’t thought of caulk but that’s a good idea, and along the same line I was thinking by applying some flexible application to the material. Thanks for that suggestion.

    #586005
    Austin
    Pro
    Covington, KY

    I would get some kind of rubber gasket or weather stripping

    #586017
    Sprokitz
    Pro
    Eastern shore of, Pa

    Do your best, caulk the rest……. or order another rail

    #586025
    Nyx
    Pro
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Do your best, caulk the rest……. or order another rail

    Good motto.

    #586028
    MrFid
    Pro
    Sudbury, MA

    Do your best, caulk the rest……. or order another rail

    Hah! Nice.

    For that I’d use the 100% silicone since with seasonal expansion and contraction you want something that moves a bit. Downside is it’s not paintable. Maybe someone with more caulking expertise will know more, but that’s what I’d use.

    #586033
    Nyx
    Pro
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Good tip, I think I have a tube of that already too.

    #586075
    Sorpa
    Pro
    Pierrefonds, Qc

    Too big of a hole to caulk.
    I’d use foam. Don’t caulk over foam because it won’t stick to it.

    #586094
    ChadM
    Moderator
    Rogers, Ohio

    They do make a plastic piece that slides into the z-bar and is used to extend the leg if needed. I can’t find a good link to it online – mostly because I don’t know the actual name of the piece. But I do think that Home Depot sells them.

    Here is a link to a pic:
    http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/US8146295B2/US08146295-20120403-D00022.png

    Chad

    A Working Pro since 1993

    Member since 12/07/2013

    #586095
    Nyx
    Pro
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Hmm, thanks chad, I’ll have to ask HD about that. That’s where the door came from.

    #586104
    ChadM
    Moderator
    Rogers, Ohio

    No problem. I know some storm door models come with those pieces in the hardware kit.

    Chad

    A Working Pro since 1993

    Member since 12/07/2013

    #586121
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    They do make a plastic piece that slides into the z-bar and is used to extend the leg if needed. I can’t find a good link to it online – mostly because I don’t know the actual name of the piece. But I do think that Home Depot sells them.

    Here is a link to a pic:
    http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/US8146295B2/US08146295-20120403-D00022.png

    Chad is correct. This piece is what you are missing. @Nyx, what brand was the door you installed? Larson’s definitely come with this piece.

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    #586160
    Nyx
    Pro
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Anderson.

    #586163
    Sprokitz
    Pro
    Eastern shore of, Pa

    They do make a plastic piece that slides into the z-bar and is used to extend the leg if needed. I can’t find a good link to it online – mostly because I don’t know the actual name of the piece. But I do think that Home Depot sells them.

    Almost certain it’s just called a rail extender

    #586208
    Warren6810
    Moderator
    Akron, OH

    Storm doors can be tricky when you don’t install them all of the time. I bet if you retraced your steps, you will find that something was skipped or not followed correctly.

    #586245
    Nyx
    Pro
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Storm doors can be tricky when you don’t install them all of the time. I bet if you retraced your steps, you will find that something was skipped or not followed correctly.

    Oh I’m almost positive that a measurement was off just a bit and that’s why I am in this position. Now I just need to fix this one area so it’s closed/sealed all the way around.

    #586252
    Warren6810
    Moderator
    Akron, OH

    Storm doors can be tricky when you don’t install them all of the time. I bet if you retraced your steps, you will find that something was skipped or not followed correctly.

    Oh I’m almost positive that a measurement was off just a bit and that’s why I am in this position. Now I just need to fix this one area so it’s closed/sealed all the way around.

    I wasn’t being critical, just have been there myself. I probably install one every couple of years. Occasionally, I will do 2 on the same house, and the second one is always a breeze. My Achilles heel seems to be installing the closers. Somehow I always end up with an extra hole, or just cannot get it to close at the right speed.

    #586394
    RonW
    Moderator
    Holladay, Tn

    I installed two Larson storm doors today. They came with these plastic extenders to fill in the gap at the bottom of the frame.

    Ron

    A Working Pro since 1994!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

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    Another vote for the extender. If it doesn’t have one I would get some door corner felt pads with the adhesive on the back and trim one to fit before I would caulk it. This way the door has something to close against.

    Andrew

    A Working Pro since 1995!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

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