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Is Your Door Leaking Cold Air? How To Insulate A Door | GardenFork

November 14, 2019

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  • Reply mintsaturn February 10, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    my old roommate just bought a house, complains about how hard it is to take trim off, and im like yo…get a trim puller they make a tool for that get one and shut up.
    He has not taken my advice.

  • Reply abe frohman February 10, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Nice job. I live in a old house too and it took weeks to get rid of the drafts.

  • Reply Grim Acres February 10, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Now that you've sealed that up all the other air leaks will present themselves a bit stronger. When I replaced our front door the bedroom became significantly more drafty.

  • Reply GardenFork February 10, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    How do you insulate a door? Let me know here!

  • Reply Wizdomtrek February 10, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    See your trying to fool us, WE KNOW that it's not snowing, that your wife is outside on a stepladder with a box in hand raining down WHAT APPEARS TO BE SNOW, we knoow!

  • Reply Barbara Rote February 10, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Is there a way to repair a double insulated replacement window? We have foggy replacement windows. Something short of replacing the replacement window? Windows are drafty too. Thanks.

  • Reply Tony Banner February 10, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    If you know you may be using your foam several times you can cut the straw down and get a plastic drinking straw of the same size. This way the part you need to clean will be smaller and easier to manage

  • Reply Colin Antink February 10, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Thanks. I’ve got an annoying PVC door in my workshop that leaks air faster then an industrial fan. This video prompted me to get off my ass and do something about it….tomorrow.

  • Reply Create Paradise February 11, 2018 at 12:10 am

    This was really useful, thank you!

  • Reply Craig Nehring February 11, 2018 at 12:15 am

    For sure pulling the trim and sealing things up helps a lot. Not so much as a door leak as it is air infiltration/exflitration.
    My personal favorite door insulator for doors that are really "bent" or frame twisted, is the screw down fabric covered foam aluminum door seal kit. There easy to find, just look for the most expensive one.
    Great filler when your up against a rock & a hard place when trying to fill a crack in any weather… IS them disposable bags from the store, you want paper or plastic? yeah, them kind
    WOOF guys… go get the ball

  • Reply Gary Boyd February 11, 2018 at 12:16 am

    Hahaha! Everything in my house.has been whacked by a Labrador tail as well!

  • Reply Papa D Dean Bovee February 11, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Great job,I have spray around my garage door. Thanks

  • Reply myfairy talegimail February 11, 2018 at 12:39 am

    Ur dogs love you. Thanku

  • Reply Don Rota February 11, 2018 at 12:43 am

    super job

  • Reply fire7side February 11, 2018 at 12:50 am

    It doesn't make any sense to fix an old door like that. You are losing almost as much through the glass panes, and it's not even an exterior. Even if it was, the old exterior doors are pretty worthless. You need two layers and insulation in between. You might have to look around to find a door that fits with an older house like that, but I'm sure there are some around. Myself, I would buy a cheap, no glass insulated door at Menard's and paint it to kind of match. Heat loss is way too important to play around with.
    After that I would add an inch of high density foam to every exterior wall from the inside.

  • Reply Vincent Apa February 11, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Can you do a video on the rubber strips and the sweeper?

  • Reply Hu Ko February 11, 2018 at 1:06 am

    All you need is a German made door and German made windows. Nothing else.

  • Reply snowpony001 February 11, 2018 at 1:44 am

    Haha, my other half has something of a love affair with spray foam too! 🤣🤣. But he doesn’t have the patience to clean the nozzle 🙁Great video ! That mini hacksaw is brilliant, lm going to add that to my wishlist. Love those labs!

  • Reply dymondwillow2 February 11, 2018 at 1:45 am

    Can you re-apply to completely fill the gaps in the next day?

  • Reply kd1s February 11, 2018 at 2:07 am

    Could be where we're currently living. The building is 118 years old. Drafty as all hell. But the worst is the kitchen, that was fixed by sealing the gap at the bottom of the door.

  • Reply kd1s February 11, 2018 at 2:11 am

    Which is precisely why they call it a drop cloth.

  • Reply Decimo Maximo Meridio February 11, 2018 at 2:14 am

    This video was historic… the famous “camera operator “ was on camera…. now I can dead un peace….

    Great video . Congrats from México.

  • Reply 1new-man February 11, 2018 at 2:37 am

    Great post Eric. Lol spray foam is great but can be a mess (when I use it anyway)
    I have ruined countless shirts & favorite worn out jeans due to wonderful spray foam.
    Indeed as duly noted. it is extremely difficult to pull from arm hairs.
    Tell those kids with fur hello!

  • Reply Joe Wayne February 11, 2018 at 3:05 am

    Great video love the spray foam

  • Reply Scott Robins February 11, 2018 at 3:23 am

    I think it is easier to find air leaks in winter… that cold air is easier than warm in a cooler house…

  • Reply opichocal February 11, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Love the pups. I've got a yellow and chocolate lab. They're priceless and sleeping next to me in their house 🙂

  • Reply dfigd99 February 11, 2018 at 9:34 am

    I love these kind of videos 🙂 makes me wanna go out and do some chores!

  • Reply snakemonkey555 February 11, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Eric, great video. Had to do the same to my windows and doors using the same method. Also have that bucket boss tool thingy. BTW, what’s the name of that small crowbar your using?

  • Reply Gravel Creek Farms February 12, 2018 at 1:45 am

    Nice. I like the way the old door looks (even if it’s an interior door) unless you spend a ton of money you won’t find a new replacement that has the same character. Just a tip a modified urethane sealant like tremco works great for sealing the exterior trim work it remains flexible and the adhesive properties are awesome. It’s all we used back when I did industrial metal roofing and siding. Did allot of work on 100+ year old factories where you had to seal between a brick surface and flashings

  • Reply lechatbotte February 12, 2018 at 3:43 am

    The odor is usually vinegar not harmful.

  • Reply Ben Matthews February 14, 2018 at 1:13 am

    Great video – Now if you would just teach me how to put in the easy stuff – weatherstripping? (Beth)

  • Reply Hell Fire February 14, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    يااخي سوي حلقة على العسل

  • Reply Sheryl February 16, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Is that a tin ceiling? It looked lovely

  • Reply Sheryl February 16, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Thanks again for another great video!!!

  • Reply Michelle Miller February 27, 2018 at 2:06 am

    Great video. Thank you. Love your dogs too 🙂 I enjoyed how you made it look simple to repair / improve.

  • Reply Ben Matthews February 28, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Say, Mrs. Garden Fork would you consider lending him out? (Beth)

  • Reply mark1952able March 13, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    FYI….One can use a roll/rolls of Velcro tape to insulate the sides of door casings…….cheaper and lasts a long time….

  • Reply Brock Carpender April 4, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Your dogs are awesome too

  • Reply Arlene Padden November 23, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Great video with useful information. Love, love your gorgeous dogs!

  • Reply Nona Bridgman November 27, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Omg! You are awesome! I’m a DIY’er to the core and you are just like me (big on insulation, tool bucket, safety gear) and I even have the dog that wants to play when I’m trying to work! I’ve watched plenty of videos and your the first to point out the important side notes that us DIY’ers don’t know about or think about…I only wish I would have come across your blog sooner!
    I’m definitely subscribing!!! Thanks so much!!!

  • Reply Cuarajhy Rojayju December 1, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    I try to see what he is doing but he only talk and talk I forwarded but only talk.

  • Reply Zulnoon V December 5, 2018 at 7:57 am

    thank you Garden Fork

  • Reply thefrannypanny December 7, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Great Video! I did not think of insulating behind the trim on the door frame. Thank You!

  • Reply Antònia Somogyi January 21, 2019 at 8:05 am

    The best way to start a video 😍 Love dogs.

  • Reply nina wade February 16, 2019 at 4:57 am

    Thank u I am doing my back door

  • Reply Quiveut savoir March 8, 2019 at 2:44 am

    Looking forward to a quick fix video where people go straight to the point.

  • Reply jadealone April 10, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Thanks! We just had an extra room built and they left HUGE gaps that I now know I can fill in w/foam. Like your easy going way, very relaxing to watch.

  • Reply Blakehx April 16, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Good video as always thanks! I too love spray foam but, like you said, cover everything you don't want foam on… including yourself! My tip is modify the straw! I just heat it with a heat gun or lighter then just smash it so the last couple inches are skinny and will fit much deeper into any crack or crevice!

  • Reply Alina T April 23, 2019 at 4:10 am

    Great video – and it's a pleasure to listen to you!

  • Reply Darkhorse May 4, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    I notice in Europe most homes/buildings have an interior and exterior door. My apartment in Poland isn't well insulated and has a lot of cold air leakage through the bottom of the door.

  • Reply Jack T June 8, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    That's one of the cutest Labrador dogs I've ever seen in my life. Ben was my partner in crime when I was a kid, big Labrador, we had some legendary adventures… but he died. I think I'm going to have to get another one, after I spray foam my annoying door.

  • Reply Colin October 26, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Also that clear plastic door if you pull back the part that the door latches on backwards it will seal around the door better

  • Reply Richelle Trickel October 31, 2019 at 1:40 am

    This is one of the best things I’ve ever done for my old house. It was easy to pull up the trim, uncovering a gap of up to 3/4” in places. Filling it was messy but easy and soon enough I got the hang of it. Immediately felt the difference and now this end of the house isn’t nearly as cold as it was. Looking forward to seeing my heating bill next month!

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