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Patty S

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Money Saving Door Draft Catcher
« on: January 14, 2009, 11:43:03 AM »

If you have a draft coming in under your exterior doors, you need read this. 

We had that problem, & always kept a throw rug shoved up against the bottom of the door to keep from needing to wear a coat, or snuggle up in a blanket, when we were in the living room. Manning that throw rug was a pain in the neck when the kids came over, cuz they never remember to do it, & of course, it had to be done again when they left to go home.  Especially with our 2 new babies at the crawling stage, something just had to be done about that draft! :pullhairout:

I saw the ad that's been on TV lately, about the Twin Draft Guard, but as clever as it is, it wouldn't work on our front door, as there is a little ledge right where the door closes against the threshold, leaving the bottom of the door elevated about 1" from the floor.  There is a built-in "sweep" on the bottom of the door, but there is still enough free space to let cold air in... & installing a storm door didn't solve the problem. 
After watching the commercial a few times, I got to thinking about it & had a sudden stroke of brilliance!

:idea: I rummaged through the garage... which is where I stash all the things that "normal" folks throw away.  It resembles the top of most people's refrigerators, only on a very (scary) grand scale!  It's like a giant junk drawer, with an automatic door!

There, I found a length of flexible polyethylene pipe insulation, then located one of my many boxes of fabric remnants, where I found a chunk of organza, which turned out to be just the type of thing I was looking for.  (I don't sew much, but when I do, I never throw away the scraps.)
       
I chose smooth material that wouldn't act so much as a floor duster, but would slide smoothly against the floor when the door was opened & shut. (Other fabrics that would work just as well, are acetate, rayon & silk.)  I dusted off the sewing machine, to make a "rod pocket" sleeve, & inserted the insulation tube into it.
       

Then all I had to do was to slide the fabric "tail" under the door...
       

Ours is a metal door, so I gathered up some magnets, to hold the fabric in place on the outside. (Before throwing away torn speakers, I always tear them apart & save the magnets.) :biggrin:
       
If it were to have been a wooden door, I think I would have used thumb tacks.

With it firmly in place on the outside, the door opens & shuts freely, & the draft catcher doesn't hang up under the door at all, cuz the pipe insulation turned out to be just the right size!
       
So now we can sit in the living room & watch TV in our sox!

If it wasn't for the lip on the threshold, I'd have made a two-sided draft catcher, & it would have worked the same way as the one on TV.  I figure that not only did I save ten bucks (not to mention "shipping & handling"), but I'm eager to see if even more savings will show up on our next heating bill!

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Re: Money Saving Door Draft Catcher
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2009, 04:55:39 PM »

Too Cool!!!! 

I don't need one, but I think that's a GREAT idea!!!

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Re: Money Saving Door Draft Catcher
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2009, 03:52:46 PM »

The door we have problems with opens to the outside. Any suggestions? This is a wonderful idea, btw.  :idea:

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Re: Money Saving Door Draft Catcher
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2009, 12:03:34 PM »

How goofy is that?! Exterior doors are supposed to open in!

I suppose the only thing you can do is to make a draft catcher that sits on the floor inside, & push it up against the door with your foot when it's closed. (Assuming you're inside the house, of course!) :giggle:  You can make a draft catcher from a wide neck tie & fill it with rice, barley, aquarium rocks or sand... or just use the poly pipe insulation, like I did.  Even a rug shoved up against the bottom of the door will keep the draft down & save on heating costs.

I'd sure look into having someone turn that door frame around... that'd solve the biggest part of the problem! :ok:

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