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Forum topic by Dez posted 12-31-2012 11:34 PM 1228 views 1 time favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dez

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12-31-2012 11:34 PM

Anyone have ideas or product links to seal a garage door?
16’ insulated metal garage door. It still leaks huge amounts of warm/cold air. It does have the usual “rubber” seal/stops. I am hoping to find something to stop the drafts that get by the seals. I plan on adding some foam board to the panels but I really need to find better seals!
Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!


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#1 posted 12-31-2012 11:43 PM

What you are asking for is a way to seal cracks and crevices around the door. There are many sealants and sealing devices on the market that will work, but only you will know what you need.Take a look in Lowes or Home Depot for the many products available. If you think about it long enough, the answer will become evident. Without seeing your garage, it is impossible for us to give you a solution.

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#2 posted 12-31-2012 11:51 PM

Thanks MrRon. I will look at the BOX stores although they don’t have everything. It is a standard overhead garage door, no different than any other (I am a retired (15 yrs.) builder. I have adjusted it as tight as I can.
I was hoping there was something new that someone had heard of. I still need to be able to open the door occasionally, for the most part it stays closed, otherwise I would seal it with plastic sheeting.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 12-31-2012 11:56 PM

Let us know if you find a good easy way to do it Dez. When I look at my door, that are do many cracks and leaks it just doesn’t look like it is worth the trouble!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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teejk

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#4 posted 01-01-2013 12:00 AM

I have a friend that lives in Fairbanks. They use carpeting that as near as I can tell is about the same as a quilt and operates with the door! I can ask for more details if you want.

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Dez

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#5 posted 01-01-2013 12:05 AM

Topa, will do!
teejk, I would appreciate it if you don’t mind!
It is only the seal around the perimeter that leaks, I cannot find any way to make the existing (2 yrs old) seal any tighter. Mostly at the top where the most movement (opening and closing) takes place.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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Dez

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#6 posted 01-01-2013 12:06 AM

BTW! You all are entering the contest for Lie Nielsen right? Here

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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Dez

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#7 posted 01-01-2013 12:07 AM

Dragons, Can you still open and close the door as needed?

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#8 posted 01-01-2013 12:10 AM

I’m going to put some foam around my doors to stop air flow. You have to have them open to install it and when they close they crush the foam to make an air seal. Lowes has it.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#9 posted 01-01-2013 12:49 AM

Russell, Do you have a link perhaps?

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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Dez

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#10 posted 01-01-2013 12:52 AM

I gave the link for the Lie Nielsen contest because….
I don’t own any although I have some on loan from a friend. (I have some Montgomery Wards issues and they are very good once they are tuned. So much easier with the Lie Nielsen)
You can never have enough good tools!
You can always gift me if you don’t want them!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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OnlyJustME

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#11 posted 01-01-2013 01:00 AM

I assume you have these around the outside of the door you are looking for something better?

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#12 posted 01-01-2013 01:14 AM

Try here. i believe you want a pvc vinyl foam tape.

Full disclosure i have had no dealings with this company/website and know nothing about them.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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HorizontalMike

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#13 posted 01-01-2013 01:33 AM

Yeah, the foam tape is pretty good stuff. In addition, you could add those brush-like seals that go on the bottom of entry doors to seal areas at the very top of the door that the foam doesn’t quite get. Not perfect but cuts down on drafts without jamming the door up.

http://www.memtechbrush.com/mountings/mountings.htm

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Dez

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#14 posted 01-01-2013 02:18 AM

Matt,
I do have something similar, thanks!
The foam tape may just do the trick as it is flexible enough to move and reseal!

HorizontalMike, Cool! I will look at them and see if they will work, they should stop much of the airflow.
The bottom of the door is pretty good, it is the sides, particularly at the top where the curve starts. that the biggest air leak is. I just need to cut down on the expense of heating even though I got a new heater for Christmas! I can only afford so much and I prefer the money went to the wood to make stuff out of!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#15 posted 01-01-2013 02:19 AM

They also make vinyl seals that fit ont he jamb and press against the door. So you have those. They seal fairly well.

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