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Sealing replacement weather stripping

A home owner from Katy, Texas says:
My problem is that the weather stripping in the door now isn't "thick" enough to seal between the door and the frame. The weather stripping pictured appears that it should work but it just doesn't compress enough to make a seal. It measures about half an inch from the base to the top when it's not compressed at all and the gap between my door and the frame is about 9/16 of an inch. That's thicker than I like but I'm hoping that it can be sealed with something from you folks so I don't have to have the door re-hung.

At this point I don't care in the least about the cost, I just want the door sealed up tight.

THANKS,

Tom
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Dave from SWISCO responded:
Thanks for posting! I actually had this same problem on my own house. You may want to consider using our 58-169 Compression Foam Seal with a Nail Flange and use small nails to install it at the desired height. Do you think this solution would work for you?
A home owner from Katy, Texas says:
Thanks, Dave.

I can't visualize how it would work. It appears to have almost identical specs to the non-nailing type. I was hoping that there might be a bubble seal that would be round enough to work, or something else that would use the existing mounting slot.

Tom
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Dave from SWISCO responded:
What makes the 58-169 better suited to your application in this case is because you can nail it into the door slot at any point along the flange. This enables you to adjust it up and down before you nail it in so that you can cover that extra distance in height, rather than having it stuck at the same height like your existing weatherstrip.
A home owner from Katy, Texas says:
Thanks, Dave!!! I think I'm probably the densest person you've ever had on the boards. I just can't visualize how that product works. Does the nailing flange point towards the inside or outside of the house? The way I see it in my minds eye doesn't have the weatherstrip being squeezed between the door and the frame.

I'm really sorry I'm not getting this!! The only weatherstripping I've been familiar with is sticky back foam and that was 40 years ago. Until now I didn't even know that there was a slot for the weatherstripping to slip into.

Tom
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Dave from SWISCO responded:
I'll tell you exactly what I did. First, what you need to do is cut to size your lengths; namely, cutting the top pieces where they meet on a 45 degree angle so that they meet at the corners. Place the sponge part where the door will hit, making sure you get good contact with the door to block out the air and light. Install maybe just a few nails on the ends, then close the door and check to see if any light is showing. Adjust the weather stripping if you still see light. I hope this helps.
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