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How to Replace Weather Stripping

These basic instructions demonstrate how to replace weather stripping in a home in order to improve energy efficiency.

More in Remodeling

replace weather stripping in home for efficiency
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Remove the Glass Panes and Frame

First, bend back the tabs that hold the existing glass panes. Then cautiously slide out each pane of glass (Image 1).

Next, unscrew the frame using a cordless drill making sure to add a little extra pressure to make sure each screw comes out clean. Then, score through any coats of paint that are holding the frame in place using a utility knife (Image 2).

Remove the frame from place by tapping it lightly using a block of wood and a hammer (Image 3).

Step 2: Create a New Frame

Next, create a new frame using quarter round. Measure and cut to size.

Then, sand down the window frame. Before nailing the quarter round in place pre-drill holes to prevent the wood from splitting on the way down.

Step 3: Place the Pre-Cut Glass

Once the frame is installed on one side of the door, place the pre-cut glass in place.

Finish by installing another quarter-round frame on the interior of the door.

To complete the look, all that’s left to do is paint the trim and clean the glass.

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