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How to Replace Weather Stripping

Keep the cold out this winter by replacing worn out weather stripping around your windows and doors.


  • Step 1: Pull off weather stripping Pull off the existing weather stripping. If correctly installed originally, it should peel off the door or window stop.
  • Step 2: Clean the door and window Use soapy water to scrub and clean the stops of your window or door. Let it dry completely.
  • Step 3: Measure the sides of the door or window Carefully measure the top and side stops of your door or the stops of your window.
  • TIP: Measure twice before cutting to make sure your measurement is accurate. Ideally, each stop will be sealed with one solid piece of weather stripping.
  • Step 4: Cut weatherstripping to size Use a utility knife to cut the weather stripping to match your measurements.
  • Step 5: Remove the back from the weather stripping Slowly peel the back from one of the cut pieces of foam weather stripping.
  • Step 6: Press weather stripping into place Press the weather stripping into place, either along the stops of the window or the door.
  • TIP: Apply weather stripping on a day when the temperature is about 50 degrees to ensure that the strips will stick.
  • Step 7: Add door sweep Add a door sweep to the bottom of the door. Cut it to size, and screw into place to secure it so that the bottom touches the floor. Now relax knowing that your house is sealed and your energy use is more efficient.
  • FACT: Hawaii is the only state in the United States never to have had a temperature reading below zero degrees.

You Will Need

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Self-adhesive foam weather stripping
  • Door sweep
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver

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