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Old 02-28-2014, 08:05 PM   #11
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Tim I remember and will be interested in how it goes. I wonder if you can get the beads onto all the spaces? One of the expanding foam cans should do for the sealing around the lock - especially if you get the limited expansion window variety.
Can you use low expansion foam and do the entire door without using the beads? You'd need a longer piece of plastic tubing to get it down around through out the door but the foam should fill in all of the little spaces. It would be critical not to overfill and make sure that it is low expansion foam....
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Can you use low expansion foam and do the entire door without using the beads? You'd need a longer piece of plastic tubing to get it down around through out the door but the foam should fill in all of the little spaces. It would be critical not to overfill and make sure that it is low expansion foam....
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:34 PM   #13
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I wonder how much a new, insulated door would cost? Maybe ridiculously expensive or not as bad as you think. In the end, the cost may be justifiable if it really adds to comfort. And, it IS a one and done.
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I wonder how much a new, insulated door would cost? Maybe ridiculously expensive or not as bad as you think. In the end, the cost may be justifiable if it really adds to comfort. And, it IS a one and done.
The floor, window frames and the roof / vents still appear to be losing more heat than the door. I'm holding off on dealing with the door until I have the floor done and can address the aluminum frames on the windows. Always looking for good ideas, however.
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:59 PM   #15
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Can you use low expansion foam and do the entire door without using the beads? You'd need a longer piece of plastic tubing to get it down around through out the door but the foam should fill in all of the little spaces. It would be critical not to overfill and make sure that it is low expansion foam....

Buddy I've tried a longer tube for a home insulation project and the can's don't seem to have enough pressure to push it in a tube very much longer than normal tube. It ended up just plugging up the longer ones. I've thought of drilling access holes all around the door and using the low expansion stuff, but am too chicken to try it! (Also Baglo has infected me with the reticence to drill holes in the fiberglass)
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You have the option of turning up the heat.
What, me worry? :
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Also Baglo has infected me with the reticence to drill holes in the fiberglass
...or anything else for that matter. Hence, my slapping on a puck light to solve a cabinet lighting problem.
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I'm holding off on dealing with the door until I have the floor done and can address the aluminum frames on the windows. Always looking for good ideas, however.
I wonder if coating the aluminum frames with a product like Plastic Dip Protective Coating would work? Basically, turning the aluminum frame into a "vinyl" frame...
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I wonder if coating the aluminum frames with a product like Plastic Dip Protective Coating would work? Basically, turning the aluminum frame into a "vinyl" frame...
Well, sort of. To escape your Escape, heat must travel right through the frame. With a real vinyl frame, that would be a significant thickness of plastic, not just a thin coating.

I think there's some potential to the idea of covering the frame, but if you want a significant change in heat flow - not just reduced condensation - I think the cover would need to be much thicker.
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...or anything else for that matter. Hence, my slapping on a puck light to solve a cabinet lighting problem.
I've got those puck lights in a couple cupboards. Let me know next fall how many times you've moved the them to make them more effective.
The one I haven't had to move is just inside the bath door. My hand naturally falls on it and you just press it to turn it on. Helps me find the light over the sink in the dark of night.
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