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How do I soundproof the gap under an interior door over a hardwood floor?

If you really want to go for it, make sure you have a solid core door and install an automatic drop down door seal. An example (no endorsement — I’d try to find something from Pemco): https://www....
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How do I soundproof the gap under an interior door over a hardwood floor?

There is another type of draft stopper. It is essentially two pieces of foam tube aka pipe insulation. They are sewn into a cloth sleeve. It slides under the door. One piece of foam on either side of ...
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What is this kind of door weatherstripping called?

What you have there is "interlocking metal casement", and for weatherproofing it is available as "interlocking metal weather stripping"
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What type of threshold weather-stripping goes here?

I'm guessing that it had a conventional rubber or vinyl gasket inserted into the slots on either side of the screws: image source With some diligence you may find a new part to fit, but it'll need to ...
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How do I soundproof the gap under an interior door over a hardwood floor?

Take off the door, and screw a strip of wood the same dimensions as the bottom of said door, so it just misses the floor at its smallest gap - maybe >1". Then, the remaining gap can have a ...
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What kind of sill cap/threshold is this?

You're missing parts there. No threshold has an open channel like that. At a minimum there would be a rubber strip across it. Most have a solid cap over that area with captive adjustment screws in it. ...
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How do I effectively fill gaps with between window mesh and window frame?

The foam weatherstripping you linked is 1.5 inches (38 mm) wide. Just turn it sideways and attach it to the face of the bottom of the screen instead of to the top of the sill. If you had 0.5 inches (...
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Caulk as weatherstripping?

I can think of just two reasons why this may not work as intended. Silicone isn't terribly flexible or compressive. If there's much slop at all in your windows you won't get the seal you hope for. It ...
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How to seal old stove vent hole in brick wall?

I pulled out the old vent. It was secured with mortar. I wound up using a sawsall to split the vent along one side, but I think it was the ensuing vibration that ultimately did the job. Once removed, ...
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Locating a Weatherstrip for door that is NOT foam and vinyl

Metal weatherstrips used to be popular, and you can still find them, but there's a reason they fell out of fashion: they require very tight tolerances at the door/jamb interface, and even if you set ...
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Door sweep install, why can't I make a hole in my metal door?

I think it's definitely your drill bits. I got a special bit for metal when I drilled a gigantic hole in our metal front door to install a viewing port. While you could install the kind of door ...
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What type of weatherstripping has two mating metal strips?

I think it’s called “interlocking”. Try Pemko Interlocking Weatherstripping and you’ll find several like this: https://hardwarelocker.com/pemko-b41-96-interlock-weatherstrip-96in-mill-brass
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My 5 years old Samsung Washer Keeps Tripping my gfci (Reason is Ground Fault)

New houses are supposed to have dedicated circuits for the laundry room. Nonetheless, unplug the washing machine. See if the GFCI trips stop, or continue. (if they continue, it's NOT the washer and ...
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How can I close this large, uneven gap between wall and ceiling?

What's probably most typical as a proper approach for the illustrated situation is to put a ceiling on the room, (and/or hallway) below the structural concrete beams/slab. Quite possibly with ...
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How can I repair or replace this exterior door sweep?

Your picture is of a door sweep. Take the pic to your local hardware or big box store and they can help you match it. Some just pull off, some have a few screws, some require the door be removed and ...
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Seal out draft from sliding, frameless shower door

I'd say go for winter weather stripping, but I don't see that lasting too long. So, I'd really say go with car door Edge Moldings. There are a variety of widths & colors, they just slip over the ...
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what's the term for double window in one window frame and why is it considered outdated technology?

Sounds like you're talking about "triple-track storm windows", which usually has 3 panels, 2 with glass, one with a screen; in the summer you slide the bottom glass panel up, and screen down; in the ...
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Best way to close gap around a fire place?

That looks like a good solution. There's no fire hazard there (if there were, you'd also be worried about the wood). You may have to switch to something thinner at the bottom there, and use additional ...
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Door sweep install, why can't I make a hole in my metal door?

For drilling into steel, use Cobalt drill bits (usually a dark black or gold) have a blunt tip with a "nub" instead of a point.
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How do I remove a stubborn exterior threshold?

That threshold is part of the entire door system. It wasn't added after the door was installed. It's screwed upward into the jamb sides and may have extrusion fins that engage slots in the jamb. ...
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How can I stop mice from chewing garage door bottom weather strip?

I had the same problem of mice eating door bottom seals. now when I insall new door bottom seals I put bearing grease on the inside of the bottom seal. thisidea was given to me by my overhead door ...
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Locating a Weatherstrip for door that is NOT foam and vinyl

There are felt weatherstrips, though I don't know that you'd find that shape in them - they are fairly durable. There are "commercial" rubber weatherstrips, some of which are quite robust. There ...
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Skylight Insulation

IR meters are not the best measurement tool for this but adding a shade inside or out will reduce light transmission. The only way to eliminate the warmer area is to create a dead airspace since the ...
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For my window, what's the best way to seal and insulate?

Theres alot to be left desired by this installation. First of all it looks like your in the city and installed into a masonry opening. By the way your window is resting hard on the masonry sill it ...
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Suggestions on how to fill gaps at all of my windows

Most of these types of windows rely on weather seals that look like brushes and they do ok when new but compress and leak after a few years. Without replacing those brushes on the sashes you have 2 ...
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How can I make swinging barn doors weather tight?

Without pictures or a description of what you've currently got to make them "airtight", it's hard to make a specific recommendation, but in general, do the same things you do for French ...
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Easy way to seal some pinhole leaks around my steel hatch with flex tape

It lacks the advertising budget of the products you mention, but aluminum flake roofing paint holds up well to UV (the overlapping aluminum flakes protect the rest of the paint layer) and works ...
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How can I close this large, uneven gap between wall and ceiling?

Ignoring fireproofing, because currently there is none... I'd go with the "make the wall taller" option. Since the drywall was painted without any mud on the screws, and considering the &...
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Help removing old weather stripping on exterior aluminum door

This is called pile weatherstrip. It is attached to a flat backing that has been inserted into a slot. Replacement pile weatherstrip is available in myriad different sizes/types, i.e., width and ...
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How to weatherproof this window?

Remove old caulk. Remove trim. Use expanding foam to fill the gap between the window and the rough opening. Make sure to use the foam that is made for windows, otherwise the expanding foam can bend ...
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