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Tyler Durden

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sealing exterior door frame gap: what material?
« on: August 01, 2001, 08:26:42 AM »
On page 77 of 'Quieting: A Practical Guide to Noise
Control', it has a very good tip about the door frame
gaps that are found in modern construction.
But... it doesn't seem to say what material to use
to seal them.  Should I use flexible caulk?  Or
the firm expanding caulk (sorry, I forget what it's
called -- it's what the house builder used to seal
gaps to the outside)
Or is there some *other* material that's recommended
for sealing these kinds of gaps?
Thanks!

bjnash

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Re: sealing exterior door frame gap: what material?
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2001, 03:24:56 AM »
: On page 77 of 'Quieting: A Practical Guide to Noise
: Control', it has a very good tip about the door frame
: gaps that are found in modern construction.
: But... it doesn't seem to say what material to use
: to seal them.  Should I use flexible caulk?  Or
: the firm expanding caulk (sorry, I forget what it's
: called -- it's what the house builder used to seal
: gaps to the outside)
: Or is there some *other* material that's recommended
: for sealing these kinds of gaps?
: Thanks!
Yep, the material to use is the "Super Soundproofing Tape" we carry listed on the Prices page.  /

Tyler Durden

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Re: sealing exterior door frame gap: what material?
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2001, 08:48:10 AM »
: : On page 77 of 'Quieting: A Practical Guide to Noise
: : Control', it has a very good tip about the door frame
: : gaps that are found in modern construction.
: : But... it doesn't seem to say what material to use
: : to seal them.  Should I use flexible caulk?  Or
: : the firm expanding caulk (sorry, I forget what it's
: : called -- it's what the house builder used to seal
: : gaps to the outside)
: : Or is there some *other* material that's recommended
: : for sealing these kinds of gaps?
: : Thanks!
: Yep, the material to use is the "Super Soundproofing Tape" we carry listed on the Prices page.  /

I can see how "Super Soundproofing Tape" makes sense
for sealing those gaps, but I'm actually
talking about the gaps that one sees when removing
the baseboard and moulding from the door.


In other words, the gaps between the house frame
and the pre-hung door -- the gaps where the builder
just stuck in a few shims and nailed the door in
place.  


In there I think you'd recommend caulk,
right?  But which kind, the stiff kind (which is
what the builder used to seal other more-visible
gaps, eg, around pipes), or... the soft non-curing
kind?
Thanks!


bjnash

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Re: sealing exterior door frame gap: what material?
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2001, 04:22:23 AM »
: : : On page 77 of 'Quieting: A Practical Guide to Noise
: : : Control', it has a very good tip about the door frame
: : : gaps that are found in modern construction.
: : : But... it doesn't seem to say what material to use
: : : to seal them.  Should I use flexible caulk?  Or
: : : the firm expanding caulk (sorry, I forget what it's
: : : called -- it's what the house builder used to seal
: : : gaps to the outside)
: : : Or is there some *other* material that's recommended
: : : for sealing these kinds of gaps?
: : : Thanks!
: : Yep, the material to use is the "Super Soundproofing Tape" we carry listed on the Prices page.  /
:
: I can see how "Super Soundproofing Tape" makes sense
: for sealing those gaps, but I'm actually
: talking about the gaps that one sees when removing
: the baseboard and moulding from the door.
:
: In other words, the gaps between the house frame
: and the pre-hung door -- the gaps where the builder
: just stuck in a few shims and nailed the door in
: place.  
:
: In there I think you'd recommend caulk,
: right?  But which kind, the stiff kind (which is
: what the builder used to seal other more-visible
: gaps, eg, around pipes), or... the soft non-curing
: kind?
: Thanks!
You are quite right in your assessment of the gap.  The best way is with lead tape caulked in place with non-hardening caulk.  We have it, see the tape prices at the prices page.