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Forum topic by jeremy posted 04-28-2008 09:17 PM 4854 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-28-2008 09:17 PM

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I’m planning on building an exterior “dutch door” and I’m wondering if anyone has any experiance in this area. The only thing I really have a question about is where the top meets the bottom. What’s the best way to make that weather tight. I’m planning on rabbeting both parts where they meet so the top doesn’t swing past the bottom the wrong way. If anyone has any suggesions or even better if anyone has pictures it would be great. Thanks. Jeremy

-- Jeremy, Saratoga, NY

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#1 posted 04-28-2008 10:40 PM

I would definitely rabbet an EXTERIOR dutch door. If you plan your rabbet properly, you can weatherstrip it with
a compression type. Look at Pemko or National Guard Products for what’s available. Look at the photos at for a few examples.
Don’t forget, you lose about 1/2” in height when you rabbet that door.

-- Kinky Friedman: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

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#2 posted 04-29-2008 03:30 AM

Thanks tbone, good tips.

-- Jeremy, Saratoga, NY

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#3 posted 04-29-2008 04:45 AM

Do your rabbets at a little bit of an angle so any water will drip out.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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