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bg4 02-02-2014 09:37 AM

Door inside of closet
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Good morning,

We purchased a home and after moving in we found out that inside the master closet, a small door has been added to access a portion of the attic.

However, there is no insulation and my closet is very cold in the winter and very hot in summer. I'd like to fix this, as it's rather silly and inefficient. The door is hollow and quite flimsy.

Any suggestions on how I should fix it? Should I have an insulated door installed or can I have the hole patched up and insulated?

Appreciate any suggestions. I've attached a couple pictures. :beer:

Edit: for gooder grammar

oldognewtrick 02-02-2014 10:13 AM

:welcome: to House Repair Talk!

I would leave the door there if it were my house. I would caulk all the voids around the door frame, insulate any of the knee wall that doesn't have insulation and take construction adhesive and put some solid Styrofoam insulation on the back of the door. You want to have insulation and stop air flow into the closet. Also check the walls in the bedroom for missing or dislodged insulation.

Just my:2cents:

havasu 02-02-2014 10:39 AM

What you need is a insulated zippered access, similar to a storm door or as stated above, secure some rigid foam insulation on the attic side of the door.

CallMeVilla 02-02-2014 10:58 AM

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Insulate the space! You can finish the trim by doing what OldDog says (always obey OldDog) but your problem is NOT the door, it is the lack of insulation in the space. Once you take care of that problem, your temperature issues will go away.

oldognewtrick 02-02-2014 11:42 AM

Obey the dog??? What... is this some sort of new policy I didn't know about...:beer:

havasu 02-02-2014 11:47 AM

I refuse to obey a Chihuahua.

oldognewtrick 02-02-2014 12:31 PM

Don't feel like the Lone Ranger Mr. Havasu.

bg4 02-02-2014 06:30 PM

Awesome, thanks for the info!

CallMeVilla 02-02-2014 08:45 PM

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OK, fine ... rat dogs suck ... you obviously missed the humor because Moderators are always sooooo serious ... This is more pointed

nealtw 02-02-2014 09:38 PM

Any attic area that is more than 100 sq ft should have an access, that doesn't mean it needs to be a door as such, just smething you can get into. I would rmove the door and frame insulate and add vapour barrier cover it with an oversize peice of drywall screwed in place. slip some plastic trim over the edges of the drywall and don't fill it.

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