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jandre4

12:52PM | 03/29/06
Member Since: 03/25/06
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From: Officer Joe (LSU-SVM) [mailto:c5loadmaster@hotmail.com]

Sent: Sunday, March 26, 2006 4:31 PM

To: info@bobvila.com

Subject: Email BobVila.com

Hi Bob,

Mr. Villa I need advice. I enclosed my carport and am turning it into a sunroom. My only hold up in finishing the project is this, I installed a set of french doors as an entrance from the outside and the person I had pour a slab for me did a good job of leveling it out except where the doors are. I noticed when I installed the doors that there was a slight rise where the middle of the door sits and that when it rains I get water leaking in around the bottom corners. I used this liquid tar that you squeeze out of a tube the same way you do caulking and that didn't work. Then, I thought by laying down ceramic tile that the combination of cement, grout and sealer would do the trick but to no avail. I have small cracks in the grout and am wondering if filling those in would work or if the water may be coming down my "j" channel (I have viynl siding on the house) and then getting under the wood and entering the room. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you. Respectfully, Joe.


Piffin

05:36PM | 04/08/06
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
The big mr BV doesn't hang here much. This is more of a peer topeer network.

When installing a door, it is imperative that is be seated on level surface, either by using shims, or by feathering a floor leveling compound in first, then using a quality adhesive caulk to adhere the sill to the substrate. Sounds like this was missed. It is possible that you can see a space under the sill/threashold where water is entering from the outside that could be caulked or grouted with a hydraulic grout.

Another common problem is with some patio doors they must be assembled to the jambs which come knocked down - Andeersen is one. The instructions are very specific about where to caulk and the majority of assemblers throw away the instructions until they wonder why they have a leak at which time the only solution is dismopunt and disassemble to start at beginning.

But it could be as simple as a bad seal behind the Jmolding, though there should be some viacor flashing wrapping the openning there too as backup.

So - long story short - the best solution is dismount and reinstall doing it all right, but you might get by with usi8ng good caulk like Geocel from the outside at all possible points of entry.

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