Common household remedies request
OK, insulating doors in old houses.
This season is my year to stop up drafts (since the replacement windows are in, the fill is in the attic, the pipes are wrapped, the world's worst crawlspace is sealed up, and all that). So I'm going to go round and stop drafts around plugs and switches, add shrinkwrap to the windows, and so on.
But the biggest issue is doors, because in an old house, which has gradually settled over time, not only are the door frames not truly rectangular, the doors aren't even the same untrue rectangles as the frames. So, how to weatherstrip them?
1. One solution would be to go medieval, and simply hang a tapestry. That might work for the door to the attic, since it's inside, but it will shut out the light and be awkward on the doors that open to the outside.
2. I've tried weather-sealing sticky-backed tape on windows, and it seemed fragile there; I can't imagine it's strong enough to work with a door. Though I could be wrong.
3. On doors, I've tried the kind of plastic tubing that has a metal or plastic lip; you press the tubing tight up against the door when it's closed, and then nail or screw to the doorframe through the lip. The door, when shut, presses against the tube, creating a seal. This isn't so good, since you have to pull the door shut, and I'm not so crazy about all the nails in the doorframe, either.