Quiz: Do you know how to select and install weather stripping?
by Staff
You're inside on a cold and blustery day, but instead of feeling warm and cozy, you feel drafts and airy openings. Why? You probably need to install weather stripping around windows and doors, but what type should you install and how much will it cost? Take this quiz to find out.

By how much could you reduce your energy bill if you had good weather stripping?

  • 10 percent
  • 20 percent
  • 30 percent

What common household item will determine whether your house needs weather stripping?

  • hair dryer
  • thermometer
  • timer

Which type of weather stripping is the easiest to apply?

  • spring-metal strips
  • interlocking metal weather stripping
  • pressure-sensitive adhesive-backed foam

What color is tubular gasket weather stripping?

  • blue or black
  • gray or white
  • brown or green

How do you apply jalousie gaskets?

  • Peel off the adhesive backing and stick into place.
  • Snap them into place.
  • Glue them on.

What can you use to remove old weather stripping adhesive?

  • rubbing alcohol
  • baby oil
  • petroleum jelly

What equipment do you need when applying pressure-sensitive weather stripping?

  • dishwashing detergent, scissors and rag
  • tape measure, pencil and sandpaper
  • spatula, masking tape and turpentine

How do manufacturers package spring-metal weather stripping?

  • in stacks
  • in sheets
  • in rolls

What surface does self-sticking spring metal weather stripping best adhere to?

  • wood
  • aluminum
  • vinyl

What temperate is ideal when applying felt weather stripping?

  • cooler than 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius)
  • at least as warm as 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 degrees Celsius)
  • at least as hot as 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26.6 degrees Celsius)

What is tubular gasket weather stripping made from?

  • silicone
  • vinyl
  • rubber

Why are tubular types of weather stripping best used on the exterior of your home?

  • because they bond better outside
  • because they can take harsh weather conditions
  • because they're unsightly

Where should weather stripping be installed on a sliding window that only has one moveable sash?

  • on both sashes
  • on the sash that moves
  • on the sash that doesn't move

What should you do before installing weather stripping around doors?

  • Tighten the hinge screws.
  • Strip the paint from the door.
  • Loosen the hinge screws.

Why might you need to plane the door before weather stripping?

  • to straighten it
  • to align it
  • to prevent binding

Bronze, aluminum and copper are common finishes for what kind of weather stripping?

  • felt
  • spring-metal strips
  • tubular gasket

What advantage does pressure-sensitive foam have as weather stripping?

  • It's permanent.
  • Its cushioning effect silences slamming.
  • It's recyclable.

Which type of door threshold is more likely to need replacing over time?

  • a plastic one
  • a wooden one
  • a metal one

How are metal thresholds usually secured?

  • with screws underneath vinyl inserts
  • with thumbtacks
  • with long bolts

What's the name for the filler between the threshold and the bottom of the door?

  • sweep
  • grip
  • clasp