French Door Draught Proofing Kit | Draught Dodgers | FAQ

 Q: I’m not really sure how or where to start?
A: That is no problem at all. We have a series of ecoMasterClasses on just about every topic of energy efficiency. All the information is totally free. Click here to check it out. 

Q: My doors don’t open and close properly. Can I still install the French Door Draught Proofing kit?
A: It is always best practice to ensure that your doors operate freely and that the latches and locks work correctly prior to installing draught proofing. Adding draught proofing components to doors that don’t work well will certainly not make them work better. 

Q: The timber on my doors is badly weathered. Will this kit still work?
A: Generally yes, the draught proofing kit will still work, however there may be difficulty getting the adhesive to bond with weathered timber. In this case you may need to pin timber components on with brads and screw fix aluminium components. 

Q: Is the sequence of installation important?
A: Yes. PLEASE WATCH ALL OF THE INSTALLATION VIDEOS so that you fully understand how to install.

  • For BOTH sill and butt kits, fit the draught dodgers to the perimeter of the door, then the EMV to the centre.
  • For sill kits where the door opens inward, fit a compressive seal to the edge of the sill threshold and fit RP5 to the bottom inside. 
  • For sill kits where the doors open outward, fit RP5 to the bottom outside of the door.
  • For butt kits fit sections of draught dodgers with the brush to the inside bottom of the door. 

Q: Do I have to use the fitting packer?
A: Yes! The fitting packers have been provided to ensure the draught dodgers are fitted at exactly the right distance from the face of the door. Not using the fitting packer also guarantees an inferior result.

Q: Once stuck in place, will I still be able to peel off the self adhesive components?
A: Unfortunately, no. Once they are on, they are on! So please do not rush - make sure you have plenty of time to WATCH THE INSTALLATION VIDEOS and prepare carefully.

Q: My doors are outward opening with a Sill Threshold (it looks like Type A in your diagram). Can I install the bottom treatment for the doors on the inside?
A: No. That will make them impossible (or at least very difficult) to open. The bottom treatment must go on the outside of the doors.

Q: The centre of my door is quite rough and the EMV doesn’t stick to it. What can I do?
A: The EMV will only stick to a smooth surface. If the centre of your door has a rough surface, then either sand it and paint it or get some “mirror mounting tape” and fit that first. The “mirror mounting tape” is slightly conformable around the bumps and the EMV will bond to the other side of the tape. Note that this will require a larger size gap to accommodate both the mirror mounting tape and the EMV.

Q: One of my doors is warped and no longer aligns with the other door. What can I do?
A: The main issue is usually at the head (top) of the jam where the door misalignment is typically the greatest. In this case, cut the draught dodger for the head of the jam at the centre join. Fit the draught dodger for the active door using the fitting packer in the usual way (refer to video instructions under the “How To” tab). When fitting the draught dodger for the inactive door, use the fitting packer at the hinge side and then gradually fit the draught dodger a little closer to the inactive door (it will be held firm by a bolt) to minimise the misalignment at the centre. Note that the seal on the inactive door will be more compressed than usual.

Q: What if I have extra tall french doors? Will this fit work for me?
A: The draught dodgers will fit regular tall doors which are normally 2350mm in height. If you have taller doors than this, you will need to join the side draught dodgers to make up the height. Usually off cuts from the head (top of the door) will be sufficient to do that.

Q: I'm wondering why the Draught Dodger component is not sticking to my joinery. It let go after a few days even though I cleaned the surface thoroughly.
A: The adhesive used in our Draught Dodgers range is potentially incompatible with some raw timber finishes that includes, but may not be limited to, Sikkens Cetol BLX-Pro. If the Draught Dodgers have come away from the surface, timber ones can be re-fixed with brads (small nails) and aluminum ones with screws to hold them in place. Please be sure to use the fitting packer to get the best performance out of your Draught Dodgers.

Q: Do you have a recommended installer for the French Door Draught Proofing Kit?
A: A recommended installer is highly location dependent. To find out if we have a recommended installer in your area please contact us here or call 1300 326 627.

Q: Can I get a sample?
A: Unfortunately, we do not have samples of the French Door Draught Proofing Kit.

Q: I did not watch the videos and have stuck the draught dodgers onto the door in the wrong place. Now I can’t put the seals in.
A: Yes, unfortunately that is quite problematic. We do provide the videos to ensure you get a quality result. However, we can’t make you watch them. The Draught Dodgers can be removed from the door, but the self adhesive tape will not restick. You could nail or screw the Draught Dodgers on (in the correct place) using the fitting packer after you have watched the video.

Q: Are there any videos that will help me with installing?
A: All ecoMaster products have informative videos created by our Technical Director. These videos will provide you with easy step by step instructions to assist with your DIY Install. You can find this by clicking the tab “How To”.