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Blocking up an old letterbox

Discussion in 'Windows and Doors' started by SmileyDan, 22 Sep 2014.

  1. SmileyDan

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    I have a letterbox in the middle of our door which I want to block up. The aim is to remove the terrible draughts coming through the door. In addition, we want deliveries to be made at a different part of our house, so I have installed a wall mounted post box there.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to blank off the letterbox? Once I have removed the box it should just be a big hole in the door. I intend to fill that with polystyrene or rigid insulation, probably seal that in with expanding foam to avoid moist air getting to the external face.

    I was wondering about using a plain fingerplate turned horizontal but would that survive the weather?

    The door is painted hardwood.
     
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    What about a block of wood?

    Andy
     
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    I wondered whether it would be hard to match the grain of the existing door and end up looking like it was a naff effort... Maybe I'm wrong. Don't know where I'd get a small block of oak from tbh.
     
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    You can still see the grain... I guess I would have to paint the whole door. But maybe you're right...
     
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    I did this to my inner front door after building a porch on the front of my house, using a pair of reclaimed Victorian finger plates. Admittedly mine isn't exposed to the weather, so I can't comment on that bit. You could always polish and lacquer the outside one (if it wasn't lacquered already).

    Cheers
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