Home Tips with RACV’s Handy Andy: How to seal door gaps

Living Well | RACV | Posted on 19 May 2020

Learn how to do simple home maintenance jobs with RACV's Handy Andy.

Home Tips with RACV’s Handy Andy continues this week with a helpful guide to sealing your doors to block out the winter chill.

This new video series offers tips, tricks and helpful guidance on how to address common issues around your home. Watch the latest episode to find out how to seal door gaps and keep that draught outside. 

Lesson three: How to seal door gaps

Getting ready for winter? This week RACV's Handy Andy will show you how to seal your doors for winter to block out the cold.

 RACV’s Required tools: 

  • Special door seal – includes rubber strip and double-sided tape
  • Marker
  • Rag
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety gloves
  • Hacksaw – optional, depending on how big your door is


  1. Purchase special door seal from local hardware store
  2. Mark the end of the door on door seal
  3. Referring to marking, use hacksaw to cut door seal
  4. Spray rubbing oil on rag and wipe area where door seal will be placed
  5. Place marks on door where door seal will sit
  6. Carefully peel away the back of your door seal
  7. Place on door

Lesson two: How to unblock downpipes

Home Tips with RACV’s Handy Andy continues, this time with Andy guiding you through how to unblock downpipes and prevent water overflow from your gutters.

 RACV’s Required tools: 

  • Sturdy ladder
  • Bucket – for any leaves and debris
  • Safety gloves
  • Hose


  1. Locate downpipe
  2. Position ladder on solid ground
  3. Look for and clean any debris along the gutter and at the top of the downpipe
  4. Place the hose into the downpipe – take the end off the hose first
  5. Wash away any remaining debris

Lesson one: How to adjust uneven door hinges

We kicked off our home maintenance how-to series with one of the easiest and most common home maintenance tasks: how to adjust uneven door hinges. 

Required tools: 

  • Screwdriver – flathead or a Phillips head depending on the screws used
  • Pair of scissors
  • Thin, strong, compressed cardboard (eg coaster)
  • Safety gloves


  1. Loosen middle hinge screws
  2. Remove bottom hinge screws
  3. Place cardboard behind the hinge to prop it out as required
  4. Replace screws in the bottom hinge again
  5. Tighten middle hinge screws back

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