Bulb Seal Replacement
For anyone with a damaged Bulb Seal (located in-between the upper and lower halves); here’s an alternate solution I used on my Hilo. As some of you may know, it is very expensive to have this seal replaced (probably around $1500/parts & labor? Or DIY $300 for the bulb seal alone?). I decided that instead of replacing the seal, I would use the suggestion posted by forum member “r67northern” where he used a garage door sweep attached to the outside of the upper halve. All credit goes to him for posting this idea! Thank you!! But…I started thinking ‘why can’t I install this garage door sweep on the inside of the 2 halves?’ Well, that’s exactly what I did. I ordered a 100ft roll of garage door sweep/seal from Lowe’s (about $45), plenty for this project and I have some leftover for my actual garage door if needed.
Here’s how I did it: I removed the wood trim that goes all the way around the inside of the upper halve and laid down the garage door sweep, I used my staple gun to fasten it down and then re-installed the wood trim. The staples and the wood trim screws hold it in place, and since I didn’t remove the original bulb seal it created a nice second seal all the way around. I expect this garage door sweep/seal to last many-a-years!! So, for those that are a little handy or don’t want to spend BIG $$, this may be an alternate solution. Here are some photos of my project.