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How do you determine if a door is Right Handed (RH) or Left Handed (LH)?

I am replacing a few interior doors and I need to know if the existing door is Right Handed or Left Handed so I have them drilled correctly. Sounds like the acronyms for this are RH and LH. This ...
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How can I fix a door that doesn't close because it doesn't fit the frame?

Two closet doors in my house won't close all the way. When they are about 85% closed, it stops because the top of the door is rubbing up against the frames. It looks like I need to move the door down ...
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Should we install carpet before the baseboard and door casings?

We just had a carpet layer come in for measurements and a quote. We've not put in the baseboard or door casings yet, but the carpet layer has suggested that this will make things easier. Is this true ...
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Any US building codes about a door opening into a hallway near a stairway?

A while ago I changed a door out from my tiny bathroom so that it opens outside of the bathroom and into the hallway. It looks attractive and provides a great deal more room in the bathroom making it ...
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How do I determine rough opening sizes for common closet door sizes?

At the hardware store I see bifold closet doors listed in sizes like 36x80, 48x80, 72x80. I'm not sure if these are nominal sizes or exactly which parts they're measuring from. How would I determine ...
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Can I safely make a door frame taller?

UPDATE: April 22 What I ended up doing was removing the trim non-destructively. Above the door frame, it was clearly not load bearing, so I continued and was not so non-destructive. The end-result ...
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Why do we screw doors into the doorframe rather than the studs?

I just finished fixing my door to my garage, which would not latch because the door had sagged. The final remedy was to drill the holes in the hinges deeper and put 2" long screws into the frame to ...
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How do I repair a broken wooden door jamb?

Is there a cheap and simple way to repair this damaged bedroom door jamb? The result should look nice, but need not be very strong. Click any image for full size
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Why do my new door hinges prevent my door from shutting completely?

I have installed some new standard 3" door hinges with a small corner radius on a 32" door. The doors are solid-core oak doors. The hinges appear to look fine and fit perfectly flush in the existing ...
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How can I fit a door in a frame that is too small?

I bought some used French doors to replace a sliding door. The sliding door measured 96" X 60". The French doors measure 96" X 60¼". I made the mistake of not measuring both doors. I just ...
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How to fill between door frame and tile

When tiling the bathroom, I cut the door frame higher up than I needed to and now have a large gap. Please advise the best method of filling this gaps so that it looks professional. Some choices - 1. ...
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Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?

OK I had a hard time thinking of a good title but here's the gist of the problem/concern I have which I can't find an answer to anywhere online. Please note that this is a very specific but common ...
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What animal are these coffee-ground-like leavings around my doorframe from?

We are finding strange stuff around the frame of our bathroom door. It looks almost like ground coffee, and has no discernible smell. It's getting out of hand: we cleaned it up yesterday and this much ...
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Door jamb on a 2.5" thick wall

What approach can be used to fabricate and install a door jamb on a 2.5" thick wall? The wall is composed of 2x4 on side (1.5") and two sheets of 1/2" drywall. Edit: I have an old 5 panel door that ...
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What are some tips for fixing gaps between door and jamb in an exterior door?

I have an exterior door that was apparently installed by unskilled monkeys. The gap between the jamb and door when it is closed goes from close to normal (1/4") at the top to large enough to see ...
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How do I fix a loose door frame?

I'm attempting to repair an interior door that is sticking. I first thought the problem was with the door but I soon discovered that the door frame is loose at the base. (see image) I guess I have ...
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How do I repair a door jamb that has soft and split wood at the hinge in my 100 year old house?

We have an old house (100+ years) with original door frames. The top hinge on one door has come away from the door frame - the wood is split and soft, so the screws have no bite. I'm thinking the ...
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How do I fix a door that's sticking closed?

I have a few doors in my house that tend to stick when you try to open them. A few of these I was able to fix by tightening loose screws or repairing stripped screw-holes, which got the hinge plates ...
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How do I repair this interior door?

I am trying to fix a door that the kids broke. Should I use use wood glue, clamps, and some small nails?
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Adding sidelights to a front entrance that does not have them

I am trying to determine the cost, effort and complexity of adding sidelights to an entrance way that currently does not have them. Would the entire front door way need to be re-framed, header, ...
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Best way to cover bedroom doorway that has no door?

I have recently moved to a new 'two room' apartment which I guess was formerly a one room apartment that was that was split in two by a wall whose stability I cannot really vouch for. The main ...
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How to frame a door in a passageway?

I'd like to add a door into the entrance of a passageway which leads into the bedrooms. The entrance dimensions are 87 1/4 X 39 3/4 and is drywall. it seems the standard door widths are 36 X 80, so it ...
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How do I fix interior and exterior doors that do not close properly?

I have a couple doors in my house that are having problems. I know that I likely have foundation problems, but I can't afford the $6000 - $10000 to have that fixed at the moment. I need an interim ...
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Door sticking, frame no longer square, is this serious?

I'm a rookie home owner. My "mudroom" door (never heard that term before this house) has started to stick. The house was built in 1952. At the time it was just the house, and the garage and mudroom ...
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How to fit a new door in a narrower frame?

I would like to replace a door which has non standard dimensions. The door itself is old, 8 cm wider and 5 cm taller than current doors. It is also very expensive to order a new door for these ...
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How can I fit patio French doors in a frame that is too small?

My question is very similar to "How can I fit a door in a frame that is too small?" except my house is made of concrete block. I bought a used patio French door to replace my sliding door. The ...
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Is it safe to cut a bit into a “Double Header(?)” over a closet door that supports ceiling beams?

So, I a closet with a lot of wood over the door area. I was hoping to make a small window over the door area for a projector. It currently looks like this from the outside. Here are the beams seen ...
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How do I reduce door shut noise?

I live in a 3 bedroom shared house and want to reduce the noise that the bathroom door makes when it closes. I tried to find a photo of the door. It's basically a old mansion block of apartments in ...
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My front door frame doesn't appear to support installing a storm door; is there anything I can do?

I bought a storm door to for the front of my house, and realized too late that there's no inset in the front door frame to install one. My options at this point appear to be to A) Forget it and ...
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Best method of repairing plastic door frame

I dropped a canister going through the outside patio doorway and the corner chipped away the plastic door frame. I see that these frames are all one piece and expensive and time consuming to replace. ...
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How to attach short bottom plate for door frame to concrete floor?

I'm framing out my basement, which I've done once before in an old house. I use the treated wood (green board?) for the bottom plate, raise up the frames, get everything level, and use cut nails to ...
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When is the best period to fix a door frame?

When we moved in our condo, one of the doors had issues closing correctly so we decided to fix it during last autumn. We made it to close perfectly. It seems the house has moved a lot during this ...
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Door newly out of plane - just winter weather or bad framing?

My front door is out of plane - the top left corner does not sit completely in the frame. The funny thing is this is brand new. We've lived in the house for two years and it just started this winter. ...
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Door makes loud bump upon closure

I have one interior door that is solid wood (84"x36"x1-3/4") in a metal stud wall with single layer of gypsum board on each side. When I close the door, and the door slab hits the door stop it makes ...
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How do I replace a storm door when I have a cracked door jamb?

So my storm door is in rough shape, and needs to be replaced. It is a Larson storm with two closers (one at the top and one at the bottom). The replacement door I have picked out is a Pella Select ...
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How do I keep the door jamb moulding from pulling away from the wall when hardware is screwed in?

Total novice here. My wife wants one of those security door guards (a hinged arm that swings open to a point) on the door. I had bought the hardware, but put it off when the provided screws turned out ...
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Does the rough opening for this door need to be reframed?

I bought an inexpensive 32" prehung entry door to replace an old wood door in my detached garage. After removing the old door and some really bad furring work, the rough opening is just shy of 36" ...
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Filling Gap Between External Door Frame and Wall - For Securing Strike Plate Screws

What can I use to fill a gap between a door frame and the wall, at the location where the strike plate screws will be anchored? I recently installed a new external door frame where the wall ended up ...
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How to attach a bar in a doorframe

For a homemade fitness equipment I need to attach a bar to a door frame without using screws or modifying/damaging the doorframe. The only idea I had was to use a pullup bar which one can clamp into ...
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How can I rehang heavy fire doors?

I need to re-hang a sagging door (actually several). I've seen this question and answer, but wonder if my situation doesn't call for something a bit different. My issues: 1) its a heavy fire-door ...
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How do I add a new exterior door to a room?

I have a room where I would like to add a door to the outside. The house siding is cedar shingles and the room is not insulated (which I am going to add). I believe it should be relatively simple to ...
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How can I install a pre-hung door when soundboard has been installed?

Normally a 2x4 wall has a finished thickness of 4.5" (2x4 + 2x 1/2" drywall) I have 1/2" soundboard under one side of the drywall so my finished thickness is 5" I know that I can custom-order ...
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How can I get my entry door to stay closed?

Our entry door opens and closes fine but it won't engage the latch when it's closed. It almost seems like it's too small for the frame. The wind just howls through the opening and the strike plate on ...
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Installing a door threshold on concrete slab

I am trying to install the following door threshold on a concrete slab. The door leads outside and the old threshold was rotted from water penetration. The following pictures show the concrete ...
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ivy growing between sliding glass door frame

On the ground floor of my house, I have a sliding glass door. A small stalk of ivy has grown through the caulk (or other sealant?) between the frame/wall of the house and the frame of the sliding ...
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What technique is used to cut these door moulding?

I have some door trims that need replacing and I want to match them with the rest of the house. I tried doing a straight mitre but they don't look as good and because it's an old house the door isn't ...
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How do I build an “internal frame” for a reclaimed wood door?

I heard that doors like the one below are made with an internal frame, and then it receives the faces of reclaimed wood. How is the frame constructed and how are the wood boards fastened to the ...
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What is the proper way to install a exterior door in brick/drywall wall?

A little background: in Brazil drywall is kind of novelty yet, mostly used on comercial building. Houses here are still built only using bricks, with the jambs of door being affixed to the bricks ...
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How to reverse a door's opening direction

I found a previous question which is similar to this. However, that person was asking about having the door open outward in the opposite direction. I had initially thought about doing as much, but ...
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How would I go about installing a prehung door in this opening?

I've got an actual opening of 35.5" in an opening between my basement and garage. I'd like to install a prehung door (first time), and am a bit confused about the width necessary for framing. My ...