Movable barriers at the entrance of buildings, rooms, cupboards, etc. which can be used to allow or deny access to the space beyond. Typically attached to surrounding structure using hinges, sliders, swivels, etc.

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How to adjust strike plate in a metal door jamb

My bathroom door isn't latching properly and it seems that the strike plate is not seated properly in the jamb. It's a 1950s apartment and all the door frames are metal, so I can't just chip away some ...
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Should I use longer screws or cardboard shims for fixing skewed doors?

I have several interior doors on all three floors of a house that are skewed to the point that the latch no longer slides into the strike plate. If the door has a lock, this means I cannot use the ...
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attic access to the outside

If i build in my attic 2 bedrooms do I need to have a access door to the outside or some kind of ladder. The attic is the 2nd story of my home and has normal stairs going up from the main floor living ...
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hanging closet bypass doors

I want to hang bypass doors in the closets. The finished opening is 48". Do I use 2 24" doors and leave gap on each end or do I use a 24 and a 26 for the overlap so they look even, or 2 26ers
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How to tighten a door handle with no visible screws or holes

I'm trying to figure out how to tighten the handle on the front door of a new condo unit. I've done a bunch of googling and watched some YouTube videos, but they all either have 1) visible screws, 2) ...
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How can I fix a screen door that sticks?

I have a sliding screen door that leads out to a porch/deck. The door continually sticks and is just doesn't slide open cleanly. Otherwise the screen and everything is fine. Is there something I ...
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Don't know where lever is to open top latch on steel cellar door

I recently took over my recently passed Grandmother's house and she has a furnace in the cellar. Of course, the furnace went out, so I need access to the cellar in order to fix it. I moved from out of ...
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How can I swap sliding door panels?

I have a patio door with the sliding panel on the outside track rather than the inside. can I swap the panels without doing major surgery.
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Can I re-shim the strike side of my door jamb to make a 28" door fit?

My old door was 27 3/4 inches. The new doors are sold in a standard 28" size. Instead of trying to cut a 1/4 inch of the door (I don't have a saw guide) I thought it would be easier to pull the trim ...
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What are my options for making up for a narrower replacement door jamb?

We just replaced an old sliding glass door in our house, but the new unit has a jamb that is about 1.5 inches narrower then the old jamb. We've decided to do a decorative tile strip for the floor, but ...
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Do I need to replace the garage door opener or just the remotes to upgrade to rolling code technology?

I have an old Craftsman Garage door system from the mid 80s. It still works great and for my cars, we have moved to the in car remote openers. We also have a wall remote code to access the garage ...
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How do I rehang a wooden door with worn screw holes?

I have a wood door in one of my rooms where the top screws no longer hold the hinge to the wall because the screw holes have worn loose. I have tried slightly larger screws and filling with wood ...
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How to fix a damaged door frame?

We have damaged the interior side of our master bedroom door. The door got jammed and when we forced it open, it got damaged; the molding of the door is damaged. I have attached the photo. Need some ...
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French doors are falling apart and don't close

I have a pair of french doors in my place not much unlike these The seams at the top of the door are coming apart and now they overlap when they shut and you have to open them both a bit, line them ...
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How do I repair my Crawlspace Door?

I have a crawl-space door that is starting to look rather beat-up. I would rather repair the door rather then replace it as it has thick foam insulation on the other side. What can I do to fix the ...
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What direction should lever-style door handles be oriented?

What direction should lever-style door handles be oriented? According to this guy on YouTube, the traditional way is "middle of the curve up, end of the curve down", which "looks better", but you can ...
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Big gap for interior lock

Problem: there is a big gap between the side of the door where the lock is and the frame of the recess, so that the lock latch doesn't reach the strike plate to keep the door shut. It takes a slight ...
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Quiet door latch

I have a bathroom door that is quite loud when operated. And when someone goes to the bathroom at night, it innevatibly wakes someone up (and baby room is just across from the bathroom!) there are 3 ...
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How to stop my mobile home's new doors from leaking when it rains?

We just replaced two exterior doors on our mobile home. Now both doors leak at the bottom of the door where the door meets the frame. With the doors closed, you can see light at both the corners ...
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I need to make a swinging cat-door in a piece of furniture but I can't figure out how to hinge it

I'm trying to convert a cabinet into cat litter storage. I've cut a piece out of the side of the cabinet and want to re-attach it as a top-mounted swinging door for the cat to get in and out. ...
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How does a microwave door interlock work and is a DIY repair feasible?

Our microwave has developed a problem. If the door isn't shut just so, the microwave thinks that it is open. The door can be shut too lightly or too hard to exhibit the problem. Recently it has ...
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At what height should a door knob be?

I'm installing a few new doors, and bought slab doors to save some money. I have a jig for boring the door knob holes, but I'm not sure where on the door to put the hole. Is there a standard height ...
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I replaced my door hinges and now the door is too tight at the door jam. Why?

The original is a 3.5" square hinge and is 1/8" thick and replaced it with the same. With the old hinges in, I noticed 1/16" gap at the door jam. But, when I put the new hinges on and hung it, there ...
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Should I replace or repair my dead/dying garage door?

My garage door opener is on its last legs, should I replace it or try to fix it? Symptoms: The door does not initially move when the button is pushed, but after giving the door a boost it opens. ...
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What is the name of this cast metal part inside my lockset?

I have a Baldwin front door lockset that doesn't completely retract the latch when using the thumb lever. The handleset is similar to this: model After dismantling the thumb latch assembly, I ...
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Security for Outswinging Door (Patio) Not Sliding door

I live on the 1st floor (Ground floor) in an apartment complex. The door opens outside into the patio not inside to the apartment. How do I secure the door while we are inside the apartment? Any ...
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Is it worth having two locks in exterior doors?

I've noticed that some places have a lock in the knob and a deadbolt in the exterior doors, and some places have a knob without a lock and just a deadbolt. Is there a benefit to having a lock in the ...
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How can I replace a sliding glass door with a broken seal?

I have a sliding glass door and the glass is etched around side; the seal broke and dust has come in and I don't know how to fix it.
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Replacing my locks/door handles

I'm going to replace the locks in my home. I'm doing this because we are renting the property out and I want to get keys that are "un-duplicatable" (the kind where only the owner is allowed to make ...
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How can I fix a hole in a hollow wooden door?

Recently the lock in my wooden door failed and the only way to open the door was to "motivate" the lock. Unfortunately the door was hollow and I ended up putting my foot through it. Now, rather than ...
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Why doesn't my Touch N Go garage door opener lift the door?

I have a Touch N Go model 100 garage door opener, with a remote and a push-button on the wall. When I press the opener or the wall button, I hear a click (I'm assuming this is a relay) and then there ...
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How do I fix an exterior door knob that will unlock but not turn?

My back door (which is only two years old) has a door knob that recently suddenly stopped turning. I can lock and unlock it, but it just won't turn. Here's a picture of the inside of the door knob: ...
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Will the door I wish to build last using my method?

I am new to this forum and am glad to now be a part of what seems like a knowledgeable friendly community. I have a question about a method I used to make my front door. The reason I am asking is that ...
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How should I paint around my newly hung doors?

I just replaced my old doors with some new pre-hung ones. Taking out the old ones ripped some of the thick paint off. Also, in some cases, the new trim doesn't reach to where the old trim was, so ...
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How can I adjust for an uneven exterior door threshold?

What is the most appropriate way to adjust for an uneven threshold on an exterior door? In the image below you can see the gap that exists on one side of the door. We have considered taking up the ...
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How to stop cold drafts caused by a warped door sill?

One of my external door sill weather-strip is slightly warped near the center producing an area where cold air can flow in. The door sweep appears to make good contact on the left and right sides ...
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How do I fill in holes in a fire door?

I removed a piece of door hardware I'd screwed into the metal firedoor we have on the front of the house. Now, I have two holes in the door. The only advice I've found is this guy who seems to default ...
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How to open a stuck cellar door

I have a door in my cellar that is stuck. Of course, my tools are all on the other side of said door (but I guess my credit card isn't, so that is a plus). It has no lock and I cannot run anything ...
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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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How to repair (or hide) chipped kitchen cabinets

Our tired old kitchen is getting a make-over! Is there a method to repair damaged laminate-chipboard cabinet doors? As you can see in the photo the base has chipped away and it is very flaky. I'm ...
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Why does my latch not retract when I push or swing the door shut, but will retract when the knob/lever is used?

This just started today. I have to turn the knob in order for the latch to retract. Before, I could just push to door shut and the latch would retract when it hit the plate on the door frame. But now ...
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Front Door - Sound after closing it

I just moved into a flat and the front door has been bothering me. When I close the door, around 3-5 seconds later I hear a loud clicking/popping sound. It's like a lock moving into place or ...
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Removing a Schlage door knob with stripped screw heads

I made the mistake of trying to remove a Schlage lockset with a regular screw driver too many times. (The knob makes it impossible for an ordinary driver to seat properly on the Phillips screw head. ...
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Should I trim or bend the lip to a strike plate?

Inside my house, the strike plates are T-shaped and the protruding tongue sticks out 10-13 mm (3/8"-1/2"). Occasionally someone gets their clothing caught on the strike plate. It seems to me that ...
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Is it safe to remove 2 “extra” jack studs to make a 60" wide door opening wider?

We went to install our new main entrance 60" door (replacing double-door with single door and 2 sidelights). After we received the new door and shaved out more of the sheet rock, we saw that there ...
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Trapdoor: which first, frame or floor?

I'm installing a trapdoor to provide easier access to the basement. This is the first step in a kitchen renovation so I've also taken up the laminate flooring. The hole for the trapdoor is already ...
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Replacing a door's glass panel with a wood panel

I basically have the following type of back door: The problem is that my girlfriend moved in with me. Well not, really, her dog did and we need to install a pet door. The problem is I need the ...
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How can I repair a door that a dog chewed on?

My dog is an escape artist and managed to get out of her crate today. She then tried to chew her way through my bedroom door to escape confinement. Though unsuccessful, she did damage a significant ...
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How can I stop mice from chewing garage door bottom weather strip?

I noticed that there was a 1" gap between the edge of either side of the bottom rubber weather strip on the garage door and the door frame. Now I see that it is 3-4", and likely being chewed by ...