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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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Which cylinder door lock shield design is most secure?

I'm planning to place a shield on my front door and would like to know which of the 3 shield designs is the most secure option and why. Basic design characteristics: Top Left: the outside part of ...
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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 can I stop my doors from leaking at each corner?

We have a new addition with one metal door with no glass, and French doors with glass. I have had 3 different people try and fix them but they still leak. It used to leak the length of the floor from ...
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How can I reduce outside noise inside my apartment?

I would like to reduce the outside noise from inside my apartment. Outside, of my apartment is the hallway, and it can get noisy. I was thinking about placing felt pads on my door to reduce the ...
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Key card door lock?

I'm looking to add a card scanner door lock to an existing door that currently only functions with a key and a simple pull handle. It has a mortise-style lock so the backset on the door (to the ...
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Where can I find a key for my old locks?

My house was build in 1938 and the whole house has these door knobs everywhere. I believe they were made by Dexter. Is there a way to ID them properly and, if so, where can I find someone who makes a ...
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How can I stop my shower doors from hitting one another and making an awful noise?

I have glass doors in the shower of my master bathroom and when I open and close the doors the screws hold the panes of glass to the runners are bumping into one another and making an awful noise. I ...
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Screen Door Replace

I have a screen door seen below that my cat is now jumping through (not good lol) Can anyone point me in the right direction as to what kind of screen I should get and where? I'm sure something could ...
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How do I reduce noise from the bolt hitting the strike plate on a door with an automatic closer?

In our office, the door at the entrance has a k2 door closer. Our problem is that when the door closes, it makes a very loud clicking noise. I believe this is the result of the latch bolt hitting the ...
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Closing refrigerator's door causes freezer's door to stay open

The problem with the freezer door is that when the refrigerator's door is pushed closed, the door of the freezer slightly opens and stays open without re-closing and sealing itself properly, leaving a ...
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How to make door not latch

In my house, I have a door that leads to my bedroom. This may seem trivial, but I would like to open the door just by pulling the handle towards me, instead of having to pull down. That is just an ...
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Replacing Exterior Back Door

I want to replace my exterior back door with a new model/etc of the same size. What I'm wondering is if I have to replace the frame of the door as well or can I simply just buy the door and bolt it ...
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Is it worth it to replace hollow-core interior doors with solid core doors?

I bought a house built in 1970 which still has the original interior doors. They are hollow-core, boring, brown doors. I am debating whether to simply paint them white or replace them with new ...
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Replacement part for glass balcony door

I need to replace this part, but I do not know what it is called (see picture). It serves to limit the range of motion of an aluminum frame glass door. It is exposed when the door is open. When ...
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Sticky door when opening, sounds like sticky paint [duplicate]

I am trying to find a solution to my door sticking when I open it. It creates a loud popping sound from the wood after being stuck together. This would be my bathroom door, i work late hours and when ...
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Alternatives to adjusting strikeplate height?

Before I go forward with a fix like this one, are there any alternatives to moving the strike plate when the amount of adjustment needed is minor (the door will latch if you lift up on it). I ...
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How can I remove a dead bolt?

I'm trying to remove a 16 yr. old Titan Dead Bolt. I have it disassembled but cannot get it out of the door. There is no strike plate on the door that I can remove. There is only a brass ring that the ...
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2-part door for raised patio (horizontal and vertical) with tiles possible?

I have a patio that is raised on meter off the ground. On a side of it there are stairs that lead to a storage room. I would like to build a door for this opening from two parts a 1-meter high ...
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How to fix a double door that has shifted during the winter

Like many regions, this was the worst winter we've had in 20+ years. Over the winter I've noticed that my double doors leading outside have shifted considerably. The top of the doors now rub together, ...
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Back door frame no longer square

I live on the 3rd (top) floor of a condo building. Our back door - which opens to the outside, is not square. The building was built in 2006 and the drywall around the door at the corners is cracked ...
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Privacy lever on door not locking

The door handles on a number of my rooms do not seem to lock. They're all privacy levers with turn button on the inside and emergency key on the outside. I believe they are the Galiano model by ...
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What should I do about this unfinished corner?

I've got this bit next to my back door that looks like it was never properly finished. There doesn't seem to be any structural issue, so I'd feel comfortable fixing it myself. Trouble is, I have no ...
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How do I know if my wood front door's finish is weather proof?

We just moved into a new home. The wood front door is semi-sheltered by a small porch. The front of the house has southern exposure and has the most exposure to the weather. There was an unsightly ...
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How can I determine the fire rating of my entry door?

I am trying to determine the Fire Rating of the entry door to my condo. The only label on the door has the following: A 111389 2688 S5712
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how can I clean a prefinished door?

I have a prefinished bedroom door and it appears to have developed a grey patch that looks like grease. The patch isn't grease, however it just appeared by itself. Any help as to how I can get clean ...
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How to reduce noise from trash chute door closing?

I live in an apartment and unfortunately I live in a room right next to the trash chute room. I hear this loud clicking noise multiple times a day, including sometimes at night and it's starting to ...
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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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How to deal with seasonal expansion and contraction of wood indoors?

Some doors in my apartment are subject to seasonal changes, similar to what is described here. I made adjustments: shimmed some hinges, shaved off some material here and there with a planer, and the ...
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How to get my exterior door to close when the interior door is also shut? Air pressure problem.

We have a new porch and new composite front door which fits well and shuts without difficulty when the inner door is open. If the inner door is shut, the outer door will not close without great ...
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Water ingress through top of garden doors in bad storms

Water is coming in the top of my French windows - they are 5 years old and it has only started happening in the last 2 months while we are experiencing unusually strong storms in the UK and is only ...
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Need help with repairing a door

Someone must have kicked in the door of the house I just bought. The door faces the sun all day long. It is really unsightly and doesn't seat well. I think this is a bit out of my hands to repair. My ...
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Making a timber frame cupboard door using an MDF insert to hold its shape

I have been working on a design for some cupboard doors. The requirements are: - Simple to build so that an low-skilled wood-worker (myself) can put it together. - Be strong enough that the door ...
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Puzzled on which Door Jamb to order

My existing door jamb is 5 9/16 i m ordering pre hung interior doors my cut choices are 5 1/2 ( 5 8/16 ) or 5 5/8 ( 5 10/16 ) What would you do and why or why not on ...
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Can I make a RH inswing exterior door into a Left hand reverse outward swing

I have purchased a wrong door , Im a carpenter and don't know if its possible to change the door from a Right hand inward swing to a Lt hand reverse swing door ?
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Find replacement decorative wood spindle for screen door

I have a wood screen door in the screened-in porch that is missing a decorative spindle. It came with the house, so I don't know the manufacturer. There are also no marking anywhere on it, and I've ...
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Leak at top of entry door jamb

So winter in Chicagoland is well upon us, and the snow at the top of the house is melting and we have a leak. The house entry point (well, the one we can see) is at the top of the jamb, between the ...
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Weslock Double Locking Deadbolt Impossible to Remove from Door:

I have an old Weslock double-locking deadbolt which is dying a slow death. After removing the outer mechanism, I attempted to remove the inner mechanism simply by tugging. But I've pulled on it so ...
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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 to drill a hole in the wood without an electric drill?

During a travel in Laos, I need to drill some holes into a double-door's wood to install a locker. The wood is rather hard, and I don't have an electric drill (and can't find it). I only have 2 small ...
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How to add door trim where there isn't enough room?

I'm adding molding to my living room, but have one entryway where there isn't enough room on the side to add the full width of the pilaster. What are my options? I do plan on having a 5" base ...
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What style of lock for swinging garage doors that shift with the weather?

This is a rim lock on a swinging "carriage style" garage door from 1925. The lock is terrible, very hard to adjust, and to keep adjusted as seasonal variations occur the spacing. The lock is keyed ...
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Can someone unlock a locked door and lock it back again without the key?

Is it possible for someone to unlock your front door get into your house and then lock the door again without being supplied with a key?
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How can I fix this portion of sliding screen door track?

The track which my screen door slides on has weep holes. One of them finally gave way, leaving a gap ( see photos). I cannot find this track style anywhere that I, as a general consumer, have ...
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In what order should I complete these projects?

We would like to complete the following projects on our home. Assume we cannot afford more than one at a time, so they must be completed sequentially. Add electrical outlets outside ( we have some ...
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Is there a special name in the US for round/hollow neoprene door seals like these?

I know I run the risk of posting a "shopping" question, but I don't know of any other place to go for this. I am looking to create a custom door gasket to do around a new soundproof door I made. I ...
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Why does my bathroom door make a cracking sound when opening it?

My bathroom door makes a cracking sound whenever I open it. When the screws are tight against the hinges, it makes the cracking sound when I open the door. But when I loosen each screw, the cracking ...
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Fixing vintage glass doorknobs with loose glass to brass connection

I have a number of 1930's glass doorknobs which are loose, not at the set screw, but between the glass knob and the brass holder. Nearly every knob in the entire house has the same problem. They all ...
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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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Is it ok to trim a header to make a door fit?

I want to install a closet door under my stairway in my basement. The stairway is in the center of the basement and the main support beam is split. There is neither a support beam nor a header ...
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How do I adjust for a door jamb that's thicker than the wall?

I have a wall that is measured at 4-1/4" thick (standard 2x4 with 3/8" drywall on both sides). The door jamb is standard 4-11/16" wide, which leaves an extra 7/16" or nearly 1/2 an inch to play with. ...