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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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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How to avoid using door trim

I have installed a new pre-hung door that needs to blend in with the surrounding wall. The door is a flat slab and will be painted the same as the wall. I don't want to use door trim as I need a flat ...
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Should I paint door hinges?

Is it better to paint door hinges when painting a door and frame or should I remove them so they keep a metal look? I've hung a new door with new hinges and am about to paint. Most of the doors I see ...
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How do I prevent doors on a media cabinet from sagging?

A friend and I have just built a floor to ceiling media shelf unit for DVDs. It has 9 shelves and is about 3' wide. The frame around it is made up of 2"x8" boards and the shelves (except for one in ...
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Should I put weather stripping on my unsealed windows and doors?

I currently live in a rented apartment and the windows in my shower are not sealed, so it gets pretty cold there. The front door of the house also has a sealing problem. The thing is, I'm not going ...
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How do I fix a hole in a hollow door?

My son sometimes has a temper, and has been known to hit his door when sent to his room. He has actually done so enough to punch a bit of a hole in it. I'm trying to figure out what might be doable to ...
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How to install an electronic door lock?

How can I install an electronic door lock ? Can an electronic door lock be installed on any door ? I am fixing to purchase an apartment in Australia and it will come with a "Solid Core door with ...
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Is there a way I can make an indoor door a better sound insulator?

I have an indoor hollow bedroom door. The door seems to offer very little sound insulation, and I would like to add a bit more. I'm not expecting to get perfect silence or anything, but I would like ...
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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 ...
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How do I replace a non-standard (oversize) closet doors?

It's a 70s home and the master bedroom has a wonderfully large closet with a very heavy double-panel sliding door. Beside the obvious drawback that we can't both use it at the same time (opening one ...
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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 to adjust when hinge mortises are cut too deep?

I cut my mortises manually with a chisel and made them a notch too deep, maybe 1/16" or even less, as a result the door closes too close to the jamb and I am concerned how it will work when there is ...
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How do I prevent my screen door from opening too far?

Just bought a new house and I've noticed that when the front screen door opens too wide it knocks into a light fixture hung on the other side of the door. the fixture has started to loosen so ...
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Why doesn't my door close properly after an earthquake?

After the earthquake I noticed our back door has gotten really hard to close. You have to slam it and give it a booty bump in order to get it shut. To open it, I have to use all my weight to yank it ...
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How do I repair a warped sliding glass door track?

I have a sliding glass door that barely opens and often jumps off the track. The track under the door is bent and chipped. Is this normal wear and tear? Would raising the wheels fix it? Do I need ...
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How do I fix a rotting door frame?

This is a six year old house and I noticed that frame is rotting due to elements of nature. Should I just paint over it? If not, how should I fix this?
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Home wireless lock

How can I improve my home with a kind of front door lock that would act like those car that can unlock when it receive signal of the key in your pant? My goal would be to keep my keys in my pant ...
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What to know before installing cabinet and drawer dampers?

I want to install dampers on my new cabinet doors in my kitchen. When the contractor gave me the price to add these, the cost was over $30 per door. So I decided not to install them. But since then, I ...
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Cheap wood-ish replacement for glass panel in door

This question is similar to another one already on SE but this one focuses on the task as a repair issue rather than as a remodeling one. How can I cheaply and easily (I am a layperson) create a ...
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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 build a screen door?

I have a guesthouse with an unusual door, 32" x 76", and it needs a screen door. Home Depot has tons of cheap-o screen doors that could be cut down to maybe 32" x 78" safely, but an additional two ...
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What is a reasonable expectation of decibel reduction when sound proofing?

Background I'm currently renting an apartment in a very old building and have a lot of trouble sleeping because of the noise. My apartment is underneath the main entry way; and people come in and ...
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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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What can I do about pocket doors that are blocked by floor tiles?

I have double pocket doors in my den that I never close. I was going to clean them today, and when I tried to close them they would not close because of the tile being to high. I had the tile put in ...
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Why doesn't my freshly painted door fit back in the frame?

I took off a hollow core interior door to paint it. Very thin coats (this is only the second time it's been painted since contractors built house. I know they only sprayed 1 very thin coat). Now the ...
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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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What do I need to do to fix my door hinge?

The door to my basement broke. The bottom hinge has three screws; the top and bottom one turn endlessly. You can see the pictures here. I understand that there's a matchstick/toothpick trick, where ...
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fixing stripped screw in soft-wood door frame? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I rehang a wooden door with worn screw holes? As you can see in the below image, the upper screw holding in the lock plate (name?) has stripped completely out of ...
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How do I remove stickers and residue from a wooden door?

When I was a kid I put a ton of stickers all over my wooden door. In addition, I also taped on posters and pictures. I tried removing the stickers and with some of them having been there for more ...
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How can I keep a door open wide enough for my cat to get through but not my big dog?

I need a 'safe room' for my cat to go in to use the litter box away from the dog, who thinks it contains treats. I need the door the stay open a few inches without my Labrador Retriever having the ...
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How to stop a door from banging while closing

Besides closing it very slowly, any good tricks / gadgets that will slow down the door so it doesn't close with a thud?
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How to stop self closing doors from slamming

Most of our doors have a mechanism to automatically close them. The mechanism looks to be a chain that is connected to a spring which pulls the door shut. Like so:         ...
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How do I install a pre-hung door in a rough opening that's too wide?

I'm replacing an interior door -- including the original jamb -- in my house with a new 30" pre-hung door. With the jambs, the new door is 31 3/8" wide. However, the original rough opening is ...
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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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Is there a tool I can use to cut out the templates for door hardware?

I just bought some new hardware (knobs and latches) for the interior doors of my house. Currently the latches look something like this: And the new latches look something like this (at least the ...
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How do I prepare the trim and casing around a new door for paint?

I just installed a new exterior door. I put the original, painted interior-side casing back on, but to make it line up properly I put some new, unpainted 1/4" trim strips (not sure what they're ...
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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 do I remove this shower sliding door?

I'm trying to remove the sliding doors of my shower to clean up the rails and also replace a broken "holder" (sorry I don't know the exact name of that part). Do you have an idea how to remove a ...
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Oak doors stripped of paint - need to fill holes underneath before revarnishing/oiling

We've recently sent our doors for stripping of many years of gloss paint and lead based varnish. The oak doors came back looking largely fantastic. As the doors are very old, understandably they have ...
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How can I stop wardrobe door from automatically closing?

Every time the right-hand door on my wardrobe gets opened, it slowly but surely accelerates shut again. As you can imagine, this is quite annoying as it blocks light and restricts view. Is there a ...
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Does anyone recognize this door part?

We put up two old french doors, and at the top they each have a spring loaded metal ball that supposedly keeps the doors shut. I believe they are supposed to slide up against something when they are ...
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How can I locate the doorbell transformer?

my doorbell stopped working and I tested it with a multimeter and found no current to the box. How do I locate the transformer to replace it?
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Repairing a hole in a door

I now have a wonderful hole in a bathroom door, as a result of door-stop not being installed in the proper place, and the door being shoved up against a towel rail (picture attached). As can be seen, ...
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Hanging an interior door

I reversed the doors to my bedroom (they're small "french" doors I guess but they don't have glass or open to the outside like normal french doors) so they open out instead of in (the room is small ...
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How can I prevent hanging sliding doors from coming off track?

We've got a closet with a pair of overlapping sliding doors that hang, by their wheels, on a top-mounted rack. There's a bottom guide screwed to the floor that keeps the doors lined up. But unless a ...
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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 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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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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How can double swinging closet doors be installed?

I have a coat closet that long ago had double sliding doors and now has no doors at all. I would like it to have double swinging doors, like french doors but without glass. I found a couple of ...
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How complicated is it to convert a hinged two door closet to a sliding doors?

As you can see in the picture, we have a massive two door hallway closet. The door is very obstructive in that location and it would be very convenient to have sliding doors. What is involved in the ...