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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Metal doors, Mortise locks, and … mobile liner?

Spent last night retrofitting a fancy electronic combination lock on a metal door for the first time, and encountered something I don't understand. The door has previously had another mortise lock, ...
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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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Multi point door lock security and can I use wood screws near it?

I've had a break-in so looking to improve my security. I have what I believe is called a multi point lock - see pic. Basically when you lock the door there are pins at the top and bottom of the door ...
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Sliding door replacements for “non standard” sizes

I have a 1962 home with a 72 inch wide x 80 inch tall closet doors as shown in the pics. I am not sure if the sizes are standard. These doors are worn out and I was looking for replacements in IKEA ...
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Reprogramming Garage Door Remote

I've been using a Beninca TWV remote (Shown below) to open my home garage door for the last 3/4 years without any problems, until this morning when the remote stopped working. To be clear I replaced ...
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should door locks and deadlocks be keyed the same

Should door locks and deadlocks be keyed the same. Is there any advantage or disadvantage (besides having more then one key) in having them keyed different?
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Ill fitting glass door

My sliding glass door is smaller than the frame and the builder put plastic blocks around the edges to make it fit and there is a 2" space of raw dirt in one corner of frame. Is this acceptable?
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Is there such a thing as lightweight window glass?

I have a cool wood screen door which my wife wants to turn into a storm door. I think its suitability is marginal. As in, it would probably work but I'd prefer a little more structure. I'll consider ...
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Odd sized exterior door options

One of our many projects last year was to replace our back exterior door. It is in a converted porch, unfortunately, which means it's an odd size. Specifically, it's 75-76" x 30". Unfortunately, ...
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I need to remove this deadbolt but it's not coming off

I'm removing an old Kwikset deadbolt circa 1995 I got the handle set part out but this deadbolt has some type of protective casing and the front is not coming off nor the back. Here's the back side. ...
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Garage door won't close

My garage door has randomly decided to not close. The door will close a few inches to a few feet before reversing. It may take 2 attempts of 10 until it will fully close. I have checked: Sensors are ...
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Closing off a doorway between apartments but keeping the door?

I own two condo units that are connected by a doorway in the common brick wall. Now I'd like to rent one of the units and close the doorway. I was wondering if it was possible to leave both options ...
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Is it possible to replace the lock on this door that has been painted on?

I have a very old door with a very old lock, pictured here: It doesn't close because the previous owner stuck some wood in the latch, and there doesn't seem to be any place for the lock. I'd like ...
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Replacing basement door and walls with a hatch

I'm trying to remove the structure that leads to the basement. (see sketch 1). Once removed, there will be an empty space like (see sketch 2) My aim is to build over it, a simple door (see sketch ...
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How to make the doorframe not hideous

The frame of my front door looks, for lack of a better word, hideous: The holes in the frame itself aren't what concerns me--there was a security screen door there before, and I will probably ...
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Why can I no longer turn the knob of my self-locking door from the inside?

I live in an old apartment and the door knob on my front door has been having problems for a while. In theory, the door locks from the outside automatically, but can always be opened from the inside. ...
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What is this door hardware called?

Can someone help me out and let me know what these are called? I'm looking on a DIY site to order one but can't work out what these are called to be able to find them. As you can see in the ...
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What is the widest door I should buy if my rough opening is 65½" wide?

I'm replacing a front door with sidelights on either side. My rough opening is 65½" wide. What would be the widest door I can purchase? Can I buy a unit that is wider, i.e. 73½"?
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Door automatic closer - Can it be tightened?

This is used to automatically close my shelf doors. What is its exact name so that I may google better for information. More specifically, I have a similar one with a damper added on top which is ...
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What type of wood panels could replace the glass in a storm door?

A couple of days ago I opened the inside door and the full view window in my storm door shattered and fell onto the living room floor. I have been considering replacing the window with a wood panel. I ...
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Does it matter whether a bedroom door swings in or out of the room?

I am looking to install french doors to help brighten the room just outside of a basement bedroom I am currently planning (egress window added and all per building codes). All the other existing ...
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Door jamb wider than wall

I wanted to run electric into my mudroom for a ceiling light and a exterior light. Unfortunately the walls were all painted wood paneling so while doing that I figured I would switch to drywall ...
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Does door jamb size make a difference in installation?

How can I install a 34 inch door made for a 4 inch door jamb in to a 6 inch door jamb. Can it be done?
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Steel Entry Door Paint Removal

I painted my front steel entry door before sanding it. I used Glidden Door & Trim Paint and it is globbed all over. How do I undo/remove the paint?
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Door Casing Gap Against Cement Board

My home was built in the 1950's and I'm in the middle of a full bathroom renovation. Basically I installed some door casing today, nailing it to the door box/frame. As expected, this left an ~ 0.33" ...
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How to fix ceiling which squeaks when door is opened

The ceiling in my bedroom creaks when I open and close the bedroom door which is annoying. Is there any way to easily stop this from happening?
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Enlarging a deadbolt door knob hole on a steel door

I have a steel door in which I'd like to replace the deadbolt lock with a newer keypad type lock. The door is a bit older and the hole is 1 1/2 inches. The keypad deadbolt requires a 2 1/8 inch ...
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What type of screw should I use to install a latch lock on a metal door?

I want to install a latch lock on a metal door. What is the best type of screw for that?
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Sliding Glass Patio Doors

I bought an older townhouse and the sliding glass door of the sliding glass doors are mounted on the outside of the track so anyone could lift out door. Can you switch the doors from outside to in ...
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How do I hang a new wooden gate so that it automatically stays closed when it is shut but also stays open at its maximum open span?

I am building and hanging a new wooden double gate. How do I construct and/or balance the gate so that when I open it completely, which is at 90 degrees, it will stay open but also when I close it, ...
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Replacing original 1950s exterior door with new prehung: threshold question

I'm about to replace the original 1950s era back door on my house with a pre-hung. I'm planning this as a DIY job and have watch plenty of videos, but one thing that hasn't been well addressed is what ...
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Gap between double doors

I recently had new double doors put in my home and there is a gap both at the top and bottom of the door. The contractor's fix for this way to put a small square piece of weather strip both at the ...
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What should I use to fill cracks in my wood door?

I'm almost finished stripping multiple layers of paint and varnish off my front door. It's revealed some really nice detailing that was previously hidden by paint. I'd like to stain and seal the ...
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Replaced door hinges and now the door won't close - hits the door stop on the hinge side

I replaced the 3.5" hinges on an interior door with hinges of the same size. The only difference that I can see between the old and new hinges is that the barrels on the old set are slightly larger. ...
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How to remove this two-piece door hinge?

Trying to remove a door at my apartment, and it has a door hinge that looks like this and here's an image of another one They are both painted over quite a bit, so it's difficult to see how I'm ...
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What factors influence the security of a front door lock?

Due to misplaced keys, we are going to either rekey or replace an old lock on our front door. The manufacturer was Barrows, which seems to be somewhat rare since our local hardware doesn't carry ...
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How to add insulation to a hollow core exterior door?

During some renovations to my house and I removed some wood-paneling and uncovered an exterior door. The door faces west, so it gets the late afternoon sun and in Phoenix, the door gets hot. ...
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Adding a service door

I want to put a service door in my detached garage. What is the proper distance from the front (where big garage doors are) corner of the garage? Also, I would like a recommendation on which way ...
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Is my interior door LH or RH?

Have just read your 2010 posts regarding whether an interior door is LH or RH. Using the "hand that plus the door toward you" guideline, I get the opposite of what I get when using the hinge/jamb ...
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Annoying refridgerator door

When I open my fridge to get stuff out (which take a short while because I need to snoop around), the door slowly goes back towards the closed state. It never closes all the way and I've checked with ...
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Which latch would work with this screen door?

I recently bought a used condo, and it has a sliding patio door. The glass door works fine, but I noticed that the screen door is missing a latch. Here is a photo: Considering the holes in the ...
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Installing door in 2x6 wall (drywall only on 1 side)

Renovating my basement and I have 3 doors to install. Planning to install 2 prehung doors in the first 2 locations (2x4 walls with drywall on both sides). Not sure what to do about the 3rd. It will ...
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Fixing part of interior door jamb/frame

The bottom portion of my door jamb/frame to a bedroom was rotting, so in a pinch I remove the rotting portion (because of the terrible smell, and my kids were starting to pull at it). How can I fix ...
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Please advise how to lubricate stiff latch bolt of mortise lockset on metal exterior security door. (NOT the pins in the keyway!)

The latch bolt of the mortise lockset in a metal security door is stiff. I worry about the long-term effect of slamming the door in order to drive the stiff latch bolt back and allow the door to ...
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Has anyone heard of kickproof.com? [closed]

I am wanting to reinforce our front and back door. I have researched the net and found kickproof.com, they manufacture the rebar door reinforcers that are kick in proof. Has anyone ever heard this ...
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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 keep door open or closed automatically?

Our bathroom door is not closing properly or people forget to close it, and then it makes noise when the wind moves it. I would like to implement something like in the Q&A "How can I make a door ...
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Looking for name of door trim part

I have an old door with what looks like a wooden equivalent to weatherstripping. The door, and frame have mating parts that interlock. I'm trying to figure out what its called, to have a chance at ...
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How to break a sheet of glass quietly?

I have a sheet of glass over the kitchen door (for natural light to hit the entry hallway) VICIOUSLY GLUED to the fame. I'm removing the entire frame to replace the old wood door with a glass door and ...
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How can I change the opening direction of double PVC conservatory doors?

Reversing opening of PVC conservatory doors out wards - closing inwards making space very restrictive