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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Have an office cube with sliding door I want to control with an Arduino and rack/pinion gear. What motor should I buy?

I don't know what kind of hobby motors will be suitable so that the door can slide freely too when not using the motor to move it.
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What is this door furnishing called?

I've been searching for the name of the part at the bottom of this door that's protruding outwards and diagonally on the sides, can anyone shed any light on this? I can't find the right term for it ...
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Massive Door Leak Repair

It appears as though my 4th floor exterior door is leaking inside through the subfloor and down to both the 3rd floor ceiling and 2nd floor (pictures attached. On the 3rd floor, the ceiling is now ...
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Can I put a right inswing front door with a left outswing screen

Can I put a right hand swing door (Exterior) with a left out swing screen door??
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Can I convert door slab from LH inswing to RH inswing

I like my current wooden front door a great deal, but it's hinged to swing inward to the right, and traffic flow (getting a bike into the mud room, for example) would be a lot easier if it swung in to ...
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How standard is American Standard Mounting for mortise locks?

If I have a door whick has been prepared for one ASM mortise lock, can I directly substitute another? For example, if the door had a Yale mechanical lock, would moving to a Kaba electronic lock just ...
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Framing a door ON stairs, 3 steps to landing?

I have to build a door frame on a staircase. Problem is, at the bottom of the staircase are already 3 doors on all the walls, so putting another door right at the bottom of the stairs (on the ...
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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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How to adjust hinges on interior doors?

Putting up new interior doors in a house. I have a door that has probably a good 5/16" gap on the hinge side. The gap is wider at the middle of the door and closer to 1/8" on door top/bottom. Of ...
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How to fill space between wall and door

I am about to attach some trim over some old trim to cover up a particularly ugly doorframe/wall joint. I think before I do this, it may be a good idea to fill it, since otherwise there will be a ...
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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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How do I prevent interior doors from sticking in the winter?

We have several interior doors that only stick or won't completely close in the winter. We also get cracks in the drywall mud above the doors so I think something else is going on besides just ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I open my garage door from the outside with a dead opener?

This morning I found myself locked out of my garage. My interior wall opener isn't working and neither is the remote. The light on the interior pad is out, suggesting a loss of power. Unfortunately, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to remove a stuck key?

A hypothetical question - if I get a key in the door lock from one side of the door, could I somehow use another key to open the door from the other side? And what if you could "engineer" the stuck ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 hole. ...
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How do I stop my garage door from opening on its own?

My garage door has opened twice in the last 2 weeks during the night. Is someone driving by and opening it "accidentally"? How do I keep this from happening?
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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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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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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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How can I shade my garage door opener keypad?

My genie garage door opener keypad bakes in the afternoon sun, fades, blisters and delaminates. Any visually acceptable ideas on a fix? Genie does not offer a weather or sunshield for the KEP-1 ...
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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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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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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 fit a Schlage lockset in my front door?

I moved into a condo with a Kwikset lockset in the door. I wanted to replace it with a Schlage lockset, but the actual bolt portion of the deadbolt was too large to fit into the pre-drilled hole. If ...
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How can I secure a door with a window right next to it?

My front door has a deadbolt, but right next to the knob/deadbolt is a tall narrow window, so that you can see whoever is outside. This is a security risk as anyone could smash that window and open ...
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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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What could be eating or removing the insulation in my garage door?

We have noticed that there are piles of the tiny particles of the insulation from one of our garage doors on each side of our door. At first we swept it up and didn't think anything of it. The next ...