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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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 do I reattach a door handle lever with a concealed screw

A door handle to one of the rooms in my apartment has come loose. I cannot find an exact match online but it is similar in construction to this door handle. The issue is that the lever part has come ...
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How can I block or fill out a letterbox hole in my door?

I have a letterbox in my front door that is never used, so I would like to remove it and fill the hole, preferably so it doesn't look like there was ever one there. Or insert something that fills the ...
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Does a door have to be hung on the edge of the jamb

My door jamb is around 140mm, does the door have to be hung on the edge of the jamb like all the other doors in the house, or can i hang it toward the center of the jamb by 70mm so it can clear a wash ...
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How can we security manage keys for a co-op building?

After having some security incidents in our building, we have decided to change the locks and we are looking at a solution whereby we (co-op board) can give out to residents keys that cannot be ...
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Should door jamb be lifted off subfloor or touching?

Simple question: when installing a custom made door jamb, should it be sitting directly on top of the subfloor or be lifted up a little (like drywall is lifted 1/2", for example)?
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How should I install a door that is not pre-hung and has a custom jamb?

I have an antique restored interior door with a transom for which I have to make my own jamb due to the height of the side jambs (big boxes sell only 80" door jambs). Should I A) assemble the jamb ...
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How to improve sound isolation of an interior door?

Interior doors of the type frequently used in rented housing (I'm speaking in particular of apartments) seem to be hollow and do not do a very good job of sound insulation. If for example a laundry ...
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Is it necessary to notch the side door jambs for setting the header piece?

I need to make my own door jambs from 1x lumber because I have a salvaged antique transom (the whole door is actually restored antique) and couldn't find pre-made ones at Lowes/HD that are long ...
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Why does recommended door rough opening height add 2-1/2" to door height?

I am skeptical about the recommended 2-1/2" addition to the door height for an interior door rough opening (assuming only subfloor). Consider the following estimated (meaning I am unsure if they are ...
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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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How do I attach a drywall corner bead to a wood door jamb?

I am installing a door into a wall and I do not want to have casing on the door. I want to install corner bead directly to the door jamb to create a "hidden door". It seems that typical corner bead is ...
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Can I convert a basement window to a door?

We have a poured concrete basement, serving as the foundation of our home, which was built in 2008 in central Minnesota. The basement has 3 vinyl windows, the sills of which are around 1' above ...
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Doorbell became very soft, battery replacement only necessary?

My doorbell ("speaker" portion pictured above) got very soft today. It still chimes, but just barely. I'm guessing it's battery-operated and the batteries are weak, but how can I tell for ...
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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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What should I check when troubleshooting a doorbell?

Our doorbell stopped working a while ago and my wife finally bugged me enough to fix it. First, I found a diagram on another site when I googled this. It is wired like the right box: I started by ...
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Doors are sticky and noisy when opened?

For some reason, the doors in our house make a very loud "unsticking" sound when you open them. It's almost as if the paint isn't cured, since the sound seems to come from the contact area around the ...
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How do I stop the rubber sweep on my front door from squeaking as it moves against the floor?

The main door into my house has rubber at the base of it and it has started to squeak against the wooden floor when opened. How do I fix this problem?
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How to reattach front door rain deflector?

The rain deflector from the bottom of our front door recently fell off when I trod on it by mistake. The door and deflector are both wooden. The deflector was stuck on, not screwed. I'm not quite ...
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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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What causes seasonal doors and how do you prevent it?

I understand that wood expands and contracts based on temperature, humidity, and other factors... However in our house the doors are really subject to seasonal changes. For instance my bedroom door ...
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How can I have a light turn on when a pocket door is opened?

I'm building a new home with quite a few pocket doors and would like to know if there is a way for the pantry and utility room lights to come on when the pocket door slides open.
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How can I replace the roller mechanism on this door?

I have a cupboard in my kitchen that has a roller front door. A few months ago the roller mechanism broke. I need an inexpensive solution for replacing it. I have looked around but can't find a ...
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Where to find very old door knob handle / deadbolt set?

I have a townhouse unit with a very old door knob / deadbolt set that I want to replace because the key doesn't fit well and you have to know how to "jiggle" it in order to get the door to unlock. ...
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What framing is needed for swinging closet doors?

How do you frame an existing, finished opening for double swinging closet doors to be installed?
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How do I prepare doors to be hung?

Changing out interior doors in house. All of them. Going from brown crap to white 6 panel. I have two hinges on each door. Would like to buy new door with predrilled knob hole, cut it down ...
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What could be causing my solid stained doors to make cracking noises?

I have new solid interior stained doors and they all keep making cracking sounds when they are closed and left open, even though no one is touching them. Can you please tell me what it is? I am sound ...
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What is causing my front door to sweat?

The front door of my house (which is rarely ever used) sweats so badly during the winter. At first I thought it was just the glass, but after a closer look it appears that the rescued areas are also ...
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What do I need to do to finish this outside-door install properly?

A new steel door was installed to our unfinished garage but I am not satisfied with how it currently looks. The previous door had trim covering the gap between the siding and the door, as well as the ...
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How do I replace the front door on a stucco house?

I'm going to be taking out the various floors that have been laid in our house down to the sub floor so wood flooring can be laid. But in doing so the floor will be about 1 inch lower than what it ...
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Do you really *have* to mortise for hinges and other door hardware?

I am wondering if it's entirely necessary to mortise a door and jamb for hinges and other miscellaneous door hardware. The only thing I can think of is that, in addition to being screwed in, the ...
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Does such a door knob/handle exist that has the latch bolt installed on the outside of the door?

I am building a custom, soundproof door out of two layers of 3/4" MDF. It's not as rigid as I'd like it to be and has a bit of bow to it which will eventually compromise the neoprene seal that I will ...
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How to narrow a closet door opening?

I have a closet opening that has never had a door on it (has had a curtan on a rod for 30+ years). I'd like to install a bi-fold or similar closet door. The problem is that the door opening is 44 ...
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How can I rehang heavy fire doors?

I need to re-hang a sagging door (actually several). I've seen this question and answer, but wonder if my situation doesn't call for something a bit different. My issues: 1) its a heavy fire-door ...
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How should I re-fit a coat hook onto a door?

We had a coat hook screwed onto the solid part of a bedroom door and it served well for about 10 years, but it has now fallen off and the screws won't re-secure. I have considered filling the holes ...
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How do I drill a 2⅛ inch door knob hole over an existing 1½ inch hole?

I need to replace the door knob for this interior door: The door knobs I've found at the stores require a 2⅛ inch hole. Mine is only 1½: Did door knobs used to be smaller? Is there some place ...
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Protecting a finished wood exterior door

I have a solid wood exterior door, that I had stained and finished by the maker. I was looking for a way to prolong and protect the finish. I thought about waxing the door (especially the exterior ...
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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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Lubricant for squeaky doors

I'm looking for a long term solution to my squeaky doors. Our home is fitted with brass hinges on all doors and lately they have all been starting to squeak. I've tried several silicone based ...
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Can I replace just the plastic frame around the glass panes on my front door?

My dog chewed pieces of the frame molding around the glass panes on my front door in the house I am renting....can I just replace that plastic/fiberglass molding?
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How should I install slab doors when the jamb has been drywalled over?

All of my bedrooms have 36" cupboards with bi-fold doors that I want to replace with two 18" double-doors. All of the door jambs are covered in 1/2" drywall. I've made a few test holes and there ...
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How do I replace a door hinge with no screws?

Any ideas on how I can remove this ugly looking hinge that snapped. One end of the hinge has no screws and is soldered onto the door. Any help is much appreciated. EDIT: Ok, I followed @Chris ...
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Are there any simple electronic door locks available?

I have an office door I need to keep locked but allow easy access. It doesn't have to be super secure, it has a proper deadlock for when we are closed, it just has to stop people casually walking in. ...
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What cut of wood should I use for door stile & rails?

I'm starting a project to build a pair of bi-fold doors for a closet (its an odd size, and so there are no prebuilt doors of the required size). I've done research on building the doors, and think I ...
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How to stop cold air from coming into the house

I have a door similar to this, but it is an external door. There is a lot of cold air coming in from the bottom of this door, and around the perimiter (betweent he door and the frame). This is a ...
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How do I repair a wooden door's hinge binding?

In a rented flat, I saw the that a door wasn't closing properly, and noticed that the hinge screws were loose and not centered. So I decided to unscrew them, and set them back in properly. Sadly, by ...
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Can I convert a LH inswing door into a RH inswing?

I have a prehung exterior door that is a LH inswing (brand new not installed yet). Can I somehow switch it to make it a RH inswing? Would it work if I installed it as an outswing?
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Which way should a door between the garage and basement swing?

Looked everywhere for proper answer. We have a 2 car garage attached to the basement. This house is old, built in 1968, we purchased this 2 years ago and were renovating here/there. We just ...
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Why did my locked door open by itself?

Why would our front door have opened by itself? It was locked. It has an entrance set - a latched, not deadbolt, knob handled, keyed on the outside and turnsnib on the inside style lock. We have had a ...
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Where can I find replacement door knobs?

In the apartment that I am renting, the bedroom door knob does not have a lock on it. I am looking to replace the door knob with one that has one. However, the door seems to have a knob mounting ...