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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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 do I build an “internal frame” for a reclaimed wood door?

I heard that doors like the one below are made with an internal frame, and then it receives the faces of reclaimed wood. How is the frame constructed and how are the wood boards fastened to the ...
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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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How do I ensure the bathroom door stays open unless someone is inside?

When my windows are open, the wind can slam the bathroom door shut. I don't want this to happen when my cat is in the doorway (dead cat), or inside the bathroom with no one home (locked in with ...
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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 does my latch not retract when I push or swing the door shut, but will retract when the knob/lever is used?

This just started today. I have to turn the knob in order for the latch to retract. Before, I could just push to door shut and the latch would retract when it hit the plate on the door frame. But now ...
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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 ...
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What can we do about previously filled holes so I can varnish wood?

We have bought a house that has nice wooden doors, but holes in them have been filled ready for painting. We would prefer to varnish the wood - what can we do about the white filling in the holes?
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How do you determine if a door is Right Handed (RH) or Left Handed (LH)?

I am replacing a few interior doors and I need to know if the existing door is Right Handed or Left Handed so I have them drilled correctly. Sounds like the acronyms for this are RH and LH. This ...
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How can I stop interior doors from opening when exterior doors are opened?

In our church every time someone comes into the building through the main entrance, the interior main sanctuary doors come open and make it possible to hear noise from the hallway. Is there some ...
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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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Can I use a magnetic air seal on an exterior door?

It occurred to me it may be a good idea to air seal an outdoor door using a similar magnetic seal as refrigerator doors. I can't find this product available today. Maybe because it would make opening ...
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What specifications should I look at when choosing an exterior door?

I'm considering replacing the front door, and I'd like to know what to look for to get the most insulation. When shopping for doors, I'm not sure what I should be looking at to determine which doors ...
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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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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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What are the elements of this apartment map?

I was wondering what the elements from this map indicated with an arrow are? The apartment has no kitchen, and it is supposed to be unfurnished, but some elements are there (like a fridge?).
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How do I install a garden door that's thicker than the wall?

I thought I found a great deal on a used garden door and the problem is that the wall is 2 x 4 studs and the garden door is 6" thick. Is there any way possible to increase the thickness of the wall?
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How to fix a door that closes, but is still too close to the frame, causing the hinge to pull out

I installed a new door that closes, but the door is too close to the frame on the bottom hinge side. This causes the bottom hinge to close completely before the door is closed, which leads to the ...
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Is there a mechanism to prevent a door from closing violently?

The door is heavy and people usually put a lot of force to close it, resulting in a violent shock, and the noise that comes with it. Is there a way to prevent the shock, without having a door that is ...
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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 ...