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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How wide can a sliding door be open, before it becomes a security risk?

I have a sliding door in my bedroom that I would like to put a deadbolt in and have it left open at night to let a breeze in, but I don't want anyone to be able to get in while I'm asleep. Is there a ...
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Find replacement decorative wood spindle for screen door

I have a wood screen door in the screened-in porch that is missing a decorative spindle. It came with the house, so I don't know the manufacturer. There are also no marking anywhere on it, and I've ...
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How to drill a hole in the wood without an electric drill?

During a travel in Laos, I need to drill some holes into a double-door's wood to install a locker. The wood is rather hard, and I don't have an electric drill (and can't find it). I only have 2 small ...
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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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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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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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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 a Time Restricted Keypad Lock?

I'm looking for a keypad to use in the external door of an small business office to open said door. The plan is to give every employee (around 20) a PIN that they input into the keypad for the door to ...
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Where can I get a new key for an old lock?

There are two locks on my apartment door. The key to the bottom lock was lost long ago - before I moved in - and we now just use the top lock. The bottom lock is probably 50-60 years old and ...
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Where can I find a replacement for this 3.5" door knob spindle?

I broke the spindle on my ~100 year old door, and I'd like to just replace the spindle instead of the entire door knob assembly as this seems to be the original piece. Unfortunately I've been unable ...
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How can I restore the springs in my storm door hinges?

I have a storm door that has springs in the hinges - in theory, they're supposed to close the door, and they worked OK for a couple of years. Lately, however, they no longer close the door properly. ...
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How do I replace mortise locks with bored cylindrical locks?

I purchased an older home that has mortise locks in all of the doors. They're all very difficult to use and some of them don't work at all, making the doors difficult to impossible to close. Since I'm ...
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What are the code regulations for stairs off an exterior french door?

Do the stairs off my french doors need to be the width of both doors or can they be just the width of the most used side? How big does the landing have to be at the top and bottom? Can I just ...
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Quiet door latch

I have a bathroom door that is quite loud when operated. And when someone goes to the bathroom at night, it innevatibly wakes someone up (and baby room is just across from the bathroom!) there are 3 ...
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Which cylinder door lock shield design is most secure?

I'm planning to place a shield on my front door and would like to know which of the 3 shield designs is the most secure option and why. Basic design characteristics: Top Left: the outside part of ...
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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 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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Type of firm/place to contact to have house features pre-finished?

I installed a new pre-hung interior door along with new trim. The door was maybe $50 and trim maybe another $100. Very affordable, and all pre-primed. Still, I spent hours and hours (and hours) ...
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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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Can this sliding door hardware support solid wood doors?

I have 138F Johnson Sliding Bypass Door Hardware. I bought two 30 inch solid wood doors, and they are top mount and comes with 4 #12 1-1/4 long screws per door. The door feels like it weighs around ...
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Cabinet door opening on it's own, how do I adjust this type of hinge?

One of the cabinet doors in our kitchen is swinging open on it's own. You shut it and it slowly creeps back open. I've seen the hinges that allow you to adjust x/y axis angles but these only have ...
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What are my options for making up for a narrower replacement door jamb?

We just replaced an old sliding glass door in our house, but the new unit has a jamb that is about 1.5 inches narrower then the old jamb. We've decided to do a decorative tile strip for the floor, but ...
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What direction should lever-style door handles be oriented?

What direction should lever-style door handles be oriented? According to this guy on YouTube, the traditional way is "middle of the curve up, end of the curve down", which "looks better", but you can ...
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How do I fill the hole caused by removing a door plate on a metal door jamb?

I recently got new doors and need to move the door plate on a metal door jamb. I was hoping someone had the know how on how to fill the hole that will now be on the door jamb from where the previous ...
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How to remove this door knob on the mortise lockset?

I have an old mortise lockset that I want to replace. And I already removed all the visible screws and the cylinder. However, I am not able to figure out how to remove the knobs. I could loosen the ...
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Is this door closer okay, maladjusted, or broken?

The entrance door just below my room used to slam hard when being closed by the door closer, branded TELESCO. Some days ago, upon my request, there have been attempts to fix the device. Indeed, at ...
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Replacing garage door lock barrel

Since I moved into my house, I've not had the key for my garage, so I'm looking into how I can get a new one. I've found what I think I need to replace on eBay, but there are a lot of variations on ...
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What type of sander could be used for both sanding spackle and doors?

So I have two diy projects somewhere in my queue: 1) I did a poor spackle job on a wall that appeared to be slightly raised between two sheets of drywall. I put the spackle on and sanded using a ...
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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 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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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 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 can I remove this sliding door?

I have a sliding glass door. It sticks horribly. The track is just filthy, so my assumption is the two sets of wheels on the bottom of the door are gunked up and need replaced. I remove the top ...
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Wood knots showing through gloss paint on knotty pine doors despite applying knotting solution prior to painting

I painted some knotty pine doors about 3 years ago but (despite applying knotting solution) knots are showing through on nearly all of them! I followed the instructions on the bottle of the knotting ...
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How to Repair my Dropped Refrigerator

I ordered a new hinge and brake for the fridge/freezer a friend dropped. The problem is the door hangs too low on the left side. My thinking was that the bottom of the door got pushed out to the ...
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How so I fix a loose Kwikset deadbolt faceplate?

We have a kwikset deadbolt on our main door and the faceplate has come loose. There are no visible screws on either side of the door, so I am assuming they are under the brass plate on the inside of ...
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How do I replace weather strips on our outside doors?

We have a rather annoying cat who has scratched all of our outside doors and ripped the weather stripping with her claws. How do I go about replacing this stripping and are there any weather strips ...
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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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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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Paint adherence on fiberglass door. Does it need time to 'cure'? Can I top-coat it?

We bought this door: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Feather-River-Doors-6-Lite-Clear-Craftsman-Unfinished-Smooth-Fiberglass-Prehung-Front-Door-GK3191/204487447?N=5yc1vZas82Z7cm I've primed it using ...
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Can't remove Schlage knob

I live in a 60 year old house with several old Schlage door knobs as in this photo: There is a small hole in the collar and two smaller holes on each knob. Pushing small sharp objects in the hole ...
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attic access to the outside

If i build in my attic 2 bedrooms do I need to have a access door to the outside or some kind of ladder. The attic is the 2nd story of my home and has normal stairs going up from the main floor living ...
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How to tighten a door handle with no visible screws or holes

I'm trying to figure out how to tighten the handle on the front door of a new condo unit. I've done a bunch of googling and watched some YouTube videos, but they all either have 1) visible screws, 2) ...
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How to stop my mobile home's new doors from leaking when it rains?

We just replaced two exterior doors on our mobile home. Now both doors leak at the bottom of the door where the door meets the frame. With the doors closed, you can see light at both the corners ...
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How can I avoid blotches when staining pine?

I am refinishing a 1940's pine miracle door and am having issues with splotching of the dark stain on the inner panel. I am using minwax dark walnut for stain. Applying the stain with a stain sponge ...
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Door newly out of plane - just winter weather or bad framing?

My front door is out of plane - the top left corner does not sit completely in the frame. The funny thing is this is brand new. We've lived in the house for two years and it just started this winter. ...
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Door makes loud bump upon closure

I have one interior door that is solid wood (84"x36"x1-3/4") in a metal stud wall with single layer of gypsum board on each side. When I close the door, and the door slab hits the door stop it makes ...
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How to fix a racked/sagging exterior wood entry door?

My old 3-unit condo has a nice old wooden entry door, with 3 horizontal rails and 2 vertical stiles, with a single large pane of beveled glass as the top panel. The door is very similar to the one ...
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What is the best way to secure (2x6) wood framing to the concrete portion of the garage opening?

I live in a raised ranch. The lower half of the house is divided into a 2 car garage and a living area. Also the lower half of the house has 8 ft. ceiling (about 4 ft. concrete walls and 4 ft. wood ...
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Does a swing-slide frameless glass door mechanism exist?

I would like to have glass around my square-ish shower (90cm × 100cm) in bathroom corner. It should only consist of two pieces: the fixed wall (100cm wide) door (90cm) But instead of swinging ...