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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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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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How should I prepare a steel door for painting?

I have two typical steel entry doors that were factory primed. They were installed 8 years ago in a new addition on my home. I am finally (!?) getting ready to paint them. The interior finish paint ...
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Repairing a hole in a door

I now have a wonderful hole in a bathroom door, as a result of door-stop not being installed in the proper place, and the door being shoved up against a towel rail (picture attached). As can be seen, ...
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Can I replace / recreate a tri-fold garage door with three fiberglass flush doors?

My garage has three wooden doors that cover the opening. The middle one's hinges are attached to the right door. The left and the right doors' hinges are attached to the walls. This way you could ...
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How do I rehang a wooden door with worn screw holes?

I have a wood door in one of my rooms where the top screws no longer hold the hinge to the wall because the screw holes have worn loose. I have tried slightly larger screws and filling with wood ...
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Exterior entry door repair

I have a 20 year old flat wood entry door (without mouldings or embellishment). I was going to sand and paint it, but when I sanded, I realized that the wood must have been just a veneer (plywood, ...
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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 parameters should I look for when choosing an electric deadbolt?

I am looking for electric deadbolts for external steel doors - to place several of them on a door - one on each side (top, bottom, left, right) for extra security. I want to buy just the deadbolt ...
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Shopping for French Doors

I currently have a sliding door that is 60X96. I want to replace it with french doors. I'm looking at DIY and am wondering whether to go used or new. I was hoping to stay at 500 or less, which ...
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Tips for removing drywall from bottom of closet header

So about two years ago, I added a header to make my closets standard height, instead of being full 8' doors (which, even without doors, made the rooms look much more modern). Unfortunately, I made a ...
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What are Automatic Garage Door Options for a Garage with a Low Ceiling Clearance?

I have a tuck under single car garage in my bungalow that currently has carriage doors that have seen better days. I would like to replace the carriage doors with an automatic (and insulated) door, ...
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Using screws to install a set of french doors?

I am installing a set of french doors. I have installed many doors before, but I was curious as to whether or not anyone has tried using countersunk screws to install the door? If I needed to adjust ...
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Indoor sliding doors now stick at the top after replacing rollers

I have sliding doors for a wardrobe, and i replaced the roller-wheels. Now they stick at the top, its as if they are too close together. I replaced the wheels in the same spot on the door, but they ...
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How can I fix an exterior door that is hard to close?

when I try to close the laundry door it ovelaps the jamb on the handle side. I can only close it by banging it hard against the jamb. The gap at the top of the door increases as it gets closer to the ...
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Can I replace a shower door that has one edge joining with another glass pane?

I had a shower door that wouldn't close anymore and the hinges were generally rotting and it was falling apart. The original construction was shoddy. The shower consists of a door with one edge of ...
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What are some tips for fixing gaps between door and jamb in an exterior door?

I have an exterior door that was apparently installed by unskilled monkeys. The gap between the jamb and door when it is closed goes from close to normal (1/4") at the top to large enough to see ...
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How do I clean stainless steel?

We have just finished building a house and we have some small stains on a stainless steel door handle. I was wondering what was the best way to remove them? Unfortunately I'm not sure what's caused ...
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How do I lubricate plastic rollers for sliding closet doors?

I just installed some new sliding closet doors, but unfortunately they're a bit squeaky/noisy when operating. They are "Reliabilt" doors from Lowes, the actual company that makes these is SGA. There's ...
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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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What primer and paint should I used for a solid-core wooden front door?

I recently purchased a new pre-hung exterior door for my house. We opted for a solid-core Douglas Fir instead of the fiberglass models as the wooden door was substantially cheaper. We want to paint ...
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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 do I prepare the trim and casing around a new door for paint?

I just installed a new exterior door. I put the original, painted interior-side casing back on, but to make it line up properly I put some new, unpainted 1/4" trim strips (not sure what they're ...
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Rip old door in half?

I've got a 26.5"x79" rough opening for a storage space under my staircase. I'd like to install a double door where each door is about a foot wide an hinges out. A ball latch in the top casing could ...
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How do you remove a dummy knob with a screw that seems to spin and spin?

I recently purchased my first home and wanted to replace all of the door knobs to make it feel more like my place, rather than just some place I was renting again. Anyway, all of the privacy locking ...
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Tips for measuring a front door opening?

I'm getting ready to replace my front door with a brand new pre-hung door and have some questions regarding collecting measurements. Where exactly should I measure? I've heard people use the phrase ...
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How do I fix a door frame that my dog chewed?

My dog chewed the bottom part of the doorframe to my bedroom. I live in a rented apartment, so this is not OK. Is there any way to fix it and make it look somewhat presentable (doesn't have to be ...
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How do I replace a non-standard (oversize) closet doors?

It's a 70s home and the master bedroom has a wonderfully large closet with a very heavy double-panel sliding door. Beside the obvious drawback that we can't both use it at the same time (opening one ...
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Are prehung doors or door blanks easier to install for a beginner?

From what I know, prehung doors are a huge pain to install correctly. But, with door blanks, the hinges aren't routed out. Which of these methods is best when it comes to interior doors: using ...
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What natural-wood finish should I use to protect a door from pet scratches?

I'm installing a new solid-core wood door in one of my bedrooms. I want the door to have a natural wood look. However, I have a dog who will scratch at the door to open it looking for me / squeaky ...
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How do I install a pre-hung door in a rough opening that's too wide?

I'm replacing an interior door -- including the original jamb -- in my house with a new 30" pre-hung door. With the jambs, the new door is 31 3/8" wide. However, the original rough opening is ...
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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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painting glass exterior door grilles?

I have some exterior doors with glass that his held in place by a sandwich of plastic(?) grilles. The grilles have turned yellow and look bad. What would be the best way to paint these to look and ...
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Should I put weather stripping on my unsealed windows and doors?

I currently live in a rented apartment and the windows in my shower are not sealed, so it gets pretty cold there. The front door of the house also has a sealing problem. The thing is, I'm not going ...
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How do I determine the “hand” of the door?

I apologize in advance if this post is confusing. Let me know if additional clarification is needed. =) I'm planning to install a new front door and am confused on what the appropriate "hand" ...
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How can I insulate my garage door?

Over the past year I've been converting our integrated garage so that it's a usage space. I've painted the walls, got lighting, power and water connected (To allow for a washing machine to be ...
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Changing the window in an exterior door

We were given a new fibreglass door but it is RH instead of LH. How do we change the window so it will be facing the right direction?
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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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Consistent way to sand and repaint doors?

I have several closet and bedroom doors that are currently varnished/stained, which I want to sand down and paint a semi-gloss white. Should I do something other than sanding to remove the varnish, ...
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What should I do about a 72 inch door?

I've got a door on a shed outback that pretty much just fell apart this summer and I need to replace it before I get a drift of snow. The old door was a regular wooden door, but I was thinking of ...
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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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What are some inexpensive options for replacing a single-stall garage door?

The house we recently purchased has a detached 3 1/2 car garage that has seen better days. The entrances to the garage door consist of a 2-stall garage door, and a 1-stall garage door. Luckily, the ...
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Why do my new door hinges prevent my door from shutting completely?

I have installed some new standard 3" door hinges with a small corner radius on a 32" door. The doors are solid-core oak doors. The hinges appear to look fine and fit perfectly flush in the existing ...
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How long do batteries typically last in electronic deadbolts?

I'm considering getting a Schlage Plymouth Keypad for our front-door but was curious how long the 9V battery typically lasts. The web site says "3 year battery life" but I'm... skeptical. =) Has ...
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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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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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Is it worth having two locks in exterior doors?

I've noticed that some places have a lock in the knob and a deadbolt in the exterior doors, and some places have a knob without a lock and just a deadbolt. Is there a benefit to having a lock in the ...
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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 replace a storm door when I have a cracked door jamb?

So my storm door is in rough shape, and needs to be replaced. It is a Larson storm with two closers (one at the top and one at the bottom). The replacement door I have picked out is a Pella Select ...
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Is it possible to install pocket doors in the cavity of an external wall?

Is it possible to install pocket doors in the cavity of an external wall, it will be an internal door as it's between a room and a conservatory. The cavity does have foam in it though.
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Help reinstalling an external door threshold

During recent flooding, the threshold for our basement door trapped about 1.5" inches of water in the basement. In an attempt to get it out the threshold was forcibly removed, and now with hurricane ...