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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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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Do I need anything over the wall board around wood trimmed garage door openings?

I am replacing all the wood trim around my garage door openings. The trim butts to vinyl siding with j-channel. The siding at the top of the doors had no flashing or trim cap and that is where the ...
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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 ...
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How do I increase the height of a sliding glass door lock?

I recently installed a dog door panel for my sliding patio glass door. The way the dog door was made I had to install it centered in the patio door channel vs flush with the sliding glass door. This ...
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Replaced door hinges and now the door won't close - hits the door stop on the hinge side

I replaced the 3.5" hinges on an interior door with hinges of the same size. The only difference that I can see between the old and new hinges is that the barrels on the old set are slightly larger. ...
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What factors influence the security of a front door lock?

Due to misplaced keys, we are going to either rekey or replace an old lock on our front door. It looks something like this, though ours is fancier: ...
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Removing a back to back thumb latch

I have a thumb latch door handle that doesn't engage all the way. I can't find anything online to help. This hardware has a thumb latch on both sides. It is an exterior door. I want to strip it of old ...
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How to remove this two-piece door hinge?

Trying to remove a door at my apartment, and it has a door hinge that looks like this and here's an image of another one They are both painted over quite a bit, so it's difficult to see how I'm ...
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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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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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Adding a service door

I want to put a service door in my detached garage. What is the proper distance from the front (where big garage doors are) corner of the garage? Also, I would like a recommendation on which way ...
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How does a microwave door interlock work and is a DIY repair feasible?

Our microwave has developed a problem. If the door isn't shut just so, the microwave thinks that it is open. The door can be shut too lightly or too hard to exhibit the problem. Recently it has ...
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Which mortise lock/brand I should get to replace this one?

I got the Marks Metro mortise from HomeDepot and thought it would match the current size (I thought mortise has a standard size). However, when I try to replace it, the old mortise is a bit bigger. I ...
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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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What type of hinges do I need for this cupboard?

We are tiling our bathroom and want to tile the built in cupboard, which has 2 doors inset into a wooden frame. So that we don't need to leave a wide gap between the tiles at the edge of the door and ...
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How can I keep a door closed without a damper?

Got a door which does not have the spring lock which locks the door when you close it. Leave the door closed, and it'll soon be wide open even with a little gust of wind. Currently we're wedging a ...
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How can I repair leaky windows/doors?

I have a big window above the entrance double door. Whenever it rains against the window I find the leaks at the top of the window corner, at the bottom of the window and in my cold room which is ...
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What do the buttons on a Comelit Okay Simplebus2 Intercom/door entry system do?

I've got a Comelit Okay Simplebus2 door entry system which yesterday wasn't able to be used to let someone into the building, however I'm not sure if the buttons next to the phone were being used ...
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How can I fix a door that is leaning into my bathroom?

My bathroom door is leaning into the bathroom. The bottom of the door will touch the frame before the top does. Not sure what is causing it. It looks like a 2-3 degree tilt into the bathroom from the ...
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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 keep door open or closed automatically?

Our bathroom door is not closing properly or people forget to close it, and then it makes noise when the wind moves it. I would like to implement something like in the Q&A "How can I make a door ...
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Annoying refridgerator door

When I open my fridge to get stuff out (which take a short while because I need to snoop around), the door slowly goes back towards the closed state. It never closes all the way and I've checked with ...
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Which parts are missing from this vintage lockset?

I'd like to get this lockset back into working order on a vintage 1-3/8" interior door with 2-3/8" backset, but do not know which parts are missing. Here is what I do have: Also, either the door ...
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Which latch would work with this screen door?

I recently bought a used condo, and it has a sliding patio door. The glass door works fine, but I noticed that the screen door is missing a latch. Here is a photo: Considering the holes in the ...
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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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Installing door in 2x6 wall (drywall only on 1 side)

Renovating my basement and I have 3 doors to install. Planning to install 2 prehung doors in the first 2 locations (2x4 walls with drywall on both sides). Not sure what to do about the 3rd. It will ...
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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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How to Replace Exterior Door & Casing in Old House

My house is about 100 years old. The door jamb is about 10" wide. I've replaced a few doors before, but all of them had standard jams. I'm not sure how to go about replacing this. I'm assuming I need ...
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Fixing part of interior door jamb/frame

The bottom portion of my door jamb/frame to a bedroom was rotting, so in a pinch I remove the rotting portion (because of the terrible smell, and my kids were starting to pull at it). How can I fix ...
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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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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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How can you stop dual pocket doors so they close in the center and do not come off the track

New pocket doors installed, but if you close the doors and maybe one is beyond the center, it comes off the track. What can be done to stop the doors in the center?
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How do I waterproof a wood door?

I'm replacing a shed door. Nothing fancy and I didn't want to spend a lot, so I didn't invest a lot on an exterior door. Instead, I have a hollow core wood door blank to which I've applied two coats ...
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Has anyone heard of kickproof.com? [closed]

I am wanting to reinforce our front and back door. I have researched the net and found kickproof.com, they manufacture the rebar door reinforcers that are kick in proof. Has anyone ever heard this ...
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How can I keep a door open wide enough for my cat to get through but not my big dog?

I need a 'safe room' for my cat to go in to use the litter box away from the dog, who thinks it contains treats. I need the door the stay open a few inches without my Labrador Retriever having the ...
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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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Is there a way I can make an indoor door a better sound insulator?

I have an indoor hollow bedroom door. The door seems to offer very little sound insulation, and I would like to add a bit more. I'm not expecting to get perfect silence or anything, but I would like ...
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Looking for name of door trim part

I have an old door with what looks like a wooden equivalent to weatherstripping. The door, and frame have mating parts that interlock. I'm trying to figure out what its called, to have a chance at ...
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How can I remove a key that is stuck in a lock?

I used the wrong key, checking a lock. Can I get it out or do I have to get a whole new doorknob. Oh and this is just a regular front door lock.
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How can I change the opening direction of double PVC conservatory doors?

Reversing opening of PVC conservatory doors out wards - closing inwards making space very restrictive
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How to break a sheet of glass quietly?

I have a sheet of glass over the kitchen door (for natural light to hit the entry hallway) VICIOUSLY GLUED to the fame. I'm removing the entire frame to replace the old wood door with a glass door and ...
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Wood frame door and window repair. Steps by step answers please. In Ecuador

These are the wood parts that have been very badly damaged by sun and water. How can i restore them to the natural color they had. Id like step by step information please. Also i am in Ecuador so some ...
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Greasy Bathroom Door

I have a bath door that surprisingly gets tacky with like a grease, the paint is not tacky but it seems to get greasy. What could this be. Moisture, air flow. Not sure what to do.
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Would a paint stripper brush remove stain and varnish from a door frame?

I wonder if anyone can help me? I have a wood door frame that had been previously stained and varnished, and I would like to strip this back to its original wood. Would a normal paint stripper do the ...
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How would I go about installing a prehung door in this opening?

I've got an actual opening of 35.5" in an opening between my basement and garage. I'd like to install a prehung door (first time), and am a bit confused about the width necessary for framing. My ...