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Installation instructions depend on the exact model of "electronic door lock" you purchase. Most of the low-cost/self-contained units install into a standard cylindrical-lock bore (ie, in place of the normal knobset and/or deadbolt), occasionally with another hole or two to anchor them firmly in place. That's an easy retrofit. Commercial-type units, where ...


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It is of course possible for an individual to make a door that provides a normal level of performance. The probability that a person without knack for or reasonable experience performing finish carpentry is, however, rather low. To perform to a normal level, a door needs to fit within a tight tolerance and maintain dimensional stability without twisting or ...


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Honestly, building an exterior door is not a DIY project. It's more complex than you would think, especially if your planning on having it be lighted (with windows). As for building it out of plywood, even if you had a way to press it up properly (a vacuum press) it would not stay flat long term. Hands down your best bet is going to be finding an ...


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This would be only moderately difficult to reproduce on your own: Buy a slab exterior door. This will be $200-300. If you can't find it for that price, look harder. Frame the door plus the left panel. $50 Cut out panels in door (probably jigsaw). Free Hang door. Free Add trim panels on outside surface. Might need something custom unless you want ...


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Cutting it would be okay so long as you keep enough of the bend for it to function properly. Having said that, the tab on that strike looks exceptionally long to me. You might want to see if you can pick up a new one that has a more appropriately sized tab, it would be way easier than modifying the old one.


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A front door is just a controlled hole in the wall. But it is very controlled. You are right to think that there are structural issues. The wall where the door is located has several of its upright structural members (studs) removed. There has to be a horizontal support (header) added to make up for that, and extra vertical supports under that. The exact ...


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You can buy a louvered vent for the door. You can probably find them at your local home improvement store. I'm assuming this is a standard hollow core door. The hole can be cut using a a standard jigsaw with a fine tooth metal cutting blade. If it is an orbital jigsaw, you want to set it to have the least aggressive cut as possible to ensure a smooth cut. ...


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There are a few adjustment that are pretty easy to do, once you figure out which adjustment screw does what, That can be sorted out by trial and error. There should be one on the other end too. One is backcheck, which I could never figure out what it really did, and the other two are closing speed, which is good in the video, and the last one is latch speed ...


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There should be a catch release hidden on the underside of the inner knob. Push in, hold, pull knob out with your 3rd hand. If you don't care about the knobs you can be lazy and just cut/bend/crush the escutcheon plate to get to the screws.


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The usual approach is to attach a cover plate. If you just want to close the hole, there are disks that secure from the back side of the door. If you're going to need to drill new holes, which might overlap the old holes, there are plates which wrap around the side of the door; they can be had in various finishes and can be fairly decorative.


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The strike plate that you have looks like a very odd ball unit. It is either specially made for a specific application and misapplied here OR is some artsy piece of hardware that is a PITA (as you have found out). You should remove one and take it with you to the hardware or big-box store for size reference. Then look for a much more conventional type of ...


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It turns out electronic locks (and door passage sets—a.k.a. door handle sets) have a limited range of door thicknesses they install in. A condo I used to live in had a mondo solid wood entry door 2.5 inches thick (exterior doors are normally 1.75 inches thick). To obtain a suitable electronic lock required a special order, 8 weeks, and $750. It was ...


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A heavy rubber band from handle to handle



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