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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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Apartment entry knob issue

I have been having issues with my apartment door not opening when I turn the knob. The knob is very loose and as a result, it is able to move left and right. Although functionally, turning to the ...
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Fitting add on blinds to rear door

I am trying to fit add on, enclosed blinds (like these) to the rear door of my new home. I have not been able to find a set of blinds that fit appropriately and I am not sure why. I've returned 2 sets ...
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Trim door slab width by 1/4". Worth dealing on my own or order to the size?

Store can order them with custom size (adds +2 weeks and ~$60/slab). They are solid core, paint grade (primed).
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cleaning shaft of brass door knob?

I have a glass door knob taken apart to clean but wonder do I have to remove the glass knob from the brass shaft in order to clean that piece of brass. I have seen many knobs break removing them and ...
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Barn Door with no header

I want to install a barn door across the opening to the master bathroom. There is no header and I don't mind there being an open area above the door for extra air flow. What is the best way to do this?...
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Door hinge alignment impacting full closure

I'm having problems with a set of outdoor BBQ area doors I've installed into a frame installed in a brick space. Basically, I have an opening constructed with two short brick walls as a space below ...
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How can I install closet doors for a very long closet opening?

I have a very long closet opening (about 120" wide and 80" tall) and I'm struggling to find a set of doors for it. Any suggestions for how to add doors to such a long closet opening? All I can find ...
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Providing additional support for door hinges with no stud behind

We are preparing our basement living area to be AirBnB-able, and for added peace of mind, we want to replace the thin, single-panel interior door between that area and the rest of our house with a ...
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Sliding bathroom barn door covering cadet heater

This was a design decision I made a month ago and now after things putting together, I have a "duh" moment. This is my bathroom door which will have a barn door sliding to the left: Note that there ...
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Doors to uninsulated walk-in spaces

I have two 32" doors in my house that lead to uninsulated storage rooms. I'm concerned about my utility bills, and I'm wondering if these doors are appropriately insulated. What kind of door should ...
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How do I remove these escutcheons from my door?

I have a G-U multi-point door lock. The inside escutcheon with handle and thumb turn are pictured below. I am trying to figure out what type of lock cylinder I have inside of the door, but I can't see ...
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How to pick a sliding glass door

I'm looking for something mid-range that works well in summer/winter. Should I be leaning towards composite or vinyl?
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What should I know before trying to make a larger deadbolt hole?

I had a locksmith come over and check this out, but he ended up refusing the job. It seems pretty simple to me, but before I wanted to go give it a "try" I figure I would ask just so I have a better ...
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Need wood size identification (or suggestions) on barn door picture

Basically I want to build the exact door below, I really like the look of it and don't want to alter it if at all possible. I started to plan things out, but I don't do much wood work. I'm having ...
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Is there hardware that lets a swinging cabinet door pull open a sliding shelf?

Under my kitchen sink, I'm installing a floor mounted sliding shelf, so that I can slide out the trash instead of reaching underneath. The cabinet doors are swing-mounted, and I can't change this ...
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Storm door closer that “clicks” open and closed?

I have a storm door with closers at the top and bottom. The lower one had a unique locking system - when you opened the door far enough it would "click" and stay open. Pushing it a little further ...
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How to install door security guard on metal door jamb?

I bought a door security guard that looks like this The instruction coming with it says I need to drill a 1/8‘’hole first on the door jamb and put the screws in it, but I am not sure it would work ...
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Is having all locks with the same key a bad idea?

My partner and I have recently bought a house. I'm going to get new door lock cylinders for the front and back door. I'm not sure whether to get them keyed alike. Is it a bad idea to get them so ...
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Face Frame Cabinet Hinges won't close

I have some large cabinet doors (3 hinges on each door) which I recently installed new soft-close hinges however the left side the bottom of the door won't close and on the right side the top of the ...
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Is it better to shim behind hinge leaves against the door or the frame?

I'm trying to adjust a small door and needed to make adjustments. Does it matter if I shim the hinge connected to the door or the hinge connected to the frame? Are the two essentially equivalent when ...
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Do wall-mounted door stoppers with embedded springs provide any advantages over versions without a spring inside them?

When taking a look at the various different types of available wall-mounted door stoppers, I've noticed two main types - ones that are simply mounted to a small hole that had to be drilled, and ...
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Metal door frame; the screwholes holding the strike plates are stripped out. What to do?

As the title states, the screw holes in my metal door frame are stripped out and do not hold the screws for my strike plates. The door is a finely made iron and glass door (heavy), but the metal for ...
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Thumbturn And Plate Removal (Schlage)

I'm unfortunately having a lot of trouble removing my thumbturn of my door. Please see pic. It's a Schlage that was on this house when we bought it as the model home in 2007ish. I've tried pushing ...
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Weatherstripping for inswing exterior door with clearance problems. Clearance door sweep?

How would you weatherstrip this gap under an inswing exterior door? The door threshold is not very high, and the door already drags a bit on the interior carpet, so many styles of door threshold are ...
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Exterior door mounting plate - replacing door hardware

I am trying to replace the hardware on my front door to install a smart lock. The issue that has arisen is that the old hardware left a large discoloration on the door. The new hardware does not cover ...
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Is it ok to paint walls now and doors and casing later?

Recently had carpet and old baseboards removed from my house and hardwood sanded and refinished with Provincial floor stain. Now we've hired a painter to paint three bedrooms, hallway, living room, ...
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How can I adjust door in jamb?

Since the house was built in 1986 it has settled unevenly. Drywall cracks I can deal with. But one problem has me stumped: I have an exterior door where the top of the opening is now about 3/16 ...
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What is “gauge” size for door hinge knuckles?

Anyone know the meaning of "gauge" when talking about the outer diameter of a door hinge's knuckle? For example, commercial door hinge knuckles often have "gauge" sizes of 0.134 or 0.180. Doing my ...
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Does a storm door help prevent heat loss?

One person advised me that I'll cut down on the heat loss in my kitchen by installing a storm door. Another said I'd get better results by replacing the door itself, and then I can either install a ...
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What kind of curtain rod should I buy for these brackets?

I'm trying to figure out what style of curtain rod to buy for these brackets on my doors. One end has a circular hole and the other end has a rectangular opening. They are 27" apart. I live in ...
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How to measure the width of a door with an extra ring?

I would like to order a new cylinder for my door and need to provide measurements. I do not know which of the measurements on the right (20 or 30 mm) I should choose: Specifically I do not know ...
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Front door won't fully close or sit flush

What's the best way to fix an exterior door that won't close all the way? Currently it closes ~99%, but I have to push the door to make it fully shut. The deadbolt won't easily slide in or out, and ...
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How do I remove this peephole viewer?

How do I remove this peephole viewer? I haven't been able to find one like this on YouTube how-to videos so I'm guessing it's an older style. On the outside of the door is a gold plate surrounding ...
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Closing in Garage door while raising existing header on load bearing wall

I am closing in an 8'x7' garage door with a wall and 32" exterior entry door to make more space in our family room. The floor will be raised to meet the existing floor which will elevate the new ...
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Should I fill the void created by a magnetic strip used to insulate the door on the outside?

I installed this manetic strip for my mother in law, her door is in pretty bad shape but this works fine. She says there is sometimes water condensation on the metal part of it, do I need to do ...
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Mounting a sliding barn door without a header

I have a hallway that leads into a group of bedrooms. I would like to install a sliding barn door to close these rooms off. There is not currently a header of any kind above this opening. I'm fine ...
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New door knob strike screw holes don't line up with old ones

I purchased some new door knobs for inside my house to replace my dated looking ones. The previous screw holes for my strike don't quite line up with the new ones. Is it OK to try and screw in or will ...
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How to add bars or strengthen a sliding door?

I am trying to secure a home, by adding bars to the windows, and metal door to the front, as well as added locks to the garage door. The back door has a glass sliding door. I can strengthen this with ...
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How should I reattach this garage door bracket?

I didn't install this originally but looks like the bracket has broke off from the door. Also it appears that the door itself is damaged. What is the best way to repair this?
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Moulding descriptions have a 2-3 letter acronym in their description (eg. LWM, WM, WG) - what do they stand for?

If you look at many varieties of moulding available at Home Depot, you get descriptions like: WM 376 -11/16 in. x 2-1/4 in. Primed Finger-Jointed Door and Window Casing Moulding Any idea what these ...
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How to keep a bathroom door slightly ajar, without adjusting a doorstop

I have a bathroom door whose frame is not plumb, so if the door is left slightly ajar, it swings fully open by itself. I want to be able to leave the door slightly ajar (about 4 inches / 10 cm) ...
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Paint Exterior Door that is in Sun

I have a Mahogany door that costs me about $700/year to keep it stained and covered in urethane. It is in direct sun and just takes a beating. I don't want to put a storm door on it because the ...
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How to remove broken hinge which is stuck inside

There is a broken hinge which is stuck: To compare, a good hinge is removed easily like this: I tried to remove broken hinge with a hammer, however it is stuck very firmly. Is there any method to ...
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Fit a door in a tight space

I have a garage with an odd size entry (not bay) door. The old door, which recently broke, was only 24" x 70". Time to put in a new door. My intent is to enlarge the opening for a more standard size....
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Is there an objective way to measure how easily a sliding patio door is moving and if it is adjusted properly?

Is there an objective way to measure how easy a sliding patio door is moving and if it is adjusted properly? I just installed my sliding vinyl patio door and since it is slightly larger than usual (...
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Installing a sliding patio door…why does the entire frame have to be square, level and plumb?

It has been raining cats and dogs for two days (fall wet season). I am looking at my newly installed but but not sealed patio door that is not screwed, not plumb-ed and not leveled and I am trying to ...
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Do hinge screws become more tight-fitting over time once installed?

I've noted newly installed hinge screws can be replaced more easily if replacement is within days after fitting. If left for weeks or more, they become considerably harder to remove due to friction. ...
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Apartment door direction

I am purchasing a new apartment entry door and need help with choosing in which direction should it swing. The layout of the common area is quite tight: My concerns: my own apartment is not too big....
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Blocking up an unused door with timber / cladding. How to protect from weather and insulate?

I have a rotting backdoor that forms a side entrance to a conservatory. The door is never used. I plan to take out the door, build a timber frame where the door frame and sill was, and then install ...
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garage door handle disconnected from lock

My garage door is manual at the moment. I’ve had to lock it manually. Today, I realized I can’t lock it from the outside anymore. The handle connected to the lock moves freely and doesn’t move the ...

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