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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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Which to install first…closet doors or carpet?

We are redecorating my son's bedroom. This includes converting the large bi-fold closet doors to sliding doors. We have also pulled up the carpet and are installing new carpet and padding. My question ...
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How should I paint an exterior door to prevent sticking?

Most quality paints for doors have at least a 5-day full cure time. So how can I paint an exterior door and keep it from sticking to the stop? I mean I could obviously paint it first thing in the ...
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Door knob (lever handle) only engages in one direction

The lever handle door knob on my front door can be turned either way, but only engages when turned turned one way. Can I make it work in both directions? At rest, the bolt is engaged, as desired. ...
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Do I need a special kind of locksmith for accurate installation of latches in a solid door?

I have some expensive doors made of solid oak and I need them to be drilled and mortised for latch sets. I am a little nervous about hiring a random locksmith to do this work, because if they screw up,...
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remove/replace door hinge on wood door frame

Can the screws be removed from the hinge and wood frame, the frame painted and the hinge reattached with the same screws and holes?
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How to lock an inside door with round doorknobs turning both clockwise and counterclockwise (without a key)?

I'd like to lock an inside building door, which I'm pretty sure is possible. The lock/doorknobs look like the pictures. The doorknobs can turn both clockwise and counterclockwise. How do I lock ...
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Locked from the outside, how to unlock it?

My door automatically locks when you close the door, I of course forgot about it and closed my door as I left now we can't get it open, please help I'm not sure what to do [1]: https://i.stack.imgur....
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Replace or tighten a screwless hinge

The door seems to tilt backwards which makes door closing hard and I'm thinking it's because of this old top hinge with the screw sort of exposed. I'd heard that tightening the hinge could help but ...
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How do I remove the rest of this lever-style door handle?

I'm trying to remove an old lever-style door handle (with no visible screws) that had a missing latch so was already non-functional. Following online tutorials on how to remove door handles and ...
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Help identifying a walkout door threshold and repair options

The walkout door in my basement has a cracked threshold. I searched again and again on multiple online sites, Home Depot, and Lowes trying to find a make & model similar to mine, but couldn't find ...
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How do I adjust this “hidden” door hinge?

How do I adjust this type of hidden door hinge so that the hinge part on the door itself gets closer to the hinge part on the door frame? I figure it's done using the two top and bottom hex screws on ...
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What is this type of lock called?

My bathroom lock is broken and I am looking to buy a replacement, but I don't know what its called. Here is a photo of the broken one and a working one from the toilet. Would anyone know the search ...
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How can I reduce a rough opening height 1-1/4"?

I'm building a new master bedroom closet. The wife wants a specific 30x80" door which requires a rough-in of 32x82. Unfortunately, the measurement from the top plate to the subfloor is 83 1/4". I'm ...
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Installing sliding door into a larger rough opening

I currently have a single door french door leading onto my deck, which has rotted a bit and I need to replace it. I wanted to go with a sliding door to replace but, but there's a slight difference in ...
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Sill Pan for Exterior Door - Importance VS. Requirement

I am installing a new secondary entrance door and deciding whether to use a plastic sill pan from HD or Lowes. Neither store, nor any lumber yards around me, carry these in stock. That leads me to ...
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How can I use door opening to open separate flap with levers?

I am searching for a mechanical solution for my gate with lever and counterweights. The space under my gate is too large when closed and my dogs can escape under. However the door opens up on an ...
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Is it possible to setup correctly a concealed (indoor) door closer for multiple situations?

Let's consider a concealed door closer (closes the door after you open it). Concealed means it is put inside the door itself (it's kind of invisible). Here is an example to have some idea: I can ...
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How to flatten warped louvered doors?

I reinstalled some louver doors which had been stored in the basement for a while. Its a double-door pair. Possibly because of the position in which they were stored, or perhaps humidity, they have ...
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How to seal gaps around door to prevent mosquitoes from entering?

I have gaps above and below the doors of my house, from which mosquitoes enter in huge numbers. I fold newspapers and fit them every day. This takes a lot of time as I have to do it for every door. ...
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Sealing gap between exterior door threshold and wood floor

Our exterior front door sits on what was once the house's original front porch. Those old floor wood planks extend under the front door's threshold, but there is a noticeable gap between the planks ...
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Will a locksmith prefer to install a handle on a door that is hung or laying flat on horses?

I have several hardwood doors that will need to have door handles and latches installed. Currently the doors are unhung and laying on saw horses (for sanding and painting). Will the locksmith prefer ...
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How to install a door in a load bearing basement wall that is only 80 inches high

I would like to install a door in a load baring wall in my basement that is only 80 inches from the floor to the joist. It's an old 1940s home where half the house has joists running east west and ...
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Suggestion for fixing leaky exterior door handle

We have a newer door and handle (fiberglass door and Schlage handle and lock) that I caught leaking during the storms last weekend. The door and handle are less than 2 years old so shouldn't need ...
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Storm Door Installation

I am looking at installing a 36x80 Andersen 3000 storm door. When I started looking at my current front door, it looks like there is an extra trim piece overtop of the actual door frame. Because of ...
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Back door suddenly won't close

I have an old wooden back door that leads to my garden. It has a mortice key lock on the handle, a sliding bolt about half a meter above it, and in-between these a latch lock that opens and closes ...
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How to stop water leaking along tile seam under a frameless shower door sweep?

I have a frameless glass bathroom shower and water leaks under it. I believe the water is moving along a tile to tile seam (like subway tiles) and going under the sweep. It is fairly new ...
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Is it possible to seal an interior barn door to provide an acceptable level of insulation between a conditioned and an unconditioned space?

I'm finishing a storage room in my house. General layout, room is 12' x 12', door on one wall, window on opposite wall, roof peak ~12' above the axis between the door and the window. Roof slopes ...
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Framing Oops? Advice?

So, in this DIY basement finishing project of mine, I've learned more than I ever thought I could know but I've been able to correct many simple mistakes so far. Here's my latest, I have basically ...
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How should I stop pocket doors from scraping on the jamb?

I have pocket doors that occasionally scrape on the inside on their frame which scuffs them up. How should I protect against this? I was thinking of using the soft side of velcro strips inside the ...
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Can any damage be caused to a door and/or its hinges if pushed open with force?

In the majority of houses that I've visited, I've noticed that most walls in the property have door stoppers behind them to prevent damage to the wall from a door hitting hard into it. For doors that ...
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Sound proofing bedroom doors, what to do about air flow?

We recently replaced all the carpet in our home with hard floors, dramatically increasing the amount of noise transmission between bedrooms and the hallway. I've been researching the best ways to ...
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Attaching a 2 x 4 to a door frame

I am trying to find a way to add a pullup bar to my home gym. Ordinarily the pullup bar contraption goes over and through the door frame, but the door frames we have go all the way up to the ceiling ...
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Exterior Door Width is Shorter than Jamb

I have exterior door installed and its 1/4 inch shorter in width than Jamb. when closed I can see straight 1/4" inch gap from top to bottom. Fortunately dead bolt works but latch bold is just hanging ...
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Question about outswing door on attached toolshed

I have a toolshed attached to my garage with an outswing door. The door appears to be screwed into the moulding instead of the stud. Is this typical for an outswing door (see photos)? Photo album I'...
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Backplate for satin nickel deadlock

There is an old door with some marks from a jimmyproof lock. It was replaced with a single cylinder deadlock, satin nickel finish. To cover the marks, it was decided to install a back plate covering ...
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Door jamb wider than framed entry

I'm trying to figure out the best approach for this issue I ran into. So I have a door jamb that sits at 79.5" wide and the actual frame is at 79.25" wide. I have 3 options: trim either the hinge ...
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Fix alignment of sliding doors

I have a double sliding door with a lock, that only works if I lift one side by about 1-2mm. This requieres a lot of force, since this is a solid wood door. The doors do not seem to be parallel to ...
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Do solid core doors reduce sound more than hollow-core doors?

I need to replace a bedroom door. I would like to find the option that is best at dampening noise. I'm trying to decide between an MDF door like Jeld-Wen Molded Composite MDF Interior Door Slab or a ...
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How can I find door hardware to match the fitment of my vintage hardware?

I want to replace the lock but want to keep using all the existing holes in the door. Photos here: https://imgur.com/a/wxeoKJj On the side, the only engravings are "PAT APR 17 06, OTHER PAT PEND."....
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Is there a recommended size for vents in boiler cupboard doors?

I have replaced doors in my house and would like to replace a plain boiler cupboard door — standard 1981mm x 762mm (6½ft by 2½ft) door — with a 6-panel door matching the ...
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Gaps between drywall and door casing

I'm trying to paint my garage and noticed some gaps between the door casing and the drywall. Is there a way I can fill these so they appear flat? Thinking of using some spray foam insulation for the ...
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Restoring exterior door frame at latch?

Tenants have broken out wood where an exterior door should receive the doorknob latch. There's nowhere to attach the strike plate. What's the right way to fix this? The depth of this piece of wood ...
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Finding replacement for antediluvian lock

I would like to replace an internal lock on the cupboard door in my flat. The lock is very old and I struggle to find a similar type in B&Q. I can mostly find locks that are to be mounted inside ...
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Slider Door locks from inside but not outside with key

I can lock my slider from inside with no problem but when i try to lock it from the outside with the key (I have tried several keys) it does not lock but I can see the hook go up the same as it does ...
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Re-key or just replace deadbolts?

Our house has Schlage "bright brass" deadbolts on the front and back doors, which use different keys. Our separate garage had a no-name unit. We never had keys for the rear door or garage. I just ...
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how to properly hang door when wall is far out of plumb?

I have a new solid-wood interior door that I want to hang. I removed the previous jamb, as it was not well installed. The rough opening is reasonably plumb when looking through the doorway (some ...
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Is there any problem with installing a prehung inswing exterior door backwards as an outswing?

My local home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes only have prehung inswing exterior doors, and I could special order an outswing prehung door but they're like $310+ whereas the equivalent ...
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glass shower door no studs

I am about to install my frameless shower door and realized I am missing the stud by two inches I have two layers of 1/2 cement board and have found some anchors that can hold 600lbs will this be ...
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How can I repair damaged door casing?

We recently adopted a pup and are still getting to understand his separation anxiety triggers. Recently, he gouged the door frame pretty severely. I am hoping I can fix this myself, since this is a ...
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Pella Door won't lock (3 point lock)

I'm going to share this question and answer it myself because someone else may have had this problem. I have several Pella doors in my home with the 3 point locks (top and bottom "shootbolts" and a ...

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