Questions tagged [doors]

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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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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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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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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Sealing a tilt type garage door

I've got a tilt type garage door with gaps on the side. I've sealed the top and bottom, but I'm not sure what to do with the sides. I've googled a bit and it turns out that it's recommended to just ...
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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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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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Should I keep a bathroom door open or closed to keep it from expanding?

Should I keep the bathroom door open or shut after a shower to keep it from expanding? What if the fan is on as well?
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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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How do I remove hard deposits from my glass shower door?

I have a problem with regards to my frameless glass shower door because I don't usually clean it regularly. What happens is that the lower edge of the glass door is already very cloudy and is very ...
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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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How does a contractor determine the water performance rating needed for a sliding glass door?

We had our home recently renovated, and after a large rain, during AZ's last monsoon season, we found a large puddle on water in the house back our new sliding glass door. After determining we didn't ...
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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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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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What brand is this door latch bolt?

I am trying to find out what the brand of this drive-in locking door latch is. It is circa 1975. I am planning to replace four of them.
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Dog door in a glass french door?

We'd like to put in a doggie door (22" high) into or back patio door so our dog can go out to the fenced in patio when she wants to. The door is a French door like this one, the door on the right ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Antique Schlage Door Knob - Can't reassemble

From an old Schlage outside/inside door knob (I think it dates back to the 1950's). I can't find where the retaining clip goes. The front of the door is a handle with an old-fashioned lever
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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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Having difficulty fixing my sagging door by bending its hinge

I've watched a few YouTube videos that showed me how to fix a sagging door by bending the knuckles of the door hinge, such as this one and this one here. However, I am perplexed as to how these ...
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Outswing Door Strike

I have doors I would like to electronically control remotely. I have seen door strikes in older NYC apartments that I thought would be perfect: until I remembered the target doors are outswing. ...
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Can I cut into a header to install a taller exterior door?

I have a double wide mobile home with existing slider and replacing it with french doors. The size is going from 71 1/2 x 76 to 71 1/2 x 80. I don't believe that there are cripple studs above the ...
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Deadbolt door trim guard?

So I have an outside door w/ a deadbolt. Someone left the deadbolt extended but the door open and went to shut it and as a result the deadbolt dented the heck out of my interior door trim (inswing ...
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How do I fix an exterior door knob that will unlock but not turn?

My back door (which is only two years old) has a door knob that recently suddenly stopped turning. I can lock and unlock it, but it just won't turn. Here's a picture of the inside of the door knob: ...
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What direction should lever-style door handles be oriented?

What direction should lever-style door handles be oriented? According to this guy on YouTube, the traditional way is "middle of the curve up, end of the curve down", which "looks better", but you can ...
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Is it true that one hinge bears most of the load on a typical 3-hinge door?

This is an anecdote I've heard from time to time, but have not read any systematic evidence for. Given that a geometrically perfect door fitting would be difficult (if not impossible) to achieve, are ...
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Make a sliding barn door airtight?

I'm brainstorming for building a cabin this summer and am wondering if anyone has had luck making a sliding barn door airtight (or at least, pretty airtight). One cabin design I've been pondering is ...
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Do They Make Two-Panel “Barn Door” Interior Doors, with Both Panels Sliding to One Side?

I have a closet that contains my washer and dryer, with a 60" wide x 80" high opening. Right now, that closet has bi-fold doors, but they are in poor shape, and I am looking to replace them. The ...
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How to 'fix' a twisted murphy door?

I'm new to woodworking and I am building a bookshelf door. The bookshelf is constructed of hardwood. I mounted it, and the measurements and square look good, but it seems that the surface I used to ...
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New sliding door with stucco behind vinyl siding

Has anyone had experience treating old (1948) stucco (3/4” stucco, metal lath, tar paper, ship lap) as wall board when installing new sliding doors or windows? I have vinyl siding that is on furring ...
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What kind of screw should I use to affix plywood to a hollow metal door?

I need to affix a plywood frame (depth ~1.25 cm or so) to an office entrance door. The door is metallic, but not a solid metal block: it's hollow. The metal face of the door is about 2mm. This is the ...
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how can I clean my linseed treated wooden doors?

My beautiful Knotty Alder patio doors appear that dirt or mold has penetrated the linseed oil we applied to them before hanging them. How can I clean the doors? What should I use to clean them?
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Do doors with overlapping swings violate building regulations in the UK?

I am buying a new build property in Salisbury, UK and the cloakroom door swing overlaps the kitchen door swing, so if someone is coming out of the cloakroom at the same time as someone coming out of ...
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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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Choosing the right exterior door type for sound proofing from outside road noise

I am getting the door to my inlaw unit replaced. Its not clear to me whether to get a solid core door, or a solid wood door, if my objective is to provide the best soundproofing inside the unit from ...
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European DIN Specification bathroom lock standard door preperation, has a 60mm offset

I'm not able to find the standard door preparation for a European specification DIN bathroom latch. The kind with a 60mm offset. This one specifically, https://www.gjohns.co.uk/din-style-bathroom-...
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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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Sealing a closet door that has a gas fired water heater in it

Does anyone know how to make a self sealing door? There's a bedroom in my basement, and it has a door in there that allows you access into the HVAC room (which can be entered from another door in ...
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Can't Reset Craftsman Garage Door Opener

I have an old Craftsman door opener That has been opening on it's own and have looked at all the possible causes and no fixes seem to work. I removed wires from the wall mounted opener so it isn't a ...

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