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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What should I use to fill big gap around door frame?

A door was replaced (due to break in). The contractor insisted to go to a bigger size door. So we went from 32 to 36 inch (which is more widely available). Now I see a gap of near 1 inch between door ...
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How to improve the insulation seal on French Doors to stop drafts?

I have a few french that go to the outside in my house. They look like below, the right door swings out while the left door typically remains closed. In the above photo, the area circled in red is ...
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How to install casings on 5/8“ drywall and 1/2” window/door jambs

I have a room framed with windows and door with jambs sized for 1/2 drywall. I would like to install 3/4" X 3 1/2" casing, see illustration, around them. I would also like to install 5/8&...
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How much tolerance is there for a frameless glass shower door?

I did a shower remodel that involved moving a wall and re-tiling my shower. The new width for the door opening is 33.5 inches. I see pre-made frameless glass shower doors that are listed as being ...
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Inserting Glass Pane in Wooden Door

I have a hallway door that is 1 3/4" thick. I'd like to be able to see through the door, what is the best way to go about this? I see glass panes are available for purchase Here but all that ...
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Potential danger installing longer strike plate screws?

Just changed the locks on my house today, and I noticed that the strike plate screws that came with my new deadbolts are much longer than the existing strike plate screws. I'm using the old screws for ...
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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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How to repair the bottom wooden panel in an exterior glass door

The door is in a very good shape, apart from the lower panel. It appears that the seal was not properly installed and caused water damage to the lower panel. There are multiple doors like this. Some ...
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Door threshold/sill from unfinished concrete garage floor

I have a detached garage with a bare, unfinished concrete slab. The side door has a step down to grade. The old threshold was so rotted when we moved in, I couldn't tell you much of anything about it. ...
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Filling a screw hole that turned crooked and broke the surface of a hollow core door

I installed the hardware for this pocket door about 1/8" too close to the front edge of the door. The screw holes are not only in the wrong place now, but they turned diagonal and broke out the ...
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Internal latch plate stuck in latch bore?

I am trying to replace my interior door knobs and am really struggling to remove the latch in my bathroom door. The latch plate (which goes into the latch bore) was painted over so I assumed that’s ...
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Fill the gap between door plate and slab

Thank you for reading my question. I replaced our front door awhile back and everything went ok. It's a 36" exterior door with one side light, prehung. After the door was in, leveled and screwed ...
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How to fill the cavity in a recessed door panel

I'm restoring the door to my dumb waiter. The door is 1" thick, plywood core, tin exterior (1/32"); the door is original and dates back to 1939. I want to make the door completely flat, then ...
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Reconfigure metal door lock system from mortise to individual door knob and deadbolt

I have a metal door with a privacy mortise lock with a thumbturn. I can't drill any new holes outside, we must use the existing hole for the door knob and deadlock. I have to replace the existing ...
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Best/easiest way to install access door to dead space in house

I have a roughly 6'x6' dead space on my second floor that was previously used to run exhaust pipes for my gas water heater and gas heater on the ground floor. This dead space currently has no access, ...
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What should I use for an interior door threshold if the clearance is only 1/2”?

I just had hardwood floors installed in my office and I need to install a threshold to cover where the hallway carpet and hardwood join. The challenge is, the clearance is only 1/2” under the door (a ...
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How do I find a fire-rated door that won't dent easily?

I recently bought a metal fire-rated door at Lowe's for the doorway from my house to my garage. In putting it into my van, it bumped into a dolly cart. I was surprised to see that it was dented from ...
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How do I prevent an interior door from latching?

I have an interior door (with doorknobs, not handles) that auto-closes. I would like, most of the time, to be able to just push the door open and not have to turn the knob. However, I don’t want a ...
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Screen door track replacement

I need to replace the twin plastic tracks (see pic below) guiding the tops of two sliding mesh screen doors attached to the back entrance of my house. The tracks are plastic and come in one piece, but ...
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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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Trying to determine appropriate beam size for a header on a large sliding glass door

I am considering installing a large sliding glass door in an Exterior wall with load from both interior 2 story slopped ceiling joists/rafters (new door going into 9' end) and on the other side is an ...
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What type of screws/anchors to fasten a closer to a steel door

What are some proper screws or anchors to use for affixing something to a steel walk-in door? The example for this question will be attaching an automatic closer to an exterior steel door. The door is ...
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Making sure this wall is just a partition and not load bearing

We are considering widening this existing opening and installing double doors. Is there any chance that this wall is load bearing? I was going to be overly cautious and put up temporary supports for ...
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How can I repair this rotten entry threshold?

My entry door threshold is sunk into the concrete from the driveway and leaking. How can I repair this sunken threshold? OR, what kind of contractor should I get to repair it for me?
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Help mounting trimmed hollow bifold doors

I recently bought an older house with 4 closets that have the bi-folding hollow closet doors like those from Jeld-Wen. Upon inspection 2 sets of doors had to be thrown away as the mounting hardware ...
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How can I repair a puncture in a hollow-core wooden door?

Someone punched my wooden door. Now it has a giant dent in it. The dent is similar to this one. Fortunately, it's a bit less severe than this. How can I "pop" the dent back out?
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Bathroom pocket door warps as fall comes

I have a couple pocket doors I replaced a couple years ago in the summer. One door is between a powder room and full bath, the other is between the master bedroom and the same full bath. They're the ...
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Easiest fix for crooked door frame

This particular door has 3 problems: Door sticks to the stops, due to layers of paint, this post provides couple options. Top door corner rubs against the head on the latch side when closed Neither ...
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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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Securing a basement suite with door to main floor

I live in a basement suite and the door to the main floor has a lock on the landlords side. Is there a simple way to secure it from my side?
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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 replace doors that are not standard sizes?

I have 12 doors in my apartment that need to be replaced. All of them are of non-standard sizes. My door frames are typically 6 cm too high for the standard doors available. The widths are all fine. ...
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How do I remove this Schlage double-cylinder deadbolt with no visible screws?

Does anyone know how to remove this dead bolt that has no screw heads to use a screw driver? Here's a picture below.
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What is the name of the retracting part of a dog lead?

I want to build a retracting insect screen having two of the retracting “bearings” holding a rod between, and having the mesh on the rod. I’ve spent hours of research to get the name of the part ...
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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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Threshold for pre-hung exterior door

I’ve been in a bit of an adventure replacing the side door in my garage. Dry fitting the door and I’m not too confident in what I have going on for the threshold. The concrete was very uneven so I ...
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Location of manufacturer name on bifold doors

I asked a previous question on here about the adjustment of bifold doors. Since that didn't produce a resolution, I guess my next port of call is to ask the manufacturer. That leads to my next ...
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Is there a tool I can use to cut out the templates for door hardware?

I just bought some new hardware (knobs and latches) for the interior doors of my house. Currently the latches look something like this: (source: homedepot.com) And the new latches look something like ...
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Ideas for redesigning laundry room entrance [closed]

We have a laundry room that's tight in space and with inconvenient entrance that I would like to redesign. As shown in picture, our laundry room is in first floor and its sitting in the entrance into ...
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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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Door knob lock not moving when turned to lock

I have a bathroom doorknob that when I lock, nothing happens to the lock (by lock I mean the thing that moves and stops the door from moving I don't know if there is a technical term) I can pull the ...
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How to build a secret bookcase door in a cased opening?

I'm looking to build a secret bookcase door to a room that is currently just has cased opening entry. The opening is roughly 82" x 80" and my thought process would be to have two doors that ...
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terms and prep for old style doorknobs

I like the look of old-fashioned doorknobs with a small rosette. I'm getting some new doors and thinking about boring and mortising them myself. My plan is to find old knobs, rosettes, locksets from ...
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Should basement staircase door have a passage or privacy knob? [closed]

I am replacing a door knob on first level that opens to staircase to the basement. Should this door have a passage or privacy knob? Thanks!
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How to remove door hinge cap

Realised that door started to squeaking and the sound is coming from the hinge. The pin cap is slightly bigger than the hinge. Found a video on YouTube that suggested to try with a vice wrench and tap ...
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Why did my garage door opener stop working?

It didn't work, so I put a new battery in the remote. Worked for several days, but then not today. Motor of opener did not engage (not a problem w/rollers etc.) I already checked the sensors ...
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What is the required distance of electrical panel from a door?

How close can I place a main electrical panel from an interior or exterior door? Is there a difference in distance if the panel is placed on the hinged or non-hinged side, or if it is inward or ...
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Replacing a door's glass panel with a wood panel

I basically have the following type of back door: The problem is that my girlfriend moved in with me. Well not, really, her dog did and we need to install a pet door. The problem is I need the first ...
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Replacing an exterior screen door footer threshold to close gap

So I'm repairing issues on a home that was damaged in a flood about 8 years ago. A contractor had done all the repairs after the flood but I've found lots of corners cut and shotty work. The door to ...
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Dale - Lever screw on rosette internal door handles

We have bought 7 pairs x Dale lever handles with screw on rosette covers. I’ve fitted 2 doors with their handles with no problems but now found the remaining 5 screw on covers as supplied are too ...

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