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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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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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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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Latch bolt stuck inside door jamb

[latch bolt still in door jambThe latch bolt for my exterior door is stuck inside the door jamb. I have removed both door handles, but can't get the door open to get at the latch plate or strike plate....
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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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Shaky, noisy and hard to open bi-fold doors

I have multiple closets with bi-fold doors and they all have the same issue: shaky, noisy and hard to open. It looks like the doors were installed using cheap sliding hardware. The doors are so shaky ...
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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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Do you really *have* to mortise for hinges and other door hardware?

I am wondering if it's entirely necessary to mortise a door and jamb for hinges and other miscellaneous door hardware. The only thing I can think of is that, in addition to being screwed in, the ...
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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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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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What handle and lock for sliding door with no internal mechanism?

My house, built in 1959, has a sliding door with no internal latch or lock mechanism or space for one. I'd like to replace the current "handle" (a bolt with nuts). Are there handles designed for a ...
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Loose fitting door lock in security strike pocket

It's actually for an office door with a self closing mechanism and an electronic security strike. The lock fits loosely in the security strike when latched. I had put felt pads on the door frame to ...
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New front door handle/deadbolt installation

New front door handle/deadbolt installation will not lock from inside house using knob will lock from outside using key but key will not come out until key is turned back into unlock position
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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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Create new patio door in basement by cutting concrete

My basement has about 2.5 ft of concrete along the wall. The reason is that the outside is a slope/hill and that 2.5" depth is just dirt. I like to install a patio door to my backyard 60x80 which is a ...
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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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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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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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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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I’ve had sliding patio doors in which won’t open

My sliding patio doors won’t open. I took off the door handle and locking lever is bent so took that out as well, the picture is what I can see now.
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Why doesn't my garage door opener close the door?

I am currently having an issue where my garage door remote does not work when attempting to close the door. I have done a fair bit of research which suggested the light bulb next to the motor/antennae ...
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Closet door minimums

Is there a code for the minimum width of a closet door? I've always assumed it was 24 inches. Or is it determined by the square footage of the closet?
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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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Can't remove Schlage knob

I live in a 60 year old house with several old Schlage door knobs as in this photo: There is a small hole in the collar and two smaller holes on each knob. Pushing small sharp objects in the hole in ...
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What's the proper height above a subfloor, for an exterior inswing door threshold? Carpet? Tile? Hardwood?

I need to build a custom door threshold for an in-swing exterior door where there's no exterior overhang or porch. At the moment there is only subfloor, no finish floor. How high above the subfloor ...
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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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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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Replaced Door Knobs, How to Fill Extra Space

I replaced some old door knobs with new ones. The doors are perfectly fine. The new plates that went into the door frame are not a perfect fit. There's gap on one side of it that goes down into the ...
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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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Is it possible to replace the lock on this door that has been painted on?

I have a very old door with a very old lock, pictured here: It doesn't close because the previous owner stuck some wood in the latch, and there doesn't seem to be any place for the lock. I'd like to ...
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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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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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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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Home Front Door loud popping noise

My front door is on the side of the house that gets tremendous amounts of sunlight in the afternoon. I am in NJ where seasonal temperatures vary. Lately, any time there is sun, in the afternoons the ...
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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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How to flatten 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 paint it, ...
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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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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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Should a concrete curb at a patio door be built on top of or inset into the slab?

This is going to be hard to explain, so please bear with me. I am shrinking down an old 8' sliding glass door Rough opening from what appears to have been an old garage door originally. The header ...
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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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How do I hang a new wooden gate so that it automatically stays closed when it is shut but also stays open at its maximum open span?

I am building and hanging a new wooden double gate. How do I construct and/or balance the gate so that when I open it completely, which is at 90 degrees, it will stay open but also when I close it, ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...