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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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Door very stiff, how to fix?

My home's door has been replaced with a heavier fire door, however it's super stiff now and requires a lot of strength to open. I think the door itself is quite heavy, but I also think that the '...
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What's the name of the “tongue” of a mortise lock?

A mortise lock has one or two "tongues" that enter into the frame of the door to keep the door closed, one that is pushed by a spring and moved using the handle, and the other is moved by the key. ...
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What's the name of a mortise lock that uses no key?

I need to buy a door lock that uses handles and that requires a pocket—the mortise—to be cut into the door. Something like this one or like this one. But one that uses no key nor any other locking ...
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schlage deadbolt key just spins back and forth

I have a deadbolt where you sometimes can't open it, the key turns a quarter turn but doesn't seem to "move the deadbolt" as it were. Or sometimes the key can't even turn at all. It doesn't "spin ...
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Door Replacement: Pre-Hung doors vs Slab doors

A building needs to have its doors replaced: when does it make sense to replace with a slab and when does it make sense to replace with a pre-hung door? The doors need to be replaced because they are ...
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What's the widest two-by size for a door frame I can use without warping becoming an issue?

In order to be able to connect the outside (brick/masonry) and inside (lumber framing) structural elements, I need to use 2x10, anything shallower won't do. However, I'm reluctant to use lumber that ...
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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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Alarms on Doors that have Access to a Pool

I am finishing up renovating my pool and I changed the configuration of the barrier fence I previously had. I now use my house itself as the 4th side to keep the pool deck open (since our kids are ...
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How to remove Schlage knob / handle

For the life of me, I can't figure out how to remove the door knob/handle pictured below. I've poked in just about every hole I can find to look for a release mechanism on both the handle and knob ...
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How to remove door hinge cap?

I have a door that swings open, I’ve watched a few videos about removing the pin and bending it to stop the swing. Unfortunately none of the videos I’ve watched have a hinge like mine, in the photo ...
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Are these structural issues or just common settling cracks? Older home built in 1972

See pics above. Small but just want to make sure these are normal.
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Header question for newly created exterior basement door

I have an 1888 Victorian. I have hired a contractor to create an egress exterior door going into my basement. Originally the door to access the basement was on ground level but we needed to dig down ...
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Reattach quarter-round molding under front door

The quarter-round molding under my front door came off recently when I opened the door. The molding was attached to the doorsill with two different kinds of adhesive. Apparently the rubber weather ...
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Door knob installation direction

I bought this new set of door knob and strangely the screws are positioned vertically like below photo. Also the lock in vertical is unlock. Is that right? UPDATE 1 It is this model that I bought ...
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Barrel/“Paris” hinge pivot orientation

I've seen some doors in Europe with mixed barrel hinge (Fr. "paumelle de Paris") orientation. Unusually these have the pivot pointing up, but occasionally I've seen a door with one of hinges mounted ...
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Fitting newer metal exterior door to older (50's) door frame

The new door fits in the frame but #1 is very tight side to side and figure if I could shave 1/8" off the latch side it would be enough to open and close properly and #2 the metal door is thicker by ...
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What type of door can I install in a wide cased opening without damaging the flooring?

We rent a house and we’d like to install doors in the 50” open doorframe between the master bedroom and the sunroom. We thought of French Doors, but the owner doesn’t want us to drill in the wood ...
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Craftsman 3/4 hp garage door won’t go down.

I have a craftsman 3/4 hp garage door that will not go down, sometimes it goes down about 2 inches then back up and flashes 10 times. It will go all the way down if I hold the wall button until it ...
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Do the doors on my utility closet need to be vented steel?

Our home is on a slab foundation, our furnace and hot water tank are in a closet. Currently we have vented steel bi-folding doors, I'm looking to replace the doors. Do they need to be steel and vented?...
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Which router bit should I use to recess a door hinge using a template

I've just made my 1st template and used it to rout out a set of hinges . I was very surprised to learn that the usual approach was to use a guide bush and a straight 2 fluted bit. This involved ...
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what's the easiest way to fix this door?

This is just a basic North American door, hollow core. It got damaged and I'd like to fix it so I don't get dinged on the rental deposit. What I was planning to do was: measure door take a color ...
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What is the point of this doorway “header”, and can I simply remove it?

We're remodeling a room with a severely undersized doorway - it is much shorter than the standard 6'8", so much so that I hit my head on the jamb if I don't duck when walking through it. After ...
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replacing door leading into sunroom

We want to replace the sliding door that leads from our family room to our sunroom with French double doors. Can we replace it with indoor doors? Or do we need outdoor doors? The sun room has other ...
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Adding permanent bolt holes in a sliding door

I need to cover 3 large windows in a sliding door every winter. I want to be able to use the same mounting holes every year. The outside of the door seems to be aluminium with wood between. Tee nuts ...
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What's the proper way to attach an exterior door threshold?

I'm adding a hardwood threshold to bridge the gap between interior hardwood flooring and an exterior threshold leading out to our flat roof deck. My question(s): I've got the piece fitted and plan on ...
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How to find “doorskin”? [closed]

Regarding this question: What exactly is doorskin? Mine is not a duplicate because the one above does not fully answer my question, exactly how can I find this product or something similar? I'm ...
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Doorknob sticks if door closes hard

I'm having trouble with the doorknob on the door that goes from inside my house to the attached garage. I installed a new doorknob (Kwikset brand, exterior) a while ago. It works perfectly if the ...
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How to modify door lock, so it doesn't automatically locks?

I live in Germany, where all doors I saw are automatically locked when closed. So, when one closes the front door, one also needs the key to open it. So, what do I need to do to prevent the front ...
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Security door with lock guard

I live in a city, and the back door of our condo has a regular wood and glass door that swings inward and a iron security door that swings outward. The security door currently has a deadbolt which un/...
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Should I purchase two lock cylinders to create a double-sided lock?

I have a deadbolt that I would like to replace. On each side of the door it looks like: Does one buy two of these for a door or is this another product?
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Should this elevated door have trim/casing at the bottom?

This door separates a sunken rec room from a den. It has always struck me as odd that there is trim/casing along the bottom. Is there a better way of handling the trim around the sides, but with no ...
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Door handedness

I have read contradictory explanations on determining door handedness so need a little help. If with the exterior door open I stand with my back against the hinges and the door knob is closest to my ...
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Painting exterior door, what paint to use?

I'm refinishing my grandmothers front door. It is metal (I'm sure) with a coat of factory primer (I think). I stripped off the previous paint with a few applications of Citristrip. The primer ...
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What paint for exterior door that bubbled

I had a urethaned fir, front door that last year I sanded down past the veneer due to weather damage. Now I was stuck using paint. After completely sanding down to bare wood, I used acrylic ext primer,...
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How does a garage door wall button differentiate between a door open button, and a light button?

How does the wall button know, if there’s only two wires (+ and -), what’s a door open button press, and a light on press? Is it a voltage transmission difference?
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My front door lock is too loose

I sprayed WD-40 in ny keyhole to stop my key from getting stuck inside. Now my knob is so loose that I don't even need a key to open the front door. I just twist my knob 2 or 3 times and the door ...
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Please help! Exterior Sliding Door Leak on Interior Slab - No visible threshold - 1980 construction

I have a townhouse built on a concrete slab. Laminate flooring was installed 5 years ago, and has buckled severely at the patio door. I suspected water intrusion, cut back the laminate, and saw: The ...
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How to repair a lose door handle?

I can almost pull out my door handle. There is a loose ring as well. And since a picture is worth a thousand words: More details: There are four screws on the inside of the door, they are all ...
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Painting a unfinished solid wood exterior door

What is the recommended (assuming there is one) way to paint a new unfinished solid wood front door and jamb - What type of paint should I use, what type of brush, how should I prep, and how many ...
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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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Latch won't retract into my door unless I turn the knob

Starting about a week ago, the latch on my back door knob won't retract into the doorknob unless I turn the doorknob. This means to close my door properly I have to unlock the doorknob, turn it, close ...
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My door was locked but the handle came off, uses non-traditional unlock

Sorry i'm in a bit of a pickle here. So this particular lock style uses plastic with metal on the inside. As far as I could see there was no traditional latch mechanism to trigger to open the latch ...
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How can I use a standard prehung interior door on 2x6 studs?

We framed in a bathroom in our metal barn. To allow plenty of room for installation and for added strength we used 2x6s. Is it possible to adjust a standard prehing door to fit?
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Magnetic lock does not lock

We have a magnetic lock on the front door of our apartment building. From time to time it stops working - it just doesn't lock the door. It seems as it doesn't have power or is somehow turned off ...
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What interior door will fit a rough opening of 47-3/4"?

When we bought our house it had an opening as shown in the picture below. There is white wood trim on top of the rough framing. The trim is nailed to hide the 2x4 stud that forms the frame of the ...
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Fire escape or narrow stair solution for exterior door

I have an exterior door that looks like this: The vertical distance from the asphalt to the bottom of the door is three feet. I'd like to remove those steps (because they are blocking my driveway) ...
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Are louvered bedroom doors allowed by code?

I'd like to build new rail and stile type interior bedroom doors with slats installed in the panel openings. This would be for improved air flow. This story on ABC ("Closing your bedroom door at night ...
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Covering a 30-in x 7ft space that's suited for a door?

We have a bedroom with 30-inch x 7-ft opening that takes me to a bathroom and a closet. This opening is ideal for a door, but it's solid concrete and very difficult to drill. So I was thinking of ...
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Indiana code for bathroom door size

I tried looking for Indiana building code regarding bathroom door sizes. I seem to be getting contradictory measurements from my searches. Some say 28” width is fine, others say 32” required, 34 ...
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How to install screen door on outside?

I'd like to install a screen door for accessing my deck. Currently I have French doors with one that is stationary and one that opens to the inside. Looking at the existing setup, it appears that ...