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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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Drilling hole for latch bolt with regular tools?

I need to drill the hole where the door latch will go, but I don't have a specialized tool for this. I only have a few spade bits (plus some regular bits), but they're all smaller than the latch. ...
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How do I seal my bedroom door for soundproofing/reduction?

I have a hollow bedroom door in my apartment. I can’t make any modifications to the door that are permanent—nor can I replace it. Anyone outside the room can hear an interior conversation with ...
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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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Repairing holes in an interior door [duplicate]

Well, um, uh, long story short, I have holes in one of my interior doors. Full picture of door here: https://i.imgur.com/SUBbWY3.jpg What is the best way to go about repairing it? Should I go about ...
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What window insulation can I use for thin gaps?

I'm helping someone who moved into an older rental house with very old windows. The house is great but as shown in the pictures, some of the windows have significant gaps, so of course air (and even ...
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How to insulate under a front door

100 year old brick house with a new front door. Thee door is awesome at stoppiing the cold, but there is a space under the door where cold still comes in. I originally put some fiberglass pink ...
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How can I reattach a kitchen cabinet door hinge with plastic dowels?

I was hoping that maybe someone could give me some recommendations what to do with my kitchen cupboard door. It came off after a washing machine next to it started "walking" during the spinning cycle ...
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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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Gap on top and side of entry door

I know this has been asked by several folks on the forum, but I wanted to ask specific to my situation. We live in a new construction home in Central NJ, just moved in this past September. When we ...
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How to support a load bearing wall when no temporary wall can be constructed?

I am replacing a 4 ft doorway in a load bearing wall with a 4 ft pocket door, which necessitates replacing the header in the wall with an 8 ft header (4 ft of door + 2x 2 ft of door pocket). The wall ...
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How to remove this broken latch and handles?

I am trying to remove this door handle and latch, but I cannot figure out how to. I have removed all the screws, and I think the thing still holding it in place is the lock. The lock appears to have ...
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My tv screen goes black and back on when i open the door

I moved into a house and i noticed that whenever anyone opens the outside door my tv screen goes black and back on couple times. I have laptop connected to tv. Nothing else is affected but the tv. ...
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Have kwikset deadbolt with interior knob with setscrew is not coming off after setscrew has been removed why?

Kwikset deadbolt interior knob with set screw removed yet knob will not come off, what else can I do to remove the knob?
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Raising interior prehung door before installation?

I am getting ready to install standard height interior prehung doors. I will have carpet installed afterwards and would like to set the doors at a good "standard" height to prevent having 1.) a big ...
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Prevent water to accumulate in the frame gap

I recently replaced my garden door, and the new one has an outer frame. The problem is that when it rains some water is held in the gap between the door and the frame, resulting in a "shower" when ...
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Why is my solid oak entry door cracking?

We just bought a custom oak front door in June. It’s December of the same year and it’s cracking. I used tung oil to seal it. Applied 3 coats in June and again in October. Everything I’ve read about ...
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Outward opening bedroom door without a lock

I rent a room in a private home and cannot change the doorknob, but I would like to be able to secure my room from others staying in the home. Is there a way to secure an outward opening interior door ...
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What are these fasteners on this hinge?

Just moved into a new apartment and one of the doors is mounted with these fasteners I’ve never seen. I’d like to take this door out, but I’m struggling to figure out how to remove these without ...
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previous owner painted over door latches, preventing doors from closing - how to proceed?

This door (pictured below) used to work just fine, but my superstitious mother, may she rest in peace, painted over it to prevent it from closing. Now it is sealed open. Since it is the door to the ...
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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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Bypassing the door sensor of a dish washer

My dishwasher refuses to start. At first this was intermittent, now it is a permanent fault. The dishwasher thinks the door is open, but it is not. Machine in question: DCS DD24DUT7 88645-A I'm ...
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Door weatherstripping: is this slot a kerf or something else?

I recently moved to a new place, and the front door is a little drafty in parts. It looks like the previous owner put white EPDM rubber foam tape over a hard but flexible vinyl strip that was inserted ...
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Replacing 84“ entry door with 80” door

I have 2 entry doors I need to replace, sized 32"x84" and 36"x84". Each door also has a storm door, also 84" in height so I either have to get custom doors or replace the storm doors with standard ...
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Replace a 36" door with a Five ft slider on a two story load bearing out side wall

What should the header size be? I was thinking two 2x12. One king and two jack studs on each side? Do I need to build a temp support while installing the new header?
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How to fix a (bathroom) door that keeps swinging closed?

What is the best way of fixing a door that keeps swinging closed? My bathroom door won't stay in the "full open position", which is becoming more than an annoyance. The problem became worse ...
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Can I convert a knob to deadbolt - in a steel door?

I have a fantastic commercial grade steel door. It has a regular knob (a very good one) and 2-3/4" spacing. Folks would rather have a deadbolt there instead of the knob. The door swings in. ...
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Extending door jamb

I recently put a new door into my existing front interior door opening, but it used a standard jamb size. The existing doorway was much wider, as the original owner kept the original wood siding on, ...
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Painting aluminum garage door

I need to repaint my aluminum garage door but want to use the right paint / process to do it. Will an oil based paint like rustoleum work? Is there a special primer that I need to get this done the ...
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How do I protect the painted finish on my fiberglass door?

I just purchased a new fiberglass front door. It's a beautiful door, factory painted, but less than 24 hours later, we're noticing that the paint can easily be scratched off, and the rain splashing ...
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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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bi folding pantry door to frosted single door?

I have a brand new home, and in the kitchen is a bi folding door on a track for pantry. I am looking to convert it to one of those frosted doors. Can I just put this on hinges to the wall? Or do i ...
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Can keep my header when widening a doorway?

I'm replacing my 60"x 95" exterior french doors with a new set measuring 72" x 95" instead. My entrance is partially underneath a single gable front porch which has a small trussed attic above. I ...
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Adjusting deadlatch so it doesn't fall into strike pocket

Our front door's deadlatch falls into the strike pocket when pulled close -- if gently closed, it's ok. So it just needs a minor adjustment. If you look at the latch, you can see where it has been ...
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How to install hinges after cutting custom door past wooden edges and composite exposed?

I had to cut a standard door (30x80) down to a custom size to fit into a custom opening for a renovation project. On the hinge side, I had to remove enough material that I am now past the solid ...
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Entrance door warped when it’s warm outside

The entrance door to my apartment warps when temperatures rise. When outside temperatures are below 15–20°C, this effect is hardly noticeable, but in summer (I would say above 25°C) there is a ...
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Why (if at all) is finish paint necessary on interior wood surfaces?

I have a couple of doors that stick in an old home. They stick even worse when occupants hang coat racks or mirrors over the door. The doors, like the home, are old and have plenty of character, i.e. ...
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How to open a door that has the insides of a door handle inside without a door knob

Currently this is what my doorknob looks like below I was trying to change out my doorknob and left both sides inside of the room but the AC kicked on and shut the door on me and now I am stuck ...
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Ideas for Door Opening that is 1 foot above adjoining room

I am renovating and add-on room at my house. The room is a converted outdoor patio which has concrete slab for flooring. In order to add a bathroom (toilet & drop-in shower combo), the decision ...
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Are there any special tools, materials or techniques required for building a staircase door?

I have recently moved to a house that has a converted attic. It isn't a huge space but would make a reasonable den or man-cave were it not for the fact that the staircase cuts the room almost in half ...
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Air comming in from door side

I'll try to be the more specific possible but please consider I usually talk French. I'm not the owner of the place I live, I'm renting it. So something like changing a door is not something I ...
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Tightening a shower handle with no visible screws

We have a loose shower handle shown in the picture. There's a handle on either side of the glass door and we can see a threaded (3/16"?) rod inside. (The threaded part does not show on the picture.) ...
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How to restore hollow metal door?

I have a dumb waiter in my apartment with a metal door approximately 2ft x 1.5ft, 1" thick but hollow, it appears to be made of 1/16" steel. The door is sligtly beat up, minor dents but nothing major. ...
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Kitchen Cabinet “Cracks” when opened

A cabinet door in my kitchen makes a loud annoying "cracking" noise when I open and close it and I'm curious if this is something that I can fix simply by adjusting the adjustment screws or if there ...
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How do I figure out my door latch and strike plate alignment

I have two interior doors where the latch doesn't catch anymore. I see the contact points and the wear lines on the strike plate but for the life of me I cannot figure out if the misalignment is ...
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Can I repair this dent on a finished surface?

I have a closet door that has a finished surface (melamine panel?). Unfortunately, I dented it with the bed and now there's a giant dent and some break in the wood. Is there a way to fix this or is ...
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How to safely block French doors to nowhere

I am going to tear down an existing deck (which is rotting out) and want to block off usage of existing French doors that currently lead to the deck. I’ll attach photos below. I am going to build a ...
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How easy is it to expand a door's rough opening?

My handyman said that my door's rough opening is 30x80. The problem is that none of the doors that I want are in this size. How hard is it to expand a door's rough opening to ... say ... 32x80 or ...
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Can I install a switch on my overhead door opener's circuit for added security?

Garage doors in our neighborhood are being opened by a master code. Can an electrician wire the light switch to shut off power to the garage, so the door doesn't open at night or when we are away? I ...
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Prehung Door Question

Rookie door hanger here. I'm trying to hang a prehung door in my opening. It's a standard 2x4 framing, the door is a standard 2x4 prehung door here: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Masonite-Classics-6-...
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Securing slate decoration to a door

I have a decorative piece of slate that I'd like to stick on my front door with a piece of chalk for neighbors to leave a note when I'm not around. I'd rather not cause a lot of damage to the door, ...