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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 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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Is it possible to replace Mortise Door Lock With Sash Lock with a thumbturn deadbolt?

As a novice, I was wondering how I should find the correct replacement for a mortise lock. I wish to change it to one with a thumbturn deadbolt. This is what it currently looks like and measures: ...
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Exterior Door Width is Shorter than Jamb

I have an exterior door with a large gap to the strike-side jamb. When closed I can see a 1/4" inch gap from top to bottom. Fortunately the dead bolt works but the latch bold is just hanging in ...
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Why can't mortise locks be installed upside down?

I purchased a mortise lock for a gate today and the person at the shop told me to make sure I install it right side up — lock on top and handle on bottom — and that a lot of customers install them ...
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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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Using a Dutchman to completely fill a mortise lock hole

I came across a This Old House video that demonstrates how to fill a mortise lock with a Dutchman. The video patches one side of the door. I want to patch both sides so I can drill it out and replace ...
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How to flatten warped louvered doors?

I reinstalled some louver doors which had been stored in the basement for a while. Its a double-door pair. Possibly because of the position in which they were stored, or perhaps humidity, they have ...
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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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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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Do hinge screws become more tight-fitting over time once installed?

I've noted newly installed hinge screws can be replaced more easily if replacement is within days after fitting. If left for weeks or more, they become considerably harder to remove due to friction. ...
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Can French doors (with center mullion) swing in opposite directions?

This might be a very elementary question, but I haven't been able to find any information about it. We are planning to replace a sliding glass door between our dining room and deck with French doors. ...
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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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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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What are these fibers embedded in the foam core of a steel exterior door?

I've been cutting down a steel door to fit a short old basement doorway and am currently cutting out the foam core at the bottom so that the interior bottom rail of the door can be replaced. The foam ...
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How to better seal and/or adjust a metal cellar door / bulkhead?

First of all, I am not exactly sure what the door is called. I have a metal outside door leading to steps into my basement. I have always just called it the basement/cellar door but it seems like ...
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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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Don't know where lever is to open top latch on steel cellar door

I recently took over my recently passed Grandmother's house and she has a furnace in the cellar. Of course, the furnace went out, so I need access to the cellar in order to fix it. I moved from out of ...
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How do I weatherstrip the bottom side of my sliding patio door?

The bottom side looks like in the picture below. THe second picture shows you the door and the corner that was zoomed in the first picture. The verticals have their weatherstrips in place. It is just ...
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How do I adjust this balcony door so that it doesn't let cold air in?

A PVC balcony door that separates the room from the outdoors (which is currently −20 Celsius) is about six feet tall and about two feet wide. It is attached with two hinges - the upper one and the ...
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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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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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Door seal rubber - how to bring it back to shape?

Wondering if anyone has got any ideas that doesn't involve taking the whole frame/door apart for the following issue... There's a set of 4 bifold garden doors, and when installing a clip on blind the ...
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What is a good temporary seal for 1-2 inch gap between window pane and door frame?

I am a lodger in a large old house. My landlady, who is in her 60s, asked me to draft proof the rear door in the kitchen. There is a large gap between the top of the panel of double glazing in the ...
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What is this conservatory door part called?

There is draft of cold air coming into the house from my conservatory door. I have noticed that there is a small plastic part that is broken and has left a hole at the bottom of the door. I don't know ...
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How do I block this gap in door frame gasket/ weather stripping?

I found a small gap at the bottom non-hinge corner of my exterior door's weather stripping/ gasket, and found that ants are getting in through it. The door is very new, I think less than a year old, ...
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Soundproofing cat door

We're getting a cat next week and we'd like to place the litter box in the cold room. There is just one catch: there is a super-loud dehumidifier running in that room and it would drive us crazy to ...
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How do I adjust this “hidden” door hinge?

How do I adjust this type of hidden door hinge so that the hinge part on the door itself gets closer to the hinge part on the door frame? I figure it's done using the two top and bottom hex screws on ...
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What is this type of lock called?

My bathroom lock is broken and I am looking to buy a replacement, but I don't know what its called. Here is a photo of the broken one and a working one from the toilet. Would anyone know the search ...
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Storm Door Installation

I am looking at installing a 36x80 Andersen 3000 storm door. When I started looking at my current front door, it looks like there is an extra trim piece overtop of the actual door frame. Because of ...
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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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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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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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Door hinge alignment impacting full closure

I'm having problems with a set of outdoor BBQ area doors I've installed into a frame installed in a brick space. Basically, I have an opening constructed with two short brick walls as a space below ...
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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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DIY Installing a sliding patio door -not sure about the clearance I need around the door

It seems that my existing vinyl patio door is near standard but not quite there Here are the dimensions: H 81" W 69 3/8" D 5 3/8" On the lateral sides I have room as follows -left side 1.5" (the ...
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Overhauling and painting upvc door handles

I wish to overhaul some of my exterior door handles in uPVC frames. Handle images What paint do I use to "touch up" the scratches and gouges in the white paintwork? How to I fix the loose handle ...
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Can I use a simple wood spacer for double glazed glass inserts in interior french door?

I am building a home office and and want to modestly sound insulate the office from the living room. I want to make a custom pair of french doors with two sets of double glazed glass (1/2" spaced ...
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Double glazed solid door rebate size

I have a large double glazing unit (1220mm x 610mm) that I would like to use in a new external door I'm making out of red grandis hard wood. I plan on rebating the glazing surround, leaving the "...
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New (2019) Chamberlain 3/4 HP belt drive door opener

I was wondering if I buy a second wall mount door control, identical to the one supplied, can it be wired in in parallel from a second location with a two wire circuit paralleled to the existing at ...
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Creative way to fix this bi-fold closet door top pivot hardware?

I've got some circa 1975 bi-fold closet doors with an oblong top slider that pops into the track when the bi-folds are all the way open, and then holds the door in the track once they are opened a bit:...
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How do I install this type of door-bottom weatherstrip?

I had a local shop (now closed since the owners retired) hang some door slabs for me and they included a weatherstrip with each door that looks like this: They left them off presumably because the ...
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How to frame up to basement exterior door

We have a basement exterior door flush with concrete foundation. The front of our bottom plate is about 9 inches away from foundation due to plumbing pipes. We do not want to move the door. We are ...
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Weatherproof stainable gap filler for rail to stile joint

I'm refinishing an entry door. There is a small gap between the bottom rail and the stile. (1/16" or less, I'd say.) I want to fill that gap to prevent water infiltration, but I'm concerned that, with ...
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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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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'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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Schalage deadbolt lock stuck

Is there anyway to open this lock? I tried a lot but it doesn't budge! Attaching some pics and a video of the lock. Appreciate your help
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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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Installing a deadbolt lock on a metal door & metal frame

I live in an apartment where the front door and its frame are both metal and hollow inside. I didn't have trouble installing a deadbolt lock with one of the doors because you could remove the strike ...
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damaged door frame

So I moved into my new apartment about a month and a half ago. I immediately noticed the back door deadbolt didn't work, but I thought nothing of it since there was an additional lock that did work. ...