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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 to deter children from opening an internal door

I have extensive work being done in one of the rooms in the house. For their own safety, I would like to keep curious 3-to-6-year-olds out of that room. The door to the room has no lock, and opens ...
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Wood glue to reinforce screw holes in an oak frame?

This is for load-bearing bronze screws in an oak frame, carrying a heavy oak door. Four of the screws were removed momentarily for maintenance work. Two of the screw holes may have been stripped ...
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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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What are the requirements for fire doors in homes?

A family member is having some major remodeling planned on an end-terraced house. The builder's plans apparently are calling for fire doors on essentially every interior doorway - bathrooms, bedrooms, ...
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Is it necessary to replace a jamb when replacing a door?

I have a standard 36" steel exterior door that rusted through along the bottom . It was new construction 23 years ago. The jamb looks good ; can I just put in the door only ? The brick -mold on one ...
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What type of replacement door threshold do I need for a garage service door?

I'm interested in replacing my old and cracked garage door threshold, but the method it uses to attach is to slide under the already existing plate. I can't seem to find any existing thresholds that ...
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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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Door lock for doors with borders

The door has a border which is about 1.5cm raised from the door. The door has a barrel slide lock however because of the raised border there is no place to put the latch. This is why I initially just ...
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Adjustment of Door closer screws for holding door in fully open position

Door closer in attached/linked photo controls both opening and closing of door but My door closer is not allowing/holding(stand still) the door in fully open position since last week(it was actually ...
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How can I confirm that an exterior door is hollow core or solid core? And prove it to a skeptical father?

My elderly father doesn't trust that his daughters know anything about home repair or maintenance. I keep pointing out that I've bought and sold 2 houses in the past 15 years, so I know something ...
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My front door frame doesn't support installing a storm door

Please see attached picture. Notice that there isn't any brick molding at the top of the door frame and the jam is not deep enough space to mount a door closer on. What are my options ? are there jamb ...
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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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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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How can I have door latch hardware at different heights on each side?

Has anybody ever figured out a way to have a door handle at a different height inside and outside of a door and work the same latch. I have a door coming down steps I would like to have the handle ...
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Door bore hole too large for new door knob kits

I've bought replacement door knobs that look like they need a small 1" bore, and screw directly onto the wood. Unfortunately my door has the larger 2" bores and the door knobs screw into each other. ...
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Garage door opens and slides down a bit

My garage door (Geniepro screwdrive model 1/2 H.P. Model CM 8600-XL/M) opens completely but slides back down a few inches only (and stops). It closes without any issue. As a result, when it opens, we ...
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How much can you slice off an MDF door?

I have a non-standard opening where I need to install an interior door, and want to avoid having a custom door made. The closest off-the-shelf door that I can find at my box store would need about 1 ...
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Dog door in a glass french door?

We'd like to put in a doggie door (22" high) into or back patio door so our dog can go out to the fenced in patio when she wants to. The door is a French door like this one, the door on the right ...
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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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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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What am I missing/How do I rehang my closet's bi-fold doors?

The last owner did a lot of home projects, and I've determined that they did a terrible job on just about everything. So keep that in mind here, and I won't be surprised if the answer is "redo ...
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How to install a screen door?

I have been thinking of adding a screen door to an existing sliding glass door on my balcony. I measured my door frame and purchased a screen door, now I am not sure how to install it. Can I ...
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What type of switch do I need to plug into a gosund outlet to open and close a garage door?

I have a Gosund switch that plugs into an outlet. I’d like to plug it into the outlet near my garage door opener and open and close the garage door. What type of switch can I plug into the gosund ...
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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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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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What are pros and cons of magnetic and mechanical door latch?

There such small latches that can be screwed up to cabinets wall and door. There two types: magnetic ones and mechanical (with a spring). Like this (magnetic): And this: Magnetic ones seem to be ...
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installing sliding shower door when width is larger than tub

I'm looking into sliding shower doors and all the doors I see assume that you are installing to space which is the width of the tub. In my case, the end of my tub has a little shelf extending beyond ...
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What is a heavy, dense wood for a soundproof door assembly I am putting together?

I am going to attempt to create my own door assembly (frame, door, etc) for my soundproofing project and am looking for very dense, heavy wood. The first wood that comes to mind is oak, but I suspect ...
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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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Garage door won't close

My garage door has randomly decided to not close. The door will close a few inches to a few feet before reversing. It may take 2 attempts of 10 until it will fully close. I have checked: Sensors are ...
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magnetic OR retractable screen for outswing deck door

I'm looking for a screen solution for an out-swing deck door. I'm interested in a magnetic type screen which seems like less of a contraption, but I'd consider a retractable that rolls into a canister....
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Prevent deadbolt from turning?

I am a renter, so I cannot change the locks or drill an additional deadbolt. I came across August Smart Lock today (https://www.amazon.com/August-Smart-Lock-Pro-generation/dp/B0765LFNM7), which sits ...
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How can I shade my garage door opener keypad?

My genie garage door opener keypad bakes in the afternoon sun, fades, blisters and delaminates. Any visually acceptable ideas on a fix? Genie does not offer a weather or sunshield for the KEP-1 ...
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Can you paint frosted glass with mirrored paint?

I need a full length mirror in my dressing room! My closet doors are frosted can I paint over them with mirror paint?
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How do I seal the bottom of this door to be waterproof?

I'm going to be replacing this front door with a new prehung exterior steel frame door (pic available upon request). This door leads to a concrete porch and water tends to flow towards the door. The ...
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Front Door sidelite

i need to replace my front door sidelite glass ( it is shattered)... It a designer/ privacy type glass with brass caming... The problem i am having is identifying the manufacture of the door ( its a ...
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How do I drill a 2⅛ inch door knob hole over an existing 1½ inch hole?

I need to replace the door knob for this interior door: The door knobs I've found at the stores require a 2⅛ inch hole. Mine is only 1½: Did door knobs used to be smaller? Is there some place I ...
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Interior Door Stopped Latching

As the title suggests, an interior door has suddenly stopped latching as it should. Previously, the door would close just fine, though perhaps you had to apply more pressure than most doors, it would ...
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Remote Garage Door Opener

I live in a condo, we have a shared garage but our own automatic garage door openers. My garage door opens and closes with the button inside the garage hard wired on the wall. But, my remote opener ...
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Door Jamb Rotted Where Latch Goes

I just installed a lock in my door and when attempting to install the latch I found that the wood was splintering and not stable, so I cut it out. My problem is similar to this one. What can be ...
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Can I remove the doors before installing a sliding patio doors frame?

Due to bad timing I won't have anybody to help me with this other than my wife. In order to make it easier I would like to remove the doors before putting the frame in position, then put back either ...
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How can I attach a kick down door stop to a hollow metal door?

I have a hollow-core metal door out to my car port, and it gets a lot of traffic. I'd like to add a kick-down door stop to the door. I think one option is to drill pilot holes and use self-tapping ...
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Replace door knob with lever handle on rim latch door

I have 1950s solid wood internal doors with rim latches. I want to replace the door knobs with lever handles. The doors are 33mm thick, with narrow (95mm) rails, and have rim latches. I've been ...
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What do I need to do to fix my door hinge?

The door to my basement broke. The bottom hinge has three screws; the top and bottom one turn endlessly. You can see the pictures here. I understand that there's a matchstick/toothpick trick, where ...
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Switching door hinges to other side

I'd like to reposition my door/hinges so it opens from the other side (and swings in the opposite direction). Is it just a matter of installing hinges on the opposite side of the door frame and re-...
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How can double swinging closet doors be installed?

I have a coat closet that long ago had double sliding doors and now has no doors at all. I would like it to have double swinging doors, like french doors but without glass. I found a couple of ...
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Antique Schlage Door Knob - Can't reassemble

From an old Schlage outside/inside door knob (I think it dates back to the 1950's). I can't find where the retaining clip goes. The front of the door is a handle with an old-fashioned lever
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Weather sealing door in apartment

I've got two 1-3/8" thick doors that lead into a small room that contains the water heater/central heater for my apartment. This small room also has vents that open to the outside, so the room gets ...
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Should I install exterior door of mudroom before or after tiling?

I have a doorway leading from my newly added mudroom to the new garage. The doorway currently does not have a door in place yet. I have the door already (it is in the old doorway from the kitchen to ...
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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. ...