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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 stop a barn door from twisting a 2x8 header

I have two barn doors covering an 18' foot opening. The opening has wooden 4x4 at each end, and one in the middle. There are two spans of 2x8, 9' long as a header at the top of the 4x4s. After ...
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This cinderblock outbuilding's windows and doors were covered by metal siding. How can I turn them back into windows and doors? [closed]

There's an old cinderblock outbuilding on the property I'm under contract for, probably built in the 1960s. It had many doors and Windows, but most of them were covered when the previous owner of the ...
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What's a hinge called for a two-door corner cabinet?

I have kitchen cabinet in the corner where it has a revolving holder inside, which can spin so that it will use the space deep inside as well. The door for it has 2 panels. There are 2 hinges ...
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How do I lubricate a sticky knob on an interior door?

Problem I have a door knob that does not turn as smoothly as it should. I could replace it, but I'd rather try to repair it first. The door knob in question is a basic interior door knob. There is no ...
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Fill the gap between door plate and slab

Thank you for reading my question. I replaced our front door awhile back and everything went ok. It's a 36" exterior door with one side light, prehung. After the door was in, leveled and screwed ...
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Paint adherence on fiberglass door. Does it need time to 'cure'? Can I top-coat it?

We bought this door: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Feather-River-Doors-6-Lite-Clear-Craftsman-Unfinished-Smooth-Fiberglass-Prehung-Front-Door-GK3191/204487447?N=5yc1vZas82Z7cm I've primed it using ...
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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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Can I use epoxy resin to fix a metal hook to a uPVC door, to stop it blowing in the wind?

I have a uPVC back door which often blows in the wind. I want to fix a hook and eye similar to this to the exterior surface so I can leave it open and clip it to the wall. Will epoxy resin such as ...
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Should I sand my frame or buy a custom storm door for an opening that's 1/8" too short?

I'd like a full view storm door in front of my front door. The left side of the opening is 80" and the right seems to be about 79 7/8". The frame is some kind of wood. I'm a complete novice, ...
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Gluing fusama paper

I have imported fusama panels consisting of paper laminated to silk with a design printed on the silk. I tried gluing them to the doors and although we had it perfectly smooth as it cured the silk ...
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How do I fix a door frame that my dog chewed?

My dog chewed the bottom part of the doorframe to my bedroom. I live in a rented apartment, so this is not OK. Is there any way to fix it and make it look somewhat presentable (doesn't have to be ...
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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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Can I cut into a header to install a taller exterior door?

I have a double wide mobile home with existing slider and replacing it with french doors. The size is going from 71 1/2 x 76 to 71 1/2 x 80. I don't believe that there are cripple studs above the ...
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Screen door frame bulging

Recently noticed our screen door wouldn't shut on its own. If we don't pull it shut behind us it sits open a bit. I checked to see what the door is "catching" on and it appears to be this ...
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Fixing small broken area at lock plate of interior door jamb

My bathroom door has a minor issue at the lock plate of the door jamb. The main issue was that the screw area got forced in and I screwed in a nearby area that eventually broke. I dont want to change ...
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Prepping sill for new granite steps

I am having granite steps installed. The platform will be 7" from the threshold but currently there is a 10" board sill/kickplate (white) with OSB behind it. I think the proper way is to ...
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How do I use DAP plastic wood filler safely?

I'm trying to install a storm door on an outdoor patio in my house. There are a number of holes in the wood from previous screen door installations I think: I want to make sure the wood will hold ...
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What are the pros/cons of installing floors before doors?

I've heard contractors say to install doors first then flooring, and others suggest the opposite. I'm installing new 3/4" prefinished flooring and new doors/closets (prehung wood/ primed white). What ...
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What size prehung door to buy

I have to replace two, interior doors in my old house, which was built in 1973. The existing doors are 29-1/2 inches wide and their door frames are soft MDF that falls apart when I drive a screw ...
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What kind of rivet is this on an Andersen storm door?

I need to move a hinge on an Andersen storm door and noticed that they had rivets - what kind of rivet is this? They say the size is 3/16 X 9/32. Is it a pop rivet or a blind rivet? I don't know ...
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At what height should a door knob be?

I'm installing a few new doors, and bought slab doors to save some money. I have a jig for boring the door knob holes, but I'm not sure where on the door to put the hole. Is there a standard height ...
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Required to put roof or door overhang on a sliding door?

I have no experience in architecture or house building. I am currently brainstorming a house design and I am thinking of putting a sliding door as one of the entrance to the house aside from the main ...
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Securing a basement suite with door to main floor

I live in a basement suite and the door to the main floor has a lock on the landlords side. Is there a simple way to secure it from my side?
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Help identifying a walkout door threshold and repair options

The walkout door in my basement has a cracked threshold. I searched again and again on multiple online sites, Home Depot, and Lowes trying to find a make & model similar to mine, but couldn't find ...
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how can I clean my linseed treated wooden doors?

My beautiful Knotty Alder patio doors appear that dirt or mold has penetrated the linseed oil we applied to them before hanging them. How can I clean the doors? What should I use to clean them?
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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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Is it possible to use the same key when replacing a door knob?

The lock mechanism broke in my exterior door knob. I am probably going to have to buy a new one. Can i buy a new door knob and program it to use my existing key so I don't have to get new keys?
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Sliding bathroom barn door covering cadet heater

This was a design decision I made a month ago and now after things putting together, I have a "duh" moment. This is my bathroom door which will have a barn door sliding to the left: Note that there ...
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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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How can I open a door with the knob removed?

My door automatically locks when you close the door. I of course forgot about it and closed my door as I left now we can't get it open. Please help I'm not sure what to do.
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How can I keep a door closed without a damper?

Got a door which does not have the spring lock which locks the door when you close it. Leave the door closed, and it'll soon be wide open even with a little gust of wind. Currently we're wedging a ...
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Minimum unfinished basement door height

I have a 1927 house that is built on a hill such that the basement walks out level with side yard and the sub-basement originally had a door that walked out the back yard with two steps down to ground ...
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Is it okay to use construction adhesive to install an interior door on concrete wall?

I have a 1B1B apartment, for which I want to install an interior door at the entrance of the living room and convert it into a separate room. Please see the picture below for reference. The wall is ...
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European DIN Specification bathroom lock standard door preperation, has a 60mm offset

I'm not able to find the standard door preparation for a European specification DIN bathroom latch. The kind with a 60mm offset. This one specifically, https://www.gjohns.co.uk/din-style-bathroom-...
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How wide should the framed opening be to accommodate double shed doors?

I'm building a shed/barn with a 6ft doorway for two 3ft doors. If I assume the doors will be exactly 3 ft each, do I need to add extra space in the framed opening to allow them to swing easily, and ...
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Sealing a closet door that has a gas fired water heater in it

Does anyone know how to make a self sealing door? There's a bedroom in my basement, and it has a door in there that allows you access into the HVAC room (which can be entered from another door in ...
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Was my exterior door installed backwards

We moved into a house recently and have discovered some less than good work that was done on the home. I am assuming this was done incorrectly as well but am not an expert and am looking for some ...
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Can't Reset Craftsman Garage Door Opener

I have an old Craftsman door opener That has been opening on it's own and have looked at all the possible causes and no fixes seem to work. I removed wires from the wall mounted opener so it isn't a ...
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How to find or make a 72" tall interior solid door

I'm trying to finish a large closet into a makeshift office. I'd like to add a door to the opening to the room. The opening is 32" wide by 73". I was looking for a 30x72" prehung door, but everything ...
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The rough openings for my doors are a just barely too small

I'm ordering some prehung doors to replacing the doors in my home. I tried to measure quite precisely and I found that several of my rough openings are a bit smaller than the sizes available. For ...
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How should I reattach my patio door weather strip?

I have a patio door and the weather strip appears to have come off. It's looks like it's designed to snap into place, but I can't figure out how to do it. Any ideas?! Here's the door with the groove ...
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Latching interior café door

In my 1924 house, I have a swing door between the kitchen and the dining room. We use the dining room to contain our dogs on rainy days when we don't want them in the rest of the house. The problem ...
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What to do when door air gap is too small for corner seal?

I live in central Texas hill country which many of you may know has its fair share of bugs and small critters. There's also a creek just outside my back yard which makes the area an especially ...
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Exterior door threshold is too narrow

I replaced an exterior door with a prehung Stanley door. I also bought and plan to install an Anderson glass storm door. Basically a direct replacement of the setup that was there before. The ...
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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 Width is Shorter than Jamb

I have exterior door installed and its 1/4 inch shorter in width than Jamb. when closed I can see straight 1/4" inch gap from top to bottom. Fortunately dead bolt works but latch bold is just hanging ...
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Summerhouse door hinge repair/replacement

My wife and I recently purchased a house that came with a summerhouse in the back garden. It's brilliant having it there, very useful and I have started working on the internals (installing a bar and ...
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What should I use to fill big gap around door frame?

A door was replaced (due to break in). The contractor insisted to go to a bigger size door. So we went from 32 to 36 inch (which is more widely available). Now I see a gap of near 1 inch between door ...
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How can I use door opening to open separate flap with levers?

I am searching for a mechanical solution for my gate with lever and counterweights. The space under my gate is too large when closed and my dogs can escape under. However the door opens up on an ...
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Entry way doors from garage and driveway

I have a patio that was converted into a family room by the previous owners. The only exterior door entry to this room is from the driveway. The only entrance to the garage is through the garage door ...

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