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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 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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garage door handle disconnected from lock

My garage door is manual at the moment. I’ve had to lock it manually. Today, I realized I can’t lock it from the outside anymore. The handle connected to the lock moves freely and doesn’t move the ...
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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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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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What’s is the consequence of trimming too much of a wood door?

I’d like to have all matching doors downstairs in our house (link), but one of our door frames is shorter than all the others. The doors say the maximum you can trim off any given side is 5 mm, but I ...
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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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Difficulty closing front door

Hi I have a new home and the front door is difficult to close. They have run the doorbell wire along the inside of the upper frame (as seen in the pic) and the door rubs against it. I’m worried that ...
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Wood glue versus epoxy for doweling stripped screw holes

I've come across two schools of thought for gluing dowels in place. PVA wood glue, such as Titebond. Two-part epoxy, such as Araldite. Bearing in mind long-term stability, which is preferable for ...
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what to do if tile of shower is 58.5 at top and 57.5" at bottom for door?

I need to install a door but the tile is off by 1" from the top to the bottom? Is there an easy workaround for this? thanks, Dean
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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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Do shower doors for tiled openings have to fit the width exactly?

So I just measured my cement board to cement board width and before tiling it is 4'11". This is due to the pan instructions of putting the pan 'against' the frame. The pan is cast iron covered in ...
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How to fix doors not closing

I had a contractor come in and finish my basement. He done a decent job for the price but now a couple months later my doors wont shut. They worked perfectly fine before but now it seems the top ...
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Alternatives to wool pile weatherstripping for an aluminum frame door

The wool pile weatherstripping in my patio door frame is disintegrating. The bristles are just falling off on contact. Parts of of it (most likely a section that deteriorated early) had previously ...
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euro hinge installation too far

I decided to replace the hinges on my doors recently. Unfortunately, I drilled the holes in the door a bit too far from the edge and when I try to open the door it hits the frame. It seems to me I ...
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How does a ball bearing door hinge work?

I've been unable to find a clear explanation of the design principle behind a ball bearing door hinge. In the image below, the casing for a ball bearing assembly is highlighted. One description ...
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Framing an appliance opening in a load bearing wall?

I bought a fridge that is much too deep (first time buying a new house/new appliances) and unfortunately the appliance place does not take exchanges or returns. I am considering recessing the fridge ...
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What causes standard door hinges to close up to a certain amount automatically?

Hopefully a relatively easy one to answer. :) My bathroom door has a standard hinge attached, that requires the door to physically be closed - this matches the setup of the other doors in my house. ...
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Is there any study or calculation on how much money I save if I buy door/window X with a certain R value vs door/window Y with a different R value?

Is there any study or calculation on how much money I save if I buy door/window X with a certain R value vs door/windows Y with a different R value? I am afraid that this whole thing with better and ...
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Filling gap between outside door frame and solid brick wall

I’ve had a problem where an outside door swelled in hot and wet weather so that it did not quite fit in its frame, and repeated impact has knocked out a section of the pointing around the frame. I ...
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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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How to properly drill new holes in metal door for installing new door hinges?

I need to replace some old door hinges and the current hinges only have 2 of the 4 holes drilled. I am installing 4x4 self closing hinges and want to have all the screws installed. Problem is I did a ...
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How do I remove this door handle?

I'm attempting to remove this door handle with no success. I cannot figure out how to remove the plate on the front. It seems impossible to just pry it off. How can I remove this door handle? Also, ...
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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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Should I hang doors before or after drywall?

Should I hang doors before or after I hang drywall? What are the pros and cons of each choice?
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Difference between interior and exterior headers

This appears to be a great site for calculating header and beam requirements: http://learnframing.com/wood-beam-calculator/ But it distinguishes between interior and exterior beams -- and the results ...
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malfunction or burglar?

I everyone, I have a complicated situation so please bare with me for a minute. Years ago our garage door started to go up by its self. I was thinking about replacing the opener but when I looked ...
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How do I stop the rubber sweep on my front door from squeaking as it moves against the floor?

The main door into my house has rubber at the base of it and it has started to squeak against the wooden floor when opened. How do I fix this problem?
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Is there a term for this carriage door stay?

My 1929 garage has several side-hung carriage doors that are held open by a neat stay system where a metal bar slides through a bracket and then a notch in the bar rests on the bracket. Pulling the ...
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Garage door doesn’t close all the way

Hi, my garage door doesn’t seem to close all the way by a 2-4 inches. I just had the garage remodeled and wanted to see how I can fix this before dirt starts going inside the garage. I thought I’ll ...
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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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Caster type and placement for rotating cabinet

I have a cabinet that I want to function as a sort of door to a storage space behind it. It will be fixed to the wall with a set of hinges, so that it can swing open. Because the cabinet with contents ...
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Waterproof access door for electrical panel

I had an electrician upgrade my old fuse electrical panel with a new breaker panel. I was trying to save a bit of money and decided I would build the external access door for the main shutoff. However,...
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How can I reduce outside noise inside my apartment?

I would like to reduce the outside noise from inside my apartment. Outside, of my apartment is the hallway, and it can get noisy. I was thinking about placing felt pads on my door to reduce the noise....
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sizing exterior door

From what to what do you measure when knowing what size pre-hung exterior door will fit? For what I think should be the standard 36"x80", the contractor through the orange store came back with entry ...
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sunlight and sensors for garage doors

I have found that the light reflecting off the garage floor also causes a problem. High noon, both sensors in the shadow and still a problem. Put some landscaping black and fixed it. Next morning, ...
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Storm Door modification

I'm trying to install a storm door on the back of my house. The house is older and the door jam seems to have been modified to an odd width on the exterior of the house. A 36" door will be too large ...
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Stain Grade Door - piece of veneer missing - how best to repair?

I have a brand new door stain grade vertical grain fir or hemlock. Any thoughts on how best to handle this damage? I am not sure if the door came like this or if it was damaged by the door installer....
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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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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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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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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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New front door handle/deadbolt installation

New front door handle/deadbolt installation will not lock from inside house using knob will lock from outside using key but key will not come out until key is turned back into unlock position
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Create new patio door in basement by cutting concrete

My basement has about 2.5 ft of concrete along the wall. The reason is that the outside is a slope/hill and that 2.5" depth is just dirt. I like to install a patio door to my backyard 60x80 which is a ...
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Help, can I still fix this?

A few weeks ago, the door knob started to become loose with greyish wood/sand chunks falling out of the gap between the doorknob and the door. Currently thinking of getting a handyman in to have a ...
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Options to cover imperfection on metal door around new lock

I'd like to ask for suggestions of materials. I have a metal door, painted in white. A bigger lock (jimmy-proof lock) was replaced with a smaller lock (regular deadbolt) but ended up leaving several ...
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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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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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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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How do I replace the front door on a stucco house?

I'm going to be taking out the various floors that have been laid in our house down to the sub floor so wood flooring can be laid. But in doing so the floor will be about 1 inch lower than what it ...
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how to deter children from opening an interior 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 ...