Questions tagged [doors]

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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Appropriate slack for door jambs

Generally speaking, what's an appropriate gap to leave between the door jamb and the stud? In my particular situation, neither wall is plumb. On the left, I adjusted for it with some padding that you ...
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How to lock this closet with a non-standard knob size?

We have a small closet in a spare room that we'd like to be able to lock with a key. It has a small, non-standard doorknob. I thought of using a hasp with a padlock, but that's ugly and more security ...
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installing a keyed-entry door handle without switching latches?

I have an internal door that currently has regular passage door handles without a lock and key, which I'd like to replace with keyed-entry door handles. Is it possible to replace just the handles and ...
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old interior door knob can't turn

We have a closet door knob that it very hard to turn. I have tried taking it apart and using WD-40 but that is only good for about 3 weeks then it becomes hard again. Is there other way I can get this ...
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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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How to open this locked door

Accidentally locked the door and am panicking because I am house sitting. Would really appreciate the help
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Can I skimp on the jack stud?

Installing a closet in the very corner of an old house. Note, I don't have a proper king stud, but two 2x4s with a plywood spacer in the middle. This is a load bearing wall. I'm working with very ...
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Unlock door with no knob

Any suggestions for how to unlock and open a door with this type of lock? A video on YouTube showed me how to remove the knobs since the push button lock would not release. I have tried using scissors ...
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Nail Gun types (nomenclature)?

I would like a nail gun for nailing door trim hardy board panel Do I need two different nail guns? If yes, what are the two different types? I need the correct names of the types (nomenclature) so ...
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Magnetic Mortise Latch for American Style Doors

I am looking to make the door handles for my kids' rooms quieter. Today I went through and oiled everything, but the latch / mortise assembly (??correct term?) that I have in my doors are still pretty ...
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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 to disassemble a simple door knob?

I'm trying to fix this wobbly knob. I removed the set screws you see in the video on both sides of the door, but I'm still not able to pull the knob off. It doesn't give even 1/32". Is there ...
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How to rectify a heavy door?

The following picture shows how one of my very heavy doors got "skewed" in the door opening. The numbers indicate the gaps between the door and the jambs on the sides. The door used to shut ...
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Need to increase door height in bungalow

I am in a bungalow with the doors into the bathroom and 2 bedrooms all being different height. I'd like to increase the door height and shifting the header up seemed like a simple thing. however......
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Repair a Hole/Crack in Hollow Core Door

Someone punched a hole/crack in my hollow core door. I was wondering what my best course of action would be? Would it be relatively cheap/not too difficult for me to try and fix it myself? I looked at ...
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How precise do I need to be when ordering a custom exterior door?

I want a new exterior door. I went to Lowe's, and the Jeld-Wens there had the hinges at the wrong heights for my jamb. They told me to measure my heights and they would custom order. I've measured my ...
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Do I need a lintel on a non-load bearing wall?

I'd like to knock through an internal, 8cm-thick wall in order to install a door. The door will be sliding, and the sliding rail will be drilled into the wall above the opening. I know lintels are ...
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How to make IN swing french doors OUT swing?

So I want to buy this french patio door for my she shed & its an IN swing. I will need to buy a door frame and want the doors to swing OUT. Is this something that can be done? The doors are $80 ...
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how do i buy a replacement hinge?

I am trying to replace a broken hidden furniture hinge and cannot find a hinge that matches. How does one find a specific atypical hinge? The following pictures are of a not yet broken hinge.
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Inswing door over the rising pitch on a porch floor

I'm getting ready to renovate my enclosed porch. It was originally open air and had a simple wood panel enclosure kit installed. I'm planning on demoing the walls and rebuilding 2x4 stud framing... ...
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stanley garage door opener model 2200 will not run

my mid 1980,s stanley garage opener problem started when the 2 motor mounting bolts came out and the motor hung from gearbox when door opened - door completely opened but would not close - i replaced ...
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Why isn't my newly installed Euro lock cylinder working?

We have just moved into a new apartment and wanted to change the lock cylinder. Taking out the old one was not a problem. But when we put the new cylinder in, the latch won't extend nor retract. Quite ...
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How can I fix a Ikea Kallax shelf door

I have an Ikea Kallax bookshelf which has these insert doors. I bumped the door and ripped it off. What would be a good way to fix it? It looks like this happened before 😅 From the other side Is ...
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Hollow door repair and hook rehang

looking to see if it's feasible to repair a baseball sized hole in a hollow wooden door in a way that would allow a towel hook to be drilled onto it. I've seen many guides for hollow door repair that ...
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Mid door knob installation door shut and can’t open

I got as far as putting in anti-rotation block and screwing in latch when door was pushed closed and now I cannot open it up in order to complete the privacy door knob installation. Luckily I was not ...
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Schlage passage lockset, unable to remove either handle

I have what I believe is a Schlage passage lock-set that I am unable to uninstall. I tried the sharp pin in the hole trick (actually I used a small drift pin). I am attaching pictures. Please notice ...
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How do I fix a gap in my door?

There is a fairly large gap between the door and the frame. How do i fix this?
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Old-style Kenmore washer door switch

Is there an adjustment I can make to the door switch plate? It's the top loader, old style door lid switch with the little pin in the lid that makes contact with the switch plate when the lid's closed,...
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Is it possible to just replace the adjustable wood insert in door threshold? [duplicate]

Is it possible to just replace the adjustable wood insert in threshold? ***I want to just replace the adjustable wood filler insert in the sill if at all possible. Threshold is 36 inches as normal on ...
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Better to sand down floor or trim door?

I've been working on installing a sliding "barn" door. Unfortunately, I hung the door too low by about 1/4 inch because the directions that came with the hardware to do so are incorrect. As ...
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Screen Door Rollers Don't Turn

I just removed my sliding screen patio door so that I can clean it and the tracks that the door wheels ride on. I noticed that the top door wheels still spin but both bottom wheels seem to be frozen ( ...
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What is this strange strike plate and why does it move?

My house was originally built so it could be easily adapted for people with disabilities. For example, there is wiring in the house to support the installation of a lift and the landings are wider ...
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Fire door modification beyond trim allowance

So I bought some fire doors. "The doors comprise cellulosic (flaxboard) cored, timber framed leaves". The Certifire certificate of approval is here: https://www.jeld-wen.co.uk/getmedia/...
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Adding Locks to Antique French Door

I have a set of 1927 french doors that are 18" wide and have a built-in astragal -- measuring ~7/8" wide and ~1/4" deep -- on both doors. The astragal narrows to about a 1/4" where ...
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Adjustable door threshold bottomed out and grouted in place

Just bought house. Previous owners did some bad renovations by themselves. I noticed lots of bugs coming in. Figured out the wooden kitchen/garage adjustable door threshold was screwed down all the ...
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How to deal with sharp door latch corners?

There is a doorway that sometimes people walk through and get scratched on their arms by the latch on the door and occasionally it even draws blood. I think it's because the two external corners of ...
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What are some effective methods to fix a worn out screw holes of a door hinge? [duplicate]

I have a door that was slightly tilted and didnt close properly. I noticed the hinge was a tad loose, and what was holding it was a short 0.5" screw. I replaced it the screws with a new 1" ...
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How to fix a chipped door frame

I knocked a small cabinet over after waking up in the middle of the night and it fell and hit my door frame, chipping it. As this is a rental I need to fix it, although I have very little diy ...
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How can I restore old, brass coated door hardware?

I have some old (ca. 1906) door hardware. Some parts seem to be solid brass, but others are probably coated iron or some other magnetic metal. They were covered in some layers of paint, which I ...
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Door, space separator options with limited frame space?

I want to separate a big room into a working room and open kitchen space. The problem in separating the space is to find proper door -- the problem is that it is very hard to get a door frame to a ...
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How can I cut a hole through metal siding to open up a doorway or window?

There is an outbuilding on the property I'm buying that appears to be made of cinderblock. at some point in the recent past, it looks like somebody attached a bunch of metal siding to the outside, and ...
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install a door on stairs

I'd like to install a door at the stairs in the basement: I will most likely buy a pre-hung door that comes with a door frame. The wall construction is drywall, the left and right edges have 2"...
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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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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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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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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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