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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a way I can soundproof an exterior apartment door from outside noise?

Its made of steel but hollow (though I'm not sure if completely hollow or if it has divisions like cells) with zero sound absorption. I already weatherproofed it with foam strips, but even then every ...
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How to open a door without a door knob?

I am currently locked inside of the apartment that I just moved into today. I noticed that the door knob was a bit loose when I first opened the door this morning and when I turned the knob from the ...
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Had an exterior front door installed

The gap between the latch area and striker is too wide. Makes it easy to shim the latch if someone wanted to. Any ideas how to fix this issue?
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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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Install deadbolt in metal steel door and door jamb

I searched online but could not find answer to all these questions. I'm installing a deadbolt to a metal/steel door. There is only a sheet of metal and it is hollow (empty inside). I also need to ...
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Cylinder Guard Plate - what type of deadbolt will fit underneath it?

In my door, on the exterior side, there is a cylinder guard plate that covers most of the keyed deadbolt, basically leaving just a little more than the cylinder area. This is to increase safety. All ...
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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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Nest Door Bell Works Fine but Mechanical Doesn't

We recently installed a nest door bell it is working fine but, the plunger on the mechanical door bell barely moves and doesn't ring. We did verify the door bell transform is a 16 volt transformer. ...
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Easiest fix for crooked door frame

This particular door has 3 problems: Door sticks to the stops, due to layers of paint, this post provides couple options. Top door corner rubs against the head on the latch side when closed Neither ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...