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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 is “gauge” size for door hinge knuckles?

Anyone know the meaning of "gauge" when talking about the outer diameter of a door hinge's knuckle? For example, commercial door hinge knuckles often have "gauge" sizes of 0.134 or 0.180. Doing my ...
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Does a storm door help prevent heat loss?

One person advised me that I'll cut down on the heat loss in my kitchen by installing a storm door. Another said I'd get better results by replacing the door itself, and then I can either install a ...
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What kind of curtain rod should I buy for these brackets?

I'm trying to figure out what style of curtain rod to buy for these brackets on my doors. One end has a circular hole and the other end has a rectangular opening. They are 27" apart. I live in ...
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How to measure the width of a door with an extra ring?

I would like to order a new cylinder for my door and need to provide measurements. I do not know which of the measurements on the right (20 or 30 mm) I should choose: Specifically I do not know ...
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Front door won't fully close or sit flush

What's the best way to fix an exterior door that won't close all the way? Currently it closes ~99%, but I have to push the door to make it fully shut. The deadbolt won't easily slide in or out, and ...
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How do I remove this peephole viewer?

How do I remove this peephole viewer? I haven't been able to find one like this on YouTube how-to videos so I'm guessing it's an older style. On the outside of the door is a gold plate surrounding ...
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Closing in Garage door while raising existing header on load bearing wall

I am closing in an 8'x7' garage door with a wall and 32" exterior entry door to make more space in our family room. The floor will be raised to meet the existing floor which will elevate the new ...
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Should I fill the void created by a magnetic strip used to insulate the door on the outside?

I installed this manetic strip for my mother in law, her door is in pretty bad shape but this works fine. She says there is sometimes water condensation on the metal part of it, do I need to do ...
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Mounting a sliding barn door without a header

I have a hallway that leads into a group of bedrooms. I would like to install a sliding barn door to close these rooms off. There is not currently a header of any kind above this opening. I'm fine ...
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New door knob strike screw holes don't line up with old ones

I purchased some new door knobs for inside my house to replace my dated looking ones. The previous screw holes for my strike don't quite line up with the new ones. Is it OK to try and screw in or will ...
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How to add bars or strengthen a sliding door?

I am trying to secure a home, by adding bars to the windows, and metal door to the front, as well as added locks to the garage door. The back door has a glass sliding door. I can strengthen this with ...
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How should I reattach this garage door bracket?

I didn't install this originally but looks like the bracket has broke off from the door. Also it appears that the door itself is damaged. What is the best way to repair this?
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Moulding descriptions have a 2-3 letter acronym in their description (eg. LWM, WM, WG) - what do they stand for?

If you look at many varieties of moulding available at Home Depot, you get descriptions like: WM 376 -11/16 in. x 2-1/4 in. Primed Finger-Jointed Door and Window Casing Moulding Any idea what these ...
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How to keep a bathroom door slightly ajar, without adjusting a doorstop

I have a bathroom door whose frame is not plumb, so if the door is left slightly ajar, it swings fully open by itself. I want to be able to leave the door slightly ajar (about 4 inches / 10 cm) ...
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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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How to remove broken hinge which is stuck inside

There is a broken hinge which is stuck: To compare, a good hinge is removed easily like this: I tried to remove broken hinge with a hammer, however it is stuck very firmly. Is there any method to ...
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Fit a door in a tight space

I have a garage with an odd size entry (not bay) door. The old door, which recently broke, was only 24" x 70". Time to put in a new door. My intent is to enlarge the opening for a more standard size....
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Is there an objective way to measure how easily a sliding patio door is moving and if it is adjusted properly?

Is there an objective way to measure how easy a sliding patio door is moving and if it is adjusted properly? I just installed my sliding vinyl patio door and since it is slightly larger than usual (...
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Installing a sliding patio door…why does the entire frame have to be square, level and plumb?

It has been raining cats and dogs for two days (fall wet season). I am looking at my newly installed but but not sealed patio door that is not screwed, not plumb-ed and not leveled and I am trying to ...
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Do hinge screws become more tight-fitting over time once installed?

I've noted newly installed hinge screws can be replaced more easily if replacement is within days after fitting. If left for weeks or more, they become considerably harder to remove due to friction. ...
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Apartment door direction

I am purchasing a new apartment entry door and need help with choosing in which direction should it swing. The layout of the common area is quite tight: My concerns: my own apartment is not too big....
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Blocking up an unused door with timber / cladding. How to protect from weather and insulate?

I have a rotting backdoor that forms a side entrance to a conservatory. The door is never used. I plan to take out the door, build a timber frame where the door frame and sill was, and then install ...
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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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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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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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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 ...