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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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Latch won't retract into my door unless I turn the knob

Starting about a week ago, the latch on my back door knob won't retract into the doorknob unless I turn the doorknob. This means to close my door properly I have to unlock the doorknob, turn it, close ...
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How to remove latch assembly that is stuck in edge bore?

I want to replace a door knob, but I have 2 problems: After removing the door knob, I can't remove the latch assembly from the edge bore. Is there a mechanism to remove this from the door, or is it ...
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Cannot remove door knob — totally inaccessible!

My laundry room door knob locked up yesterday and the door can't be opened. A thorough search revealed no screws, latches or any discernible way to remove the knob. I got the door knob off with pliers ...
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What causes cracks in stucco at 45 degree angle from top of NW corner garage door up along light fixture to wall vent?

What likely causes this pattern of stucco cracking from top corner of side garage door through light fixture up along air vent up to roofline on NW side of house? Did someone or something hit it a ...
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Replacing Door Header After Pocket Door Removal

I'm in the middle of opening up a doorway where a pocket door once lived. This is in the first floor of a single story home in a wall that runs along the I-beam (which is below this floor in the ...
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Stripped screw in door knob

I have a stripped screw in my door handle. I tried drilling it to hopefully get a better grip but ended up messing it up further. I believe that i have drilled deep enough to the point where the shank ...
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Latch bolt stuck inside door jamb

[latch bolt still in door jambThe latch bolt for my exterior door is stuck inside the door jamb. I have removed both door handles, but can't get the door open to get at the latch plate or strike plate....
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How much overlap should bypass doors have?

I want to hang bypass doors in the closets. The finished opening is 48". Do I use 2 24" doors and leave gap on each end or do I use a 24 and a 26 for the overlap so they look even, or 2 26ers
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How can I stop interior doors from opening when exterior doors are opened?

In our church every time someone comes into the building through the main entrance, the interior main sanctuary doors come open and make it possible to hear noise from the hallway. Is there some ...
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Fixing hinge on a screen door

The screen door hit the jam this morning and taking a look I see the lower hinge has pulled out. It's held into the aluminium frame using what appear to be sheet metal screws, and I don't think there'...
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Installing a Heavy Sliding Barn Door into Metal Studs

I'm looking to install a single, sliding barn door in the 2nd bedroom of my condo. The door is solid MDF and weighs 200 lbs, including the metal rail and sliding wheels. And being in a condo, I'm ...
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Do I need a stud on each side to install a swinging shower door?

I recently started looking into installing a glass shower door for my stall shower. The shower is a one-piece fiberglass pre-fab shower. I assume I need a stud on at least one side of the door to ...
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How can I find a three square panel door similar to this one?

I've spent a while online trying to find a door like the one below that I could buy to replace it. My search term has been 'three square panel carved door'. Nothing even close. And I can't find a ...
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Non-substantial remote door locking options for indoor rooms?

I need to be able to secure a couple indoor rooms with wireless locks. These don't need to be substantial locks since they're just inside a house, but unfortunately I'm not seeing any real wireless ...
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How to remove strange looking strike plate

I'm replacing my locks in my house and I can't get this strike plate removed. It had two pieces. I was able to remove the latch assist (curved piece to help slide in). Now I'm just stuck tugging at ...
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Can I paint a door without removing it from the hinges?

I watched a This Old House video that recommended taking the door off its hinges to paint it horizontal. I would rather not do that if it's not necessary. May I leave it in place? I'm going to ...
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vinyl plank flooring, entry way door trim question

I am installing vinyl plank flooring. I am stuck at the door. The problem is that I have a gap (for expansion) that is near to entry door. I want to hide this gap as this looks ugly (see image ...
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Hanging Internal Doors - is a frame made from 2 x 2's strong enough

I have recently removed some light hollow wardrobe doors from a frame made of 2 x 2's and have just had delivered some reclaimed pine doors to put in their place. I want to know if the frame made of ...
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Repairing a hole in a door

I now have a wonderful hole in a bathroom door, as a result of door-stop not being installed in the proper place, and the door being shoved up against a towel rail (picture attached). As can be seen, ...
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Want to solidly fill gap between concrete and exterior door plate

I recently installed an exterior double door. On the one side, the concrete floor slopes down, so I raised that side with shims. The bottom plate is level. I can cut and replace these shims with ...
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Is there a tool I can use to cut out the templates for door hardware?

I just bought some new hardware (knobs and latches) for the interior doors of my house. Currently the latches look something like this: (source: homedepot.com) And the new latches look something ...
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How to insulate the inside of a door

I am building a sliding door with a frame made of 2x2s covered with plywood panels on each side. I would like to make it reasonably soundproof and was planning on filling the void with some insulation ...
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How to cover a gap between doors and hardwood floor?

Removing old carpet resulted in about 1 inch gap between doors and the floor. What are common solutions to cover such gap? Any "easy to handle" materials (other than wood planks) to extend doors?
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New (2019) Chamberlain 3/4 HP belt drive door opener

I was wondering if I buy a second wall mount door control, identical to the one supplied, can it be wired in in parallel from a second location with a two wire circuit paralleled to the existing at ...
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Door lock hole drilled too big

I drilled a bigger hole over an existing one on my door so I could put a new lock on. Unfortunately I drilled the hole too big. Now the lock is too to small to install. Any suggestions?
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What should I do about a screw jammed in my deadbolt?

So, I recently purchased a new house and went about changing the locks. The doorknob worked well, but not so much on the deadbolt. Installed everything but one screw which wouldn't budge. I ended up ...
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How do I seal my bedroom door for soundproofing/reduction?

I have a hollow bedroom door in my apartment. I can’t make any modifications to the door that are permanent—nor can I replace it. Anyone outside the room can hear an interior conversation with ...
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Should I paint door hinges?

Is it better to paint door hinges when painting a door and frame or should I remove them so they keep a metal look? I've hung a new door with new hinges and am about to paint. Most of the doors I see ...
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Replacing Door Sweep in Track from House to Garage?

There is an anomalous door sweep/pad (I'm not really sure what it is honestly) in the door track leading from our house to the garage. (I would call it the garage door, but this might lead to ...
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Sliding Glass Door Locked from the Outside?

How in the world could a sliding glass door lock on your from the outside. I only open it at the handle and do not touch the latch or pin. This happened to me recently and got locked out while out ...
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Why isn't door casing mitered to meet base trim?

Question Up Front Why are door trims at the floor not cut at 45° like everything else is? Is it a style thing, or is there a functional reason for it? Details I have noticed in many houses that the ...
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How do I stop my garage door from opening on its own?

My garage door has opened twice in the last 2 weeks during the night. Is someone driving by and opening it "accidentally"? How do I keep this from happening?
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Is there a jig for standard door handles?

I can't seem to find a jig for standard lever handles. There only seems to be jigtech available. The hole for my spindle is too big for the handles and would be seen. Is there a jig for these types of ...
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Enlarging a deadbolt door knob hole on a steel door

I have a steel door in which I'd like to replace the deadbolt lock with a newer keypad type lock. The door is a bit older and the hole is 1 1/2 inches. The keypad deadbolt requires a 2 1/8 inch hole. ...
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Bottom rail of wood panel door falling off

I have a 20 year old, wood panel exterior door with a loose bottom rail. It looks like it's sliding off on one side. How can I fix it? If the rail is attached with a tenon I know I can just nail or ...
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Door not flush to door stop at the top but is at the bottom

I have recently replaced an interior door and the door now bows away from the door stop at the top (latch side) about a 1/4 inch but is about flush at the bottom . I am at a loss for how to correct ...
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Replacing exterior door sill - making it fit

I'm replacing the aluminum threshold for my exterior basement door. I bought a new one but it seems to be a little taller than the original. It's adjustable but can't go any lower. If I remove the ...
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What is the easiest way to get rid of a very large patio door?

We have an 8'x14' patio door at a house we are doing. Dumpster is gone. We are going to reframe for windows. The door is has a metal frame and it is in 3 panels - made in 60s. Breaking it ...
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What is the easiest way to stop a door from catching on the floor?

When I open and close my bathroom door, it catches on the floor. This makes it hard to open and close it, and also makes a really annoying sound. What is the easiest way to stop the door from ...
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How to line / fill the ugly gap around my newly hung shed door

I have fitted a new door to my shed and as you can see there is a big gap and it looks a bit ugly. How would you recommend I make this look better? Some sort of external trim? Internal door stop? ...
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How should I fasten strips of 15mm plywood to a sheet of the same?

I've got a sheet of 15mm plywood which I need to build a door out of. Basically I want to cut the door in one sheet and use the leftover for reinforcing the edges by adding a layer on each side. Will ...
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How to adjust when hinge mortises are cut too deep?

I cut my mortises manually with a chisel and made them a notch too deep, maybe 1/16" or even less, as a result the door closes too close to the jamb and I am concerned how it will work when there is ...
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Remove Paint from outdoor metal sill of Main Door

So I guess when the door was painted 10 years ago, paint might of spilled on the metal sill? I'm not sure if that is the correct word for it. But I've taken a picture of it for reference. I've ...
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Solid door on top of hollow apartment door to reduce outside noise?

To reduce hallway noise I'd like to replace my hollow apartment door with a solid one, but I'm renting and can't do that (I tried mass loaded vinyl, movers blankets, etc.; it's not enough). So I'm ...
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Have kwikset deadbolt with interior knob with setscrew is not coming off after setscrew has been removed why?

Kwikset deadbolt interior knob with set screw removed yet knob will not come off, what else can I do to remove the knob?
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Can an entry door unit with sidelight be disassembled and reversed?

My front door has this configuration: I'd like to swap the door with the side panel to obtain this configuration (without flipping anything): Would that be feasible? By feasible, I mean simple ...
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How do I repair a door jamb that has soft and split wood at the hinge in my 100 year old house?

We have an old house (100+ years) with original door frames. The top hinge on one door has come away from the door frame - the wood is split and soft, so the screws have no bite. I'm thinking the ...
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Sliding closet doors with 3 doors has narrowed opening

I have a 83" width closet so I used two 72" closet doors. Basically, it is 3 doors on 2 tracks However it is weird because the opening is way too small: 83-72 = 11" It is because the front two doors ...
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Trimmed too deep on door side, can I save this edge?

On the long side of my door, I was trimming using a saw (I know, I now own a planer) and my angle was too deep. I realized it and stopped, so now I have a cut with the outside piece still attached at ...
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What size door jamb should I order for a non-standard wall thickness?

So I have this 1961 year old House. These days, when sheathing (plywood) is placed, it's placed directly on the structural studs, and nailed. But my house has this strip of 11/16" wood placed ...