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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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Back door suddenly won't close

I have an old wooden back door that leads to my garden. It has a mortice key lock on the handle, a sliding bolt about half a meter above it, and in-between these a latch lock that opens and closes ...
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How to stop water leaking along tile seam under a frameless shower door sweep?

I have a frameless glass bathroom shower and water leaks under it. I believe the water is moving along a tile to tile seam (like subway tiles) and going under the sweep. It is fairly new ...
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Is it possible to seal an interior barn door to provide an acceptable level of insulation between a conditioned and an unconditioned space?

I'm finishing a storage room in my house. General layout, room is 12' x 12', door on one wall, window on opposite wall, roof peak ~12' above the axis between the door and the window. Roof slopes ...
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Framing Oops? Advice?

So, in this DIY basement finishing project of mine, I've learned more than I ever thought I could know but I've been able to correct many simple mistakes so far. Here's my latest, I have basically ...
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How should I stop pocket doors from scraping on the jamb?

I have pocket doors that occasionally scrape on the inside on their frame which scuffs them up. How should I protect against this? I was thinking of using the soft side of velcro strips inside the ...
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Can any damage be caused to a door and/or its hinges if pushed open with force?

In the majority of houses that I've visited, I've noticed that most walls in the property have door stoppers behind them to prevent damage to the wall from a door hitting hard into it. For doors that ...
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Sound proofing bedroom doors, what to do about air flow?

We recently replaced all the carpet in our home with hard floors, dramatically increasing the amount of noise transmission between bedrooms and the hallway. I've been researching the best ways to ...
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Attaching a 2 x 4 to a door frame

I am trying to find a way to add a pullup bar to my home gym. Ordinarily the pullup bar contraption goes over and through the door frame, but the door frames we have go all the way up to the ceiling ...
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Exterior Door Width is Shorter than Jamb

I have exterior door installed and its 1/4 inch shorter in width than Jamb. when closed I can see straight 1/4" inch gap from top to bottom. Fortunately dead bolt works but latch bold is just hanging ...
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Question about outswing door on attached toolshed

I have a toolshed attached to my garage with an outswing door. The door appears to be screwed into the moulding instead of the stud. Is this typical for an outswing door (see photos)? Photo album I'...
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Backplate for satin nickel deadlock

There is an old door with some marks from a jimmyproof lock. It was replaced with a single cylinder deadlock, satin nickel finish. To cover the marks, it was decided to install a back plate covering ...
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Door jamb wider than framed entry

I'm trying to figure out the best approach for this issue I ran into. So I have a door jamb that sits at 79.5" wide and the actual frame is at 79.25" wide. I have 3 options: trim either the hinge ...
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Fix alignment of sliding doors

I have a double sliding door with a lock, that only works if I lift one side by about 1-2mm. This requieres a lot of force, since this is a solid wood door. The doors do not seem to be parallel to ...
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Do solid core doors reduce sound more than hollow-core doors?

I need to replace a bedroom door. I would like to find the option that is best at dampening noise. I'm trying to decide between an MDF door like Jeld-Wen Molded Composite MDF Interior Door Slab or a ...
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How can I find door hardware to match the fitment of my vintage hardware?

I want to replace the lock but want to keep using all the existing holes in the door. Photos here: https://imgur.com/a/wxeoKJj On the side, the only engravings are "PAT APR 17 06, OTHER PAT PEND."....
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Is there a recommended size for vents in boiler cupboard doors?

I have replaced doors in my house and would like to replace a plain boiler cupboard door — standard 1981mm x 762mm (6½ft by 2½ft) door — with a 6-panel door matching the ...
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Gaps between drywall and door casing

I'm trying to paint my garage and noticed some gaps between the door casing and the drywall. Is there a way I can fill these so they appear flat? Thinking of using some spray foam insulation for the ...
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Restoring exterior door frame at latch?

Tenants have broken out wood where an exterior door should receive the doorknob latch. There's nowhere to attach the strike plate. What's the right way to fix this? The depth of this piece of wood ...
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Finding replacement for antediluvian lock

I would like to replace an internal lock on the cupboard door in my flat. The lock is very old and I struggle to find a similar type in B&Q. I can mostly find locks that are to be mounted inside ...
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Slider Door locks from inside but not outside with key

I can lock my slider from inside with no problem but when i try to lock it from the outside with the key (I have tried several keys) it does not lock but I can see the hook go up the same as it does ...
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Re-key or just replace deadbolts?

Our house has Schlage "bright brass" deadbolts on the front and back doors, which use different keys. Our separate garage had a no-name unit. We never had keys for the rear door or garage. I just ...
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how to properly hang door when wall is far out of plumb?

I have a new solid-wood interior door that I want to hang. I removed the previous jamb, as it was not well installed. The rough opening is reasonably plumb when looking through the doorway (some ...
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Is there any problem with installing a prehung inswing exterior door backwards as an outswing?

My local home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes only have prehung inswing exterior doors, and I could special order an outswing prehung door but they're like $310+ whereas the equivalent ...
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glass shower door no studs

I am about to install my frameless shower door and realized I am missing the stud by two inches I have two layers of 1/2 cement board and have found some anchors that can hold 600lbs will this be ...
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How can I repair damaged door casing?

We recently adopted a pup and are still getting to understand his separation anxiety triggers. Recently, he gouged the door frame pretty severely. I am hoping I can fix this myself, since this is a ...
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Pella Door won't lock (3 point lock)

I'm going to share this question and answer it myself because someone else may have had this problem. I have several Pella doors in my home with the 3 point locks (top and bottom "shootbolts" and a ...
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Having difficulty fixing my sagging door by bending its hinge

I've watched a few YouTube videos that showed me how to fix a sagging door by bending the knuckles of the door hinge, such as this one and this one here. However, I am perplexed as to how these ...
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Deadbolt door trim guard?

So I have an outside door w/ a deadbolt. Someone left the deadbolt extended but the door open and went to shut it and as a result the deadbolt dented the heck out of my interior door trim (inswing ...
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Is it true that one hinge bears most of the load on a typical 3-hinge door?

This is an anecdote I've heard from time to time, but have not read any systematic evidence for. Given that a geometrically perfect door fitting would be difficult (if not impossible) to achieve, are ...
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Make a sliding barn door airtight?

I'm brainstorming for building a cabin this summer and am wondering if anyone has had luck making a sliding barn door airtight (or at least, pretty airtight). One cabin design I've been pondering is ...
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Do They Make Two-Panel “Barn Door” Interior Doors, with Both Panels Sliding to One Side?

I have a closet that contains my washer and dryer, with a 60" wide x 80" high opening. Right now, that closet has bi-fold doors, but they are in poor shape, and I am looking to replace them. The ...
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How to 'fix' a twisted murphy door?

I'm new to woodworking and I am building a bookshelf door. The bookshelf is constructed of hardwood. I mounted it, and the measurements and square look good, but it seems that the surface I used to ...
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New sliding door with stucco behind vinyl siding

Has anyone had experience treating old (1948) stucco (3/4” stucco, metal lath, tar paper, ship lap) as wall board when installing new sliding doors or windows? I have vinyl siding that is on furring ...
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What kind of screw should I use to affix plywood to a hollow metal door?

I need to affix a plywood frame (depth ~1.25 cm or so) to an office entrance door. The door is metallic, but not a solid metal block: it's hollow. The metal face of the door is about 2mm. This is the ...
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Choosing the right exterior door type for sound proofing from outside road noise

I am getting the door to my inlaw unit replaced. Its not clear to me whether to get a solid core door, or a solid wood door, if my objective is to provide the best soundproofing inside the unit from ...
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Apartment entry knob issue

I have been having issues with my apartment door not opening when I turn the knob. The knob is very loose and as a result, it is able to move left and right. Although functionally, turning to the ...
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Fitting add on blinds to rear door

I am trying to fit add on, enclosed blinds (like these) to the rear door of my new home. I have not been able to find a set of blinds that fit appropriately and I am not sure why. I've returned 2 sets ...
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Trim door slab width by 1/4". Worth dealing on my own or order to the size?

Store can order them with custom size (adds +2 weeks and ~$60/slab). They are solid core, paint grade (primed).
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cleaning shaft of brass door knob?

I have a glass door knob taken apart to clean but wonder do I have to remove the glass knob from the brass shaft in order to clean that piece of brass. I have seen many knobs break removing them and ...
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Barn Door with no header

I want to install a barn door across the opening to the master bathroom. There is no header and I don't mind there being an open area above the door for extra air flow. What is the best way to do this?...
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Door hinge alignment impacting full closure

I'm having problems with a set of outdoor BBQ area doors I've installed into a frame installed in a brick space. Basically, I have an opening constructed with two short brick walls as a space below ...
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How can I install closet doors for a very long closet opening?

I have a very long closet opening (about 120" wide and 80" tall) and I'm struggling to find a set of doors for it. Any suggestions for how to add doors to such a long closet opening? All I can find ...
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Providing additional support for door hinges with no stud behind

We are preparing our basement living area to be AirBnB-able, and for added peace of mind, we want to replace the thin, single-panel interior door between that area and the rest of our house with a ...
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Sliding bathroom barn door covering cadet heater

This was a design decision I made a month ago and now after things putting together, I have a "duh" moment. This is my bathroom door which will have a barn door sliding to the left: Note that there ...
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Doors to uninsulated walk-in spaces

I have two 32" doors in my house that lead to uninsulated storage rooms. I'm concerned about my utility bills, and I'm wondering if these doors are appropriately insulated. What kind of door should ...
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How do I remove these escutcheons from my door?

I have a G-U multi-point door lock. The inside escutcheon with handle and thumb turn are pictured below. I am trying to figure out what type of lock cylinder I have inside of the door, but I can't see ...
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How to pick a sliding glass door

I'm looking for something mid-range that works well in summer/winter. Should I be leaning towards composite or vinyl?
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What should I know before trying to make a larger deadbolt hole?

I had a locksmith come over and check this out, but he ended up refusing the job. It seems pretty simple to me, but before I wanted to go give it a "try" I figure I would ask just so I have a better ...
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Need wood size identification (or suggestions) on barn door picture

Basically I want to build the exact door below, I really like the look of it and don't want to alter it if at all possible. I started to plan things out, but I don't do much wood work. I'm having ...
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Is there hardware that lets a swinging cabinet door pull open a sliding shelf?

Under my kitchen sink, I'm installing a floor mounted sliding shelf, so that I can slide out the trash instead of reaching underneath. The cabinet doors are swing-mounted, and I can't change this ...

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