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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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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 ...
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How to install a screen door?

I have been thinking of adding a screen door to an existing sliding glass door on my balcony. I measured my door frame and purchased a screen door, now I am not sure how to install it. Can I ...
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What type of switch do I need to plug into a gosund outlet to open and close a garage door?

I have a Gosund switch that plugs into an outlet. I’d like to plug it into the outlet near my garage door opener and open and close the garage door. What type of switch can I plug into the gosund ...
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Closet door minimums

Is there a code for the minimum width of a closet door? I've always assumed it was 24 inches. Or is it determined by the square footage of the closet?
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What are pros and cons of magnetic and mechanical door latch?

There such small latches that can be screwed up to cabinets wall and door. There two types: magnetic ones and mechanical (with a spring). Like this (magnetic): And this: Magnetic ones seem to be ...
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installing sliding shower door when width is larger than tub

I'm looking into sliding shower doors and all the doors I see assume that you are installing to space which is the width of the tub. In my case, the end of my tub has a little shelf extending beyond ...
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Prevent deadbolt from turning?

I am a renter, so I cannot change the locks or drill an additional deadbolt. I came across August Smart Lock today (https://www.amazon.com/August-Smart-Lock-Pro-generation/dp/B0765LFNM7), which sits ...
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Can you paint frosted glass with mirrored paint?

I need a full length mirror in my dressing room! My closet doors are frosted can I paint over them with mirror paint?
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How do I seal the bottom of this door to be waterproof?

I'm going to be replacing this front door with a new prehung exterior steel frame door (pic available upon request). This door leads to a concrete porch and water tends to flow towards the door. The ...
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Front Door sidelite

i need to replace my front door sidelite glass ( it is shattered)... It a designer/ privacy type glass with brass caming... The problem i am having is identifying the manufacture of the door ( its a ...
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Interior Door Stopped Latching

As the title suggests, an interior door has suddenly stopped latching as it should. Previously, the door would close just fine, though perhaps you had to apply more pressure than most doors, it would ...
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Can I remove the doors before installing a sliding patio doors frame?

Due to bad timing I won't have anybody to help me with this other than my wife. In order to make it easier I would like to remove the doors before putting the frame in position, then put back either ...
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How can I attach a kick down door stop to a hollow metal door?

I have a hollow-core metal door out to my car port, and it gets a lot of traffic. I'd like to add a kick-down door stop to the door. I think one option is to drill pilot holes and use self-tapping ...
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Switching door hinges to other side

I'd like to reposition my door/hinges so it opens from the other side (and swings in the opposite direction). Is it just a matter of installing hinges on the opposite side of the door frame and re-...
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Reconfigure metal door lock system from mortise to individual door knob and deadbolt

I have a metal door with a privacy mortise lock with a thumbturn. I can't drill any new holes outside, we must use the existing hole for the door knob and deadlock. I have to replace the existing ...
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Should I install exterior door of mudroom before or after tiling?

I have a doorway leading from my newly added mudroom to the new garage. The doorway currently does not have a door in place yet. I have the door already (it is in the old doorway from the kitchen to ...
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how to repair bi-fold door with fallen slats?

A piece of this bi-fold closet door has warped, and as a result many of the slats have pulled out of one or both of their end-points. It seems like it should be possible to repair this with clamps, ...
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When finishing a basement, how do I transition from walls to doors/windows?

I am planning to finish my basement, which is currently naked poured concrete foundation throughout. I have a new door and new windows (only one shown in the Figure below because they are identical). ...
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Can I use a simple wood spacer for double glazed glass inserts in interior french door?

I am building a home office and and want to modestly sound insulate the office from the living room. I want to make a custom pair of french doors with two sets of double glazed glass (1/2" spaced ...
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What kind of lock set do I need for this door?

I need to install a door knob and latch on this old interior door (the cuts in the door were there when I bought the house, and the original hardware is long gone): Could someone please tell me what ...
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How do I remove the stationary panel of a swinging patio door for painting?

I'm working on painting some exterior doors. I'd like to remove them to properly prep and paint. The door on the left is not a problem, I'll simply take it off the hinges. However, the door on the ...
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Mortise lock - smart lock installation options

I have what is known as privacy mortise lock with thumbturn, this (the inside): PS: the hole in the picture is the door knob Facing outside: a keyed mortise cylinder at the top, and a door knob at ...
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Ensure that a closed door is a completely locked door?

I live with a person with lock anxiety, and I'm looking for a DIY solution. I already have an alarm system that beeps if a certain door is closed, but how can I also make sure it's completely locked? ...
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Replacing an oddly sized French Patio Door

Purchased a new home and working through the litany of issues with the place. Nothing undisclosed but just a royal pain in the ass. I have a leaky exterior door that needs to be replaced. It is a ...
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Replace door knob with lever handle on rim latch door

I have 1950s solid wood internal doors with rim latches. I want to replace the door knobs with lever handles. The doors are 33mm thick, with narrow (95mm) rails, and have rim latches. I've been ...