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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How do I fix a hole in a hollow door?

My son sometimes has a temper, and has been known to hit his door when sent to his room. He has actually done so enough to punch a bit of a hole in it. I'm trying to figure out what might be doable to ...
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Can my garage electrical panel be right beside the door?

My house has a single-car garage, with the whole house's electrical panel on its exterior wall. I'm thinking about adding a bump-out on the garage to make space for a second car. The problem is that ...
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Fixing a large (1/8"-wide) crack in a wood exterior door panel

This is a follow-up to my previous question: How can I fix a hairline crack in a thin wood panel of an exterior door? While getting ready to apply wood glue (actually a mixture of wood glue and ...
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How to repair a door with patches of stripped-off finish?

I was trying to replace the door knob on the bathroom door and for some reason the existing hole was too small so I enlarged the hole by clamping a piece of wood to the door and drilling though. I ...
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How can I build a screen door?

I have a guesthouse with an unusual door, 32" x 76", and it needs a screen door. Home Depot has tons of cheap-o screen doors that could be cut down to maybe 32" x 78" safely, but an additional two ...
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Home wireless lock

How can I improve my home with a kind of front door lock that would act like those car that can unlock when it receive signal of the key in your pant? My goal would be to keep my keys in my pant ...
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What is the minimum width of an egress/entrance door? [closed]

What is the minimum width of an egress/entrance door? Is it 32 or 36 inches?
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Resurface (or cover) damaged wood door?

I have an odd-sized wooden back door. The outer layers of wood on the lower half of the door are suffering water damage, but the core and inside of the door are fine. Is there a good way either to ...
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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 do I properly seal an exterior door?

I've recently discovered that rain is getting in around my exterior (front) door and forming a little pool in the frame under the door. I'm assuming I can fix this by adding a seal around the door (...
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Why doesn't my freshly painted door fit back in the frame?

I took off a hollow core interior door to paint it. Very thin coats (this is only the second time it's been painted since contractors built house. I know they only sprayed 1 very thin coat). Now the ...
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Troubleshooting a leaking exterior door

I have an exterior door that leaks water into the house when rain is blown against it. The floor on the inside of the house is unfinished, meaning it is just the raw subfloor. I don't want to put the ...
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What do I need to know before selecting and installing a cat/pet door in a door?

We want to (finally) install a pet door for our cat. It will most likely be a model that will install in the laundry room door, the optimal location for it in our house. This brings me to my first ...
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How can I fix a screen door that sticks?

I have a sliding screen door that leads out to a porch/deck. The door continually sticks and is just doesn't slide open cleanly. Otherwise the screen and everything is fine. Is there something I ...
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How to avoid using door trim

I have installed a new pre-hung door that needs to blend in with the surrounding wall. The door is a flat slab and will be painted the same as the wall. I don't want to use door trim as I need a flat ...
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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 does a microwave door interlock work and is a DIY repair feasible?

Our microwave has developed a problem. If the door isn't shut just so, the microwave thinks that it is open. The door can be shut too lightly or too hard to exhibit the problem. Recently it has ...
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What do I need to do to fix stripped door hinge screw holes?

The door to my basement broke. The bottom hinge has three screws; the top and bottom one turn endlessly. You can see the pictures here. I understand that there's a matchstick/toothpick trick, where ...
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How do I remove stickers and residue from a wooden door?

When I was a kid I put a ton of stickers all over my wooden door. In addition, I also taped on posters and pictures. I tried removing the stickers and with some of them having been there for more ...
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How can I stop mice from chewing garage door bottom weather strip?

I noticed that there was a 1" gap between the edge of either side of the bottom rubber weather strip on the garage door and the door frame. Now I see that it is 3-4", and likely being chewed by mice....
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How do I prevent doors on a media cabinet from sagging?

A friend and I have just built a floor to ceiling media shelf unit for DVDs. It has 9 shelves and is about 3' wide. The frame around it is made up of 2"x8" boards and the shelves (except for one in ...
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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 like ...
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Are these interior doors that have split apart salvageable?

Most of the interior doors in my house are these plywood hollow-core things, pretty cheap-looking. Today I saw that two of my closet doors are starting to come apart, as in the photo below: Is it ...
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How to install an electronic door lock?

How can I install an electronic door lock ? Can an electronic door lock be installed on any door ? I am fixing to purchase an apartment in Australia and it will come with a "Solid Core door with ...
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Fixing vintage glass doorknobs with loose glass to brass connection

I have a number of 1930's glass doorknobs which are loose, not at the set screw, but between the glass knob and the brass holder. Nearly every knob in the entire house has the same problem. They all ...
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How do I replace a non-standard (oversize) closet doors?

It's a 70s home and the master bedroom has a wonderfully large closet with a very heavy double-panel sliding door. Beside the obvious drawback that we can't both use it at the same time (opening one ...
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What would cause my door to not close even though it fits in the frame?

I installed a new door on an old frame. However, when I attached the hinges the door doesn't want to close even though I still have plenty of room on the door handle side for it to close. How do I ...
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How do I prevent my screen door from opening too far?

Just bought a new house and I've noticed that when the front screen door opens too wide it knocks into a light fixture hung on the other side of the door. the fixture has started to loosen so ...
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Why doesn't my door close properly after an earthquake?

After the earthquake I noticed our back door has gotten really hard to close. You have to slam it and give it a booty bump in order to get it shut. To open it, I have to use all my weight to yank it ...
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How to deal with seasonal expansion and contraction of wood indoors?

Some doors in my apartment are subject to seasonal changes, similar to what is described here. I made adjustments: shimmed some hinges, shaved off some material here and there with a planer, and the ...
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How do I repair a warped sliding glass door track?

I have a sliding glass door that barely opens and often jumps off the track. The track under the door is bent and chipped. Is this normal wear and tear? Would raising the wheels fix it? Do I need ...
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How do I fix a rotting door frame?

This is a six year old house and I noticed that frame is rotting due to elements of nature. Should I just paint over it? If not, how should I fix this?
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How can I locate the doorbell transformer?

my doorbell stopped working and I tested it with a multimeter and found no current to the box. How do I locate the transformer to replace it?
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Security door with lock guard

I live in a city, and the back door of our condo has a regular wood and glass door that swings inward and a iron security door that swings outward. The security door currently has a deadbolt which un/...
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Door latch hits casing/trim

I was starting to install casing on my doors and while positioning the board I realized the door latch is going to contact the casing (1x4 craftsman) before the strike plate. The solutions I've found ...
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What is the name of this cast metal part inside my lockset?

I have a Baldwin front door lockset that doesn't completely retract the latch when using the thumb lever. The handleset is similar to this: model After dismantling the thumb latch assembly, I ...
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How can I stop wardrobe door from automatically closing?

Every time the right-hand door on my wardrobe gets opened, it slowly but surely accelerates shut again. As you can imagine, this is quite annoying as it blocks light and restricts view. Is there a ...
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What to know before installing cabinet and drawer dampers?

I want to install dampers on my new cabinet doors in my kitchen. When the contractor gave me the price to add these, the cost was over $30 per door. So I decided not to install them. But since then, I ...
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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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Quiet door latch

I have a bathroom door that is quite loud when operated. And when someone goes to the bathroom at night, it innevatibly wakes someone up (and baby room is just across from the bathroom!) there are 3 ...
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Do you really *have* to mortise for hinges and other door hardware?

I am wondering if it's entirely necessary to mortise a door and jamb for hinges and other miscellaneous door hardware. The only thing I can think of is that, in addition to being screwed in, the ...
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Cheap wood-ish replacement for glass panel in door

This question is similar to another one already on SE but this one focuses on the task as a repair issue rather than as a remodeling one. How can I cheaply and easily (I am a layperson) create a ...
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How complicated is it to convert a hinged two door closet to a sliding doors?

As you can see in the picture, we have a massive two door hallway closet. The door is very obstructive in that location and it would be very convenient to have sliding doors. What is involved in the ...
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Why do my new door hinges prevent my door from shutting completely?

I have installed some new standard 3" door hinges with a small corner radius on a 32" door. The doors are solid-core oak doors. The hinges appear to look fine and fit perfectly flush in the existing ...
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Can I make a pre-hung door jamb narrower?

I want to install a new door in my bedroom (replacing a door) with an pre-hung door - standard width is 4 1/2in. The wall is paneled, not dry wall - so the width of the existing jamb is 4 inches. ...
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Best way to cover bedroom doorway that has no door?

I have recently moved to a new 'two room' apartment which I guess was formerly a one room apartment that was that was split in two by a wall whose stability I cannot really vouch for. The main ...
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How do I fix an exterior door knob that will unlock but not turn?

My back door (which is only two years old) has a door knob that recently suddenly stopped turning. I can lock and unlock it, but it just won't turn. Here's a picture of the inside of the door knob: ...
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How can I fit a door in a frame that is too small?

I bought some used French doors to replace a sliding door. The sliding door measured 96" X 60". The French doors measure 96" X 60¼". I made the mistake of not measuring both doors. I just ...
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How do I stabilize a knob on a hollow-core bifold door?

The knobs on all my bifold closet doors are loose and spin around. The knob is mounted in an aesthetically pleasing position in the middle of the door. The problem is that the door is hollow at this ...
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What can I do about pocket doors that are blocked by floor tiles?

I have double pocket doors in my den that I never close. I was going to clean them today, and when I tried to close them they would not close because of the tile being to high. I had the tile put in ...

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