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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 kind of (1950s era) lock is this

My home, built in the late 1950s, has these cute little additional locks on top of the main doorknobs to many of the interior rooms. I can't seem to find the correct term for these locks, which would ...
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How do I replace a door hinge with no screws?

Any ideas on how I can remove this ugly looking hinge that snapped. One end of the hinge has no screws and is soldered onto the door. Any help is much appreciated. EDIT: Ok, I followed @Chris ...
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Can I repair hairline cracks in a solid wood exterior door with clear silicone caulk?

My front doors have several small hairline cracks around the door panels. I would like to seal them. Can I use clear silicone caulking without damage to the stained surface? Do I need to clean or prep ...
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How can I open my garage door from the outside with a dead opener?

This morning I found myself locked out of my garage. My interior wall opener isn't working and neither is the remote. The light on the interior pad is out, suggesting a loss of power. Unfortunately, ...
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How can I find out where a door is sticking? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Doors are sticky and noisy when opened? We have several old doors in our house, with possibly a great deal of paint build up on them. As a result they are very difficult to ...
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Garage Door stops and returns to original position

Lately my garage door has been stopping when it gets about 2ft from the closed position and then returns to the original position. Nothing is blocking the sensors and the tracks don't seem to have ...
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At what height should a door knob be?

I'm installing a few new doors, and bought slab doors to save some money. I have a jig for boring the door knob holes, but I'm not sure where on the door to put the hole. Is there a standard height ...
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How do I know if my wood front door's finish is weather proof?

We just moved into a new home. The wood front door is semi-sheltered by a small porch. The front of the house has southern exposure and has the most exposure to the weather. There was an unsightly ...
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How can I block or fill out a letterbox hole in my door?

I have a letterbox in my front door that is never used, so I would like to remove it and fill the hole, preferably so it doesn't look like there was ever one there. Or insert something that fills the ...
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Tips for measuring a front door opening?

I'm getting ready to replace my front door with a brand new pre-hung door and have some questions regarding collecting measurements. Where exactly should I measure? I've heard people use the phrase "...
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How do I replace mortise locks with bored cylindrical locks?

I purchased an older home that has mortise locks in all of the doors. They're all very difficult to use and some of them don't work at all, making the doors difficult to impossible to close. Since I'm ...
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How can I install these pre-hung doors?

OK so I got about 20 interior prehung 6-panel doors with trim from Lowe's for $50 a piece. I was buying a lot of stuff they wanted to get rid of. Now putting up 8 news doors in a house. All of the ...
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How should I mount a sliding closet door track?

I'm looking for input on my intended plan of action. I'm drywalling a room, closet included. The closet track is to be mounted on a crossbeam running the width of the closet. The crossbeam is ...
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How do I install a pre-hung door in a thick exterior wall?

I live in an old DC rowhouse; it was built in 1908. I'd like to replace the house's two slab-hung exterior doors with newer pre-hung models with full-length lites to increase the natural light and to ...
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What is the point of this doorway “header”, and can I simply remove it?

We're remodeling a room with a severely undersized doorway - it is much shorter than the standard 6'8", so much so that I hit my head on the jamb if I don't duck when walking through it. After ...
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Best insulation to adhere to back of door leading to attic space?

In the closet of an upstairs bedroom, there is a door about 3/4 the size of a normal door that leads to an unheated attic space. It gets pretty chilly in that closet during the winter months, since ...
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Fill groove in MDF door

I'm painting some MDF doors, and noticed that someone appears to have run a stanley knife over one of them, perhaps whilst removing them from their packing. I've sanded the area back as much as I can,...
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Replacing original 1950s exterior door with new prehung: threshold question

I'm about to replace the original 1950s era back door on my house with a pre-hung. I'm planning this as a DIY job and have watch plenty of videos, but one thing that hasn't been well addressed is what ...
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What type of header is needed for a door opening in load bearing concrete wall?

I have a walkout basement with a covered front porch 4'x 9', so the space under the porch is surrounded with concrete 9" walls. I want to cut a door in the basement in the concrete wall, empty the ...
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What are my options for making up for a narrower replacement door jamb?

We just replaced an old sliding glass door in our house, but the new unit has a jamb that is about 1.5 inches narrower then the old jamb. We've decided to do a decorative tile strip for the floor, but ...
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What causes seasonal doors and how do you prevent it?

I understand that wood expands and contracts based on temperature, humidity, and other factors... However in our house the doors are really subject to seasonal changes. For instance my bedroom door ...
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Where can I get a new key for an old lock?

There are two locks on my apartment door. The key to the bottom lock was lost long ago - before I moved in - and we now just use the top lock. The bottom lock is probably 50-60 years old and doesn'...
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Remove plastic film from the outside of a metal door?

I forgot to remove the plastic protective film from the outside of a metal door. The door is white prime/painted. I was able to remove the film from the inside of the door, but the outside is baked on ...
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Rip old door in half?

I've got a 26.5"x79" rough opening for a storage space under my staircase. I'd like to install a double door where each door is about a foot wide an hinges out. A ball latch in the top casing could ...
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How do I move the strike plate on my bedroom door down by 1 cm?

My bedroom door in my apartment won't stay shut. It seems the strike plate is about 1 cm too high. I will need to lower it. If I lower it, I will need to drill 2 new holes. I think if I do so, the ...
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How to repair (or hide) chipped kitchen cabinets

Our tired old kitchen is getting a make-over! Is there a method to repair damaged laminate-chipboard cabinet doors? As you can see in the photo the base has chipped away and it is very flaky. I'm ...
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Preventing a door from slowly opening itself [duplicate]

This is pretty simple but I don't know how to describe it. There's a door that if left open half way it opens all the way by itself. I'm not sure if it's on an angle and gravity is doing it. How do I ...
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How can I have a light turn on when a pocket door is opened?

I'm building a new home with quite a few pocket doors and would like to know if there is a way for the pantry and utility room lights to come on when the pocket door slides open.
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What can we do about previously filled holes so I can varnish wood?

We have bought a house that has nice wooden doors, but holes in them have been filled ready for painting. We would prefer to varnish the wood - what can we do about the white filling in the holes?
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What are the pros/cons of installing floors before doors?

I've heard contractors say to install doors first then flooring, and others suggest the opposite. I'm installing new 3/4" prefinished flooring and new doors/closets (prehung wood/ primed white). What ...
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How can I fix an exterior door that is hard to close?

when I try to close the laundry door it ovelaps the jamb on the handle side. I can only close it by banging it hard against the jamb. The gap at the top of the door increases as it gets closer to the ...
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Changing the window in an exterior door

We were given a new fibreglass door but it is RH instead of LH. How do we change the window so it will be facing the right direction?
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Replacing a door handle with no visible screws

I am trying to replace a door handle that doesn't have any visible screws. I am assuming the first step is to remove this faceplate that probably conceals the screws underneath, however the plate does ...
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How should I touch up my exterior door's paint after changing hardware?

After installing some new locks and handles, I realized that the previous owners didn't have the entire door painted but rather it was only around the hardware. I have the paint color and paint type, ...
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How do I find doors of unorthodox sizes?

I have three doorways in close proximity to one another, and I want to replace the doors in them. Aside from one door being completely absent, the other two have numerous problems, including gaps at ...
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Should an exterior door frame always be flush with the interior drywall?

I just had my basement door replaced. The close-to-finished product looks something like this picture; Note that this door is inside a "tunnel like" frame (which means the door can only open 90 ...
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How to build a door shared by two jamb openings

To save space in a small apartment, I want to build a door into the bathroom that when closed, will (obviously) shut off the full bathroom, but when the door is open (opens inwards) will close off the ...
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How to add insulation to a hollow core exterior door?

During some renovations to my house and I removed some wood-paneling and uncovered an exterior door. The door faces west, so it gets the late afternoon sun and in Phoenix, the door gets hot. ...
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Can't remove Schlage knob

I live in a 60 year old house with several old Schlage door knobs as in this photo: There is a small hole in the collar and two smaller holes on each knob. Pushing small sharp objects in the hole in ...
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How do I vent metal doors?

I need to vent our metal utility closet doors. 1 3/4 inch thick metal doors. Need to supply ventilation so the heat exchange water heaters will work more efficiently. Now the closets become freezing ...
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Do I need anything over the wall board around wood trimmed garage door openings?

I am replacing all the wood trim around my garage door openings. The trim butts to vinyl siding with j-channel. The siding at the top of the doors had no flashing or trim cap and that is where the ...
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How to Replace Exterior Door & Casing in Old House

My house is about 100 years old. The door jamb is about 10" wide. I've replaced a few doors before, but all of them had standard jams. I'm not sure how to go about replacing this. I'm assuming I need ...
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Should door jamb be lifted off subfloor or touching?

Simple question: when installing a custom made door jamb, should it be sitting directly on top of the subfloor or be lifted up a little (like drywall is lifted 1/2", for example)?
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Can I convert a basement window to a door?

We have a poured concrete basement, serving as the foundation of our home, which was built in 2008 in central Minnesota. The basement has 3 vinyl windows, the sills of which are around 1' above grade....
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My door doesn't close without having to push it upwards first [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I rehang a wooden door with worn screw holes? I just moved into this room and the door wasn't closing properly, so I took the door off, screwed the hinges in properly ...
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What is a heavy, dense wood for a soundproof door assembly I am putting together?

I am going to attempt to create my own door assembly (frame, door, etc) for my soundproofing project and am looking for very dense, heavy wood. The first wood that comes to mind is oak, but I suspect ...
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What is this door hardware called?

Can someone help me out and let me know what these are called? I'm looking on a DIY site to order one but can't work out what these are called to be able to find them. As you can see in the picture,...
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How to fit a new door in a narrower frame?

I would like to replace a door which has non standard dimensions. The door itself is old, 8 cm wider and 5 cm taller than current doors. It is also very expensive to order a new door for these ...
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How do I seal around a door to make the opening more sound-proof?

I live in an apartment condo. The noise from the very loud neighbour comes through the door spaces. I wish to seal off all of her noise. My walls are brick and are good. But the door going out to ...
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How can I replace the roller mechanism on this door?

I have a cupboard in my kitchen that has a roller front door. A few months ago the roller mechanism broke. I need an inexpensive solution for replacing it. I have looked around but can't find a ...