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Wood glue versus epoxy for doweling stripped screw holes

Wood glue, hands down. Wood glue is designed to penetrate the wood for a tighter bond. Properly done, wood glue is stronger than the surrounding wood. I have chairs I've wood glued and clamped and ...
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Broken door jamb - What's the easiest way to fix this?

You should drill out the hole with a large drill bit and glue in a wooden plug. Then you can drill a pilot hole into that and screw the bracket into that. Toothpicks will work in the short term but ...
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Do I need this special strike plate on my laundry room to garage entry? It's creating problems with a new lock

That little plunger is called a dead latch. It requires precise and correct alignment between the door latch and the strike plate with no excuses. The purpose of a dead latch is that if it is held in, ...
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What are these fasteners on this hinge?

Looks like they used rivets. The only way to remove them, is to destroy them (drill them out).
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Broken door jamb - What's the easiest way to fix this?

I might get barked at for suggesting this, but take toothpicks and jam them into the holes - as many as you can. Then just break them off so it's flush with everything else. I've done it before and ...
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Is there such a thing as hardwired/powered keyless door locks?

The word you're looking for is "Electric strike". In this system, the door latch is not powered or operated at all. The door striker plate is. In essence the door frame lets go of the door. ...
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Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?

You could just chill out. Putting up bars or plastic on that door is truly ghetto. Doors like this are not inherently unsafe at all. Your door is appropriate for your neighborhood. Your door ...
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Why do we screw doors into the doorframe rather than the studs?

Properly installed, at least some of the screws should go thru frame and into studs. The short screws are mostly there to keep everything aligned while a pre-hung door-and-frame set is assembled and ...
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Fix stripped screws in a doorframe

In order of my personal preference: Option 1: Go Go Gadget Screws Get longer screws that reach the framing. Don't run them in so tight as to pull the jamb out of position. All-thread screws might ...
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Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?

You could consider attaching a thick acrylic or other plastic panel that covers the interior of the glass and is firmly screwed to the door. The edges can then be covered with molding. Such plastics ...
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What are these fasteners on this hinge?

Those look like rivets to me. You can simply drill the rivets out to release the hinge, however reinstalling the door could be complicated. A simple solution is to drive out the swivel pin from the ...
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How do I plumb a door that has spring-hinges?

Your assumption about #2 is incorrect. Steel flexes and bends more easily than wood in many cases, and it's a matter of moving rather than bending anyway. That's mostly like the best fix here. #3 ...
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Broken door jamb - What's the easiest way to fix this?

If this is the spring for a screen door, which is looks like, try just moving the bracket up or down 1/4" or so. There's usually enough slop in those things that you can do it, and you'll have new ...
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Where to sit a door in a doorway through concrete wall?

If the door is "in the wall" it's going to partially block the opening, as it can only swing to 90 degrees, more or less. If the door is in the timberframe, it can swing more fully out of ...
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Is this frame ready to put a door on?

TL;DR advice: find a door with a frame that's smaller than your opening by about 12mm. When you buy a door, you're typically purchasing the door with the jamb/frame and sometimes the threshold is ...
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What are these fasteners on this hinge?

Called 'pop' rivets in the UK, also 'blind' rivets, since you don't have to have access to the other side on the part receiving the rivet. Be careful drilling out, as the centre pin is steel, and the ...
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Do I need this special strike plate on my laundry room to garage entry? It's creating problems with a new lock

That backing plate could provide some added security. With a metal door the jamb is the weakest link so the plate, if properly installed could help. It should be possible to install both strike ...
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How can I fix a hole in a hollow wooden door?

Not worth the time and effort. Replace the door.
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How do I repair this interior door?

I would try applying some wood glue into the split with a small brush. Sandwich the door between two 2x4's with some clamps. It may help to put some wax paper on the 2x4 to keep any glue from ...
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Broken door jamb - What's the easiest way to fix this?

Filling the holes with tooth picks is good for restoring the wood for screws that don't go through too much stress. I would definitely use glue when going that route. The issue here is, the wood of ...
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Is there such a thing as hardwired/powered keyless door locks?

There are mechanical combination locks.
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Is there such a thing as hardwired/powered keyless door locks?

I've seen hinges that carry power in commercial settings. I became aware of one in an office I worked in, when it started having issues and heated up a bit. A bit of googling and I found that ...
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How to Reduce Hinge Mortise Depth

Shims. Go to the local home center and get some of the (free?) laminate counter top samples in the kitchen cabinet section, they are about 3x5 inches. I then cut them to the same size as the hinge ...
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How accurate does a door rough-in need to be?

The reason for a rough opening is so that it CAN be rough in dimensions. Your opening should be no problem. Rough openings are made larger to accommodate headers and floors than out of level, adjacent ...
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What are these fasteners on this hinge?

A (usually) reversible way to remove a door is to drive out the hinge pins. Pry off the bottom caps and then from below insert a "drift" or a large nail and tap with a hammer. Before prying off the ...
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Wood glue versus epoxy for doweling stripped screw holes

Wood glue, always. Sandpaper the dowel and hole to give a better surface for the glue to hold.
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How to repair a bulged exterior door threshold?

Step 1: Properly size the support lumber What we see there looks like more than just swelling to me. It seems like someone jammed a full-thickness two-by in there out of haste. Swelling was just the ...
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Can I remove prehung door from frame when installing?

In response to your question about a door being difficult to install the frame right without a door, getting the door frame square, following the walls, besides plumb on the sides and level at the ...
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How do I plumb a door that has spring-hinges?

If your drawing is accurate, I'd start out by chiseling, or routing out a small amount of wood in the recessed area where the top two hinges mount into the wooden door and see if that gives you enough ...
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Is this frame ready to put a door on?

Unless you want to wait, maybe a long time, for a custom door, you need to see what door sizes are available at your lumber or home store. Then you add to your frame so the door will fit. You'll want ...
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