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How can I allow 911 first responders to access a locked residence?

Call your local police department and inquire about a "Knox Box Key". They probably have a master already to open one. You will need to buy the one they suggest or have a locksmith get involved to ...
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Alarms on Doors that have Access to a Pool

Not the answer you are looking for, but: Loud Alarms are What You Really NEED Assuming that the premise is a sound one, that people need to be warned of unexpected/unauthorized entrance to the pool ...
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What is this hook on a strike/panic door?

That is quality, pricey Class I or Class II door hardware. It would be a crying shame to take a hacksaw to it. You didn't buy that from AliExpress... you probably got that from a competent vendor ...
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How to open a door that has the insides of a door handle inside without a door knob

See the lock insides? That's a metal sleeve, with an inside sliding piece. That inside sliding piece is connected to the latch bolt. Push it to the left, and voila! Some additional details. This is ...
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Alarms on Doors that have Access to a Pool

Ask your insurer and defense lawyer Lawyering on whether this rule is really a mandate is probably a waste of time. It's a "best practice" and one easily implemented. Which will create civil and ...
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How to keep screws in a hollow door

I would not mount the latch to the door skin. Even if you can attach it well, chances are you'll pull the skin off the door over time. It's not designed to withstand that sort of stress. Instead, use ...
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How do I feed an ethernet cable through a doorway without damaging the door or wall?

You can buy flat Ethernet cables. I'm betting you could get one under the door and still allow it to be closed. Another option is a powerline Ethernet adapter. This is a set of modules that plug into ...
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How to open a door with no handle

Put something in the square hole that catches (need not be a perfectly fitting square, but round won't work) and turn the latch mechanism.
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Why does the tongue of the door lock stay in the door, and the hole in the door frame?

The doorknob is attached to the door. This allows someone to twist the knob to retract the "bolt" and then, as a part of a continuing motion, pull on the knob to open the door. It's hard to ...
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Do wall-mounted door stoppers with embedded springs provide any advantages over versions without a spring inside them?

The difference I have noticed is the spring models are less likely to be pulled from the wall if they are hit by a stray ankle or vacuum cleaner. They will just deflect out of the way and return to ...
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My apartment door unlocked by itself. Can anyone offer an explanation please?

Either your door lock is defective, or someone is unlocking the door while you are gone (someone with the key, like your landlord, or someone is picking it open).
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How to temporarily remove one hinge on a door with two hinges

Your best bet is to simply remove both hinge pins and remove the door from the frame. Attempting to swing it and prop it open on only one of two hinges will carry a not insignificant risk of the door ...
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What causes standard door hinges to close up to a certain amount automatically?

The two hinges are not exactly one above each other, in 3D. One of them is slightly left, right, front or back, relative to the other. As such, the line going through both hinges forms a vector in ...
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Was my approach to repairing stripped holes in a door jamb appropriate?

Paper towels and glue are both relatively weak. The best thing is wood plus glue. Fortunately most of us have some right sized pieces of wood handy in the kitchen: Toothpicks Clean the hole. Put in ...
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Why would a door be installed without all the hinge screws?

Just some notes: This is just plain lazy. Maybe he forgot but forgetting = lazy. Maybe he ran out of screws. But these are basically the most common type of door screws so again that goes back to ...
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How does a ball bearing door hinge work?

The casing is very thin and its purpose it to keep the bearing's balls in place, protect them from dust and grime and to hold in some lubricant. It doesn't share any load. The hinges are very durable ...
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How can I fix a door with a damaged knob hole?

I'd glue and clamp the wood to put it back together, then install a door reinforcement plate. Interior doors are usually 1-3/8" thick. Exterior are 1-3/4" thick.
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How to keep screws in a hollow door

In the Netherlands (and other parts of Europe) we use a 'patentbout' for this situation. The holes are through the entire door and line up with the shields.
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Gluing two halves of a door together

Slightly contrarian take: start over. (I know, you've done a bunch of work, etc. They call it the sunk-cost fallacy for a reason. Strong butt joints in the rail are possible but hard and would involve ...
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My apartment door unlocked by itself. Can anyone offer an explanation please?

Most likely, someone is entering your home without your permission. That is probably a violation of your local tenant-landlord laws, but there are other actors who may not know about or respect ...
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What is this white bar on my door?

It's a trickle vent. In the UK it is mandatory to have the capability to provide continuous room ventilation without having to open a window or door. The standard way of doing this is with trickle ...
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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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Unlock door with no knob

I would remove the hinge pins and unmount the door. Once removed, the hardware should be visible to remove the bolt assembly.
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Door handle fell off — and we can’t find a replacement screw

The screw is still there: Your original pic: Enhanced for clarity: You need to find a small Allen Wrench which fits the socket in the end of this grub screw. Slide the door handle back on, then use ...
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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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How to open a door with no handle

Put a slotted screwdriver into the square hole snugly, corner to corner, and turn either clockwise or counter clockwise.
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Where to locate knobs on bifold doors that must be opened and closed from both sides?

Welcome to the world of flush mount, flush ring mount. Nothing is sticking out and in your way. There are many options in finish, sizes and you can mount them on both sides. Source: Amazon
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How can I repair a puncture in a hollow-core wooden door?

You can't. Wood doesn't "pop back out". The wood is actually broken. If you just want to repair it structurally, then filling in with something like a suitable epoxy and sanding would work. ...
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Is it possible to replace just the antique locks or will I need to get whole new doors?

If you really have your heart set on replacing the lock sets on those, I'd recommend taking the whole door off with the handle and hinge included and taking it to an architectural recycler. As noted ...
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