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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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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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What's the correct way to think about wood's integrity when driving screws?

Wood is usually quite forgiving to us idiots. As long as you keep away from the edges and ends a piece of 2x4 can take more nails and screws than most peoples arms can drive in(nail guns are cheating)....
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How do I soundproof the gap under an interior door over a hardwood floor?

If you really want to go for it, make sure you have a solid core door and install an automatic drop down door seal. An example (no endorsement — I’d try to find something from Pemco): https://www....
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Front door isn't level and has gaps

The door frame is moving, pushing out of square. Whether that's just the door frame or the entire wall would be best examined by the builder, under warranty. On a 2-year-old build, that's not a DIY ...
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What do you call this old-time style of door knob/lock? How can I replace it?

It's a Mortise Lock. So named because of the rectangular mortise in the edge of the door the mechanism fits in, as contrasted with "modern locks" that mostly use intersecting round holes. ...
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Is it reasonable to expect to be able to cut down a cheap slab door to size?

The typical amount of material that is around all 4 sides of the doors that is structural for holding screws for the knob latch and hinges is about 1". It can vary a bit from there. You may find ...
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How can I make it so that locking a deadbolt switches on the porch light?

I am sorry your bikes were stolen, that's awful. I think your plan is sound if fully considered (electrical safety, structural soundness), but burying that switch in your door frame doesn't sound like ...
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How do I soundproof the gap under an interior door over a hardwood floor?

There is another type of draft stopper. It is essentially two pieces of foam tube aka pipe insulation. They are sewn into a cloth sleeve. It slides under the door. One piece of foam on either side of ...
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Why there are two locks on my patio door?

This is an extremely common setup. The top lock is a deadbolt. A deadbolt, within the limits of design (some types of locks are easier to pick than others) and installation (a lock is in a weak door ...
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Repair antique lock

I don't know much about locks but my first guess is that it was a spring and hooked up something like this: the 3 notches would allow adjusting tension. Should be easy enough for you to verify by ...
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How to temporarily remove one hinge on a door with two hinges

Yes, it is possible to hold the weight of the door on shims. Door wedges would be ideal. Otherwise, open the door then jam under whatever will fit. If you're removing the top hinge, the door will ...
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I need help identifying this screw

That's a Torx head, you'll need a Torx screwdriver or drill bit for that. Hard to tell what size from your photo, maybe T25 or T30 at a guess. Easy to find at your local hardware store. Sometimes you ...
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How can I release the latch bolt on this damaged door knob?

That doesn't look like "fell apart". That looks like "was destroyed with a vengeance". You can try to grab onto what's left and pull sideways, but I can't even suggest what to pull ...
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How can I secure an exterior service door with split frame due to forced entry?

As this is an access door to a public part of the condo complex (not a private entrance), and, you're doing research as a condo board member, I'd strongly suggest that this entire door be replaced ...
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What do I need to make my overhead garage door operable?

Step 1, forget the automatic opener. Place it out of your mind and never think of it again. Seriously. "But I'll want a power opener!" Of course, but it's a distraction. The door needs to ...
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How do I fix a new unfinished hollow interior door that got wet and has buckling?

Most hollow doors are made with fiber board and when they get wet, the fiberboard swells and crumbles. I'd take it back to the store and see if they'll replace it. The cost to them isn't worth an ...
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How can I secure an exterior service door with split frame due to forced entry?

Firstly, that isn't a suitable deadbolt strike plate. It's a trim plate, which is intended to be installed over a heaver security plate installed with large screws. Here's an example: source So your ...
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How do I fix a chip in a solid wood sprayed door?

You might be able to pry the chipped piece up just a little, then use either a hypodermic needle with a fairly large needle bore to inject wood glue into the crack, or put wood glue on a thin knife ...
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Search for doorknob

There are door reinforcement plates that provide the same function. I can't tell from your picture if your door knob and reinforcing plate came bundled together.
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My deadbolt isn’t retracting any more and turning it doesn’t do anythjng

That is a broken deadbolt. As you say, it appears to be missing an important component. The Encode uses a tapered deadbolt so that it can more easily be operated by the small motor inside the lock, so ...
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Installing a lock for bedroom door

Interior and exterior latch sets are more or less interchangeable. You remove the current one with the two screws you see here. In some cases the knob can be removed for clearance using a release tab.
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Door size for 32-7/8" door frame

You'll get a much better end result if you install a pre-hung door. Remove all the existing casings and jamb. If you remove the casings carefully, you can reuse them. After removing the casings and ...
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What do you call this old-time style of door knob/lock? How can I replace it?

There are many options for repair or replacement of mortise locks. Parts like knobs in all kinds of materials are available from antique dealers or new. Internal parts like springs are available ...
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How do I deal with misalignment in cabinet doors resulting in gaps?

Those hinges have some adjustment screws, as you can see: #1 moves the door horizontally (when closed). Use it to adjust the gap between doors as well as the relative heights of the doors. #2 lets ...
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How can I make it so that locking a deadbolt switches on the porch light?

Does the idea of an indicator lamp seem sensible? Sure; as a scheme for monitoring the state of something at a distance this has been implemented countless times. Yes, a momentary switch may be ...
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How can reduce swimming pool pump vibration through the ground?

If you can feel the vibration standing next to it that is what's transferring noise into your house. I don't think a barrier will be of much use. My pool pump doesn't make any noticeable vibration. ...
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How can I make it so that locking a deadbolt switches on the porch light?

Googling for 'mortice lock with switch' turns up https://www.adiglobaldistribution.co.uk/Product/DA223 which is precisely what you're asking for, except that it will need an external relay or similar ...
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How can I secure an exterior service door with split frame due to forced entry?

Well, you have short-term and long term issues, assuming that it's even your issue (perhaps you're on the condo board and are presently the person who needs to get this dealt with? Does seem like a &...
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Door size for 32-7/8" door frame

Add a 3/4 inch piece of wood to one side, which will reduce the width to 32 1/8. A 32 inch door would fit nicely.
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