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Staircase doors are only really suitable for areas that don't see much use. (Basements and attics used primarily for storage, for example.) They're annoying to open since you have to either reach down to the ground or above your head, and need to pull against gravity to use them. This damages the usability of the space, not so much on a practical level, but ...


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The knob hole looks larger than the knob. I want to know if the hole is 2-1/8" (54mm) diameter. If it is, then you have a standard doorknob hole, but the wrong doorknob assembly. If it is larger than 2-1/8", then have the landlord or home insurer fix it, because this is a big, big mistake! What were they thinking? There is no reason I know of to drill ...


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metal door != plaster Plaster (or I suspect, drywall patching compound) is for drywall. Would work somewhat on wood. Metal? Not so much. I wouldn't use a white cover - it won't be exactly the same white, unless you paint it too. I'd recommend a metal cover in the same (or similar) finish as the lock. Something like this plate goes around the front back and ...


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I'm guessing the outer ring of the back-plate unscrews to reveal the two machine screws that hold the handles on the door. It looks like the face of the door was drilled too big for the chosen handle. The proper fix is to replace the handles with ones designed for that size of hole or to replace the door. it may be possible to cut a ledge around the ...


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Yes, this can be remedied by using a "goof plate" pictured below. If the outer diameter of the lockset is 2" or larger this plate will work. I do believe they make smaller ones if the lockset is smaller. The UPC for this product is 049793095244- Model # U-9524. Package includes 2 pieces-One for each side.


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In case someone comes across this in a future search, here is what I did on a similar project: First, I used an oscillating saw with a plunge bit to cut the nails—-much easier than a sawzall. I used little magnets to sweep along the face of the stucco mould and locate them, then I plunged in from the side to cut them. I cut the paint with a utility blade ...


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Just spend $15 on a cheap privacy knob. You can use the provided pin key to open the door. If you go with the same brand as is on there now (so it mates with the bolt latch), it's a 60 second install.


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After thinking a bit I found two methods that do not require buying specialized hardware, and cause no damage to the door: 1) Tie the door handle to a heavy weight (e.g. a full bucket) that children cannot move 2) Close the door, then unscrew and hide the door handle


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Most of the sound getting through doors is the result of small gaps. If you have taken care of that, FOR SURE, then you are most of the way there. One large often overlooked aspect however is the door seal on the bottom against the threshold, because the door needs to open over carpet or something. So to facilitate a good soundproof seal, you have to use an ...


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You could try an acoustic curtain. You could build an interior door to make your exterior door more like an air lock and then sound proof that door/wall to your hearts content.


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I believe a kitchen knife will work, if you do not have any screwdrivers in your apt by sticking the pointed end in the square hole and turning the mechanism.🙂


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Stick a slotted screwdriver into the square hole and turn it counterclockwise...


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I'd think about adding a shim piece between the door frame and the hinge plates. You'd be widening that gap but you'd be reducing the gap you're concerned with.


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You can install a cover plate: Obviously the screw heads have to be hard to open after installation.


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Removing linseed oil from wood doors is not a difficult process. Simply apply turpentine to the doors with a rag in a circular motion until the linseed oil starts to dissolve. Let the turpentine sit for 10 to 20 minutes. then wash them down with warm, soapy water.


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Since you already have the holes drilled, it seems you will need to make this work somehow. The latches that are supplied in many new lock sets typically have a few face plate options for the strike bolts. Since these types of doors are made to accept dead bolts at the place they are assembled, you will have to use the option that has no face plate for the ...


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Your first option is to see if there is any addition to the door jamb that can be removed to give you a standard width. Sometimes there is additional molding added that may appear to be one piece, but it can be removed. If it's not trim, you may even be able to modify the jamb with a router to give you a little extra size on either edge (more advanced, but ...


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I've owned my home for 21 years, and have had to replace my doorbell switch twice. What happens is typically corrosion and dust collection, and if enough builds on the points, the circuit can't get enough current for it to ring/too much voltage is dropped across the switch. It's cheap and easy enough to replace, and they're built accordingly - IP 55 rated ...


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