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A screen door for a door that swings out...

My backyard main house door swings outward. It's a solid single steel door, no windows. I liked to install a temporary screen door during the summer that doesn't get in the way of the door closing / locking. Any ideas?
posted by bleucube on Jun 8, 2015 - 10 answers

The cat and the bedroom door

What is the best way to to keep a cat from scratching at the bedroom door at night? [more inside]
posted by 2 cats in the yard on Jun 7, 2015 - 24 answers

Starship Troopers 2: Summer Vacation edition

Is a late June family vacation to Ephraim, WI and Door County bound to resemble a family of four battling black flies and other various and sundry killer insects? If so, how to cope? [more inside]
posted by thenewbrunette on Apr 14, 2015 - 2 answers

How to open an exterior door that is glued shut?

My roommate improperly weatherized an exterior door a few months ago. It is caulked shut and won't open. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by stripesandplaid on Apr 1, 2015 - 17 answers

Stranger rang my doorbell, asked me to call a cab, and left bag on porch

I am female and at home alone right now. A guy I don't know rang my doorbell and asked me to call him a cab. He was dressed somewhat appropriately for winter but looked very cold. I was a little nervous but felt sorry for him--but being alone, I said okay and did not let him into the house. I called him a cab, explained the situation to the dispatcher, and they said they would send over the cab right away. I saw a cab pull away a little while later--same company I called--but it was too dark to tell if the guy was in there. I looked through the front door and saw the guy was gone but that he'd left a plastic bag full of stuff. I can't tell what any of it is aside from a smoking cessation package. Question/s: Should I just pitch it? Is it safe? Should I have not called the cab? I feel like I'm being scammed or the victim of some trick, but I don't know what.
posted by methroach on Feb 28, 2015 - 22 answers

Subaru Forester 1998 Door light

Can you tell me which fuse to pull to kill the door ajar light on the dash of a Subaru Forester 1998? [more inside]
posted by merocet on Feb 8, 2015 - 8 answers

This never happened when I rode a tauntaun.

The passenger side doors on my Honda Odyssey keep freezing shut in cold weather, and last night the windshield iced over on the inside. Do I need to have it checked out, or is that normal? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Feb 3, 2015 - 32 answers

Weatherproofing Patio Door: Remove Knob Before Installing Plastic?

Living at ground zero of Blizzardville, with 55mph winds predicted, I'm belatedly weatherproofing my drafty patio door (via 3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit for Patio Door). Question is: do I remove doorknob, or just drape the plastic over it? Aesthetics aren't a huge issue, I don't mind if the plastic shows. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Jan 26, 2015 - 7 answers

How to fix a cracked center of a hollow wooden door?

IMAGE I need to fix a hollow wooden door, quick and fast. Is this possible? I only need it to look unnoticeable. Doesn't have to be perfect.
posted by bluelights on Jan 5, 2015 - 23 answers

What's the most surefire/easy way to unlock a car door without the key?

I sometimes lock my keys in my car, my friends do sometimes, I like to be uber-prepared, i already carry around jumper cables, and a small repair kit, and I'd like to add a car door unlocker kit to my car. I see a slim jim is a common tool, and an inflatable bag thingy. Is this the best way? Will it damage the paint/car? What are my options? Thanks.
posted by kikithekat on Dec 29, 2014 - 46 answers

How do I restore and maintain my wood front door?

Our house has a really nice front door, which appears to be made out of wood. It looked amazing when we moved in a few years ago. The outside part which is in the sun all the time now looks dull and faded. Pictures within. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Dec 14, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me break into my closet

My closet door handle has broken, on its inside. I can turn the knob freely, but doing so does not move the bolt. I've tried various things to attempt to open the door, but have been unable to do so. What else can I try? More info inside. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Dec 14, 2014 - 18 answers

Is it worth trying dampen sound through a hollow door?

My bedroom door exits into a hallway leading to living room/kitchen, and a fair amount of sound can leak through the door. There is a 1 inch gap at the bottom of the door and a tiny air gap around the sides/top of the door. Given that it is a hollow door, is there any value in trying to "plug" those gaps or should I save up for a more solid door? [more inside]
posted by sputgop on Nov 4, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me decorate a door....

I'm going to be decorating a hotel door soon and I'm TOTALLY cheating by asking for your help.... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Oct 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Storm Door Clip

Does anyone know where I can get this replacement clip for my storm door? Thanks. Picture below: link
posted by askme on Sep 30, 2014 - 2 answers

How does door work?

I have to replace a screen/storm door, and when I measured it, it was 80" x 33 1/3". That's... not a normal size, is it? How do you buy a new screen/storm door when the size is so wonky? They seem to come in 32" and 34" widths, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Sep 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Why, in my house, are the door hinge pins inserted from bottom to top?

I have an older house in Chicago. 1890s. Not sure that is relevant to the age of the doors but regardless, there are three doors (bathroom, two bedrooms) where the hinge pins are inserted from the bottom up. Occasionally this means they fall out when the tension fails to keep them in. Surprisingly this if not that often, maybe twice a year. However it is startling, prob bad for the door, hinge and floor. Anyone know a reason why a hinge may be positioned like this? Or should I just get to work flipping/replacing them?
posted by patrad on Jul 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Painting a Peeling Garage Door

The paint on our wooden garage door is seriously peeling, and I want to re-paint it. How should I go about this? What tools do I need? What kind of paint should I use? Brand recommendations welcome. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jun 23, 2014 - 16 answers

this here doorknob

This door is in the corner of our (soon to be) dining room. It formerly lead to the kitchen but now leads no where and is nailed shut. should we keep the knob on it? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Jun 3, 2014 - 35 answers

What can I say that will get him to lock the door?

What reasons do you have for locking the door? I need a list. [more inside]
posted by AllieTessKipp on May 26, 2014 - 85 answers

Why does the wireless doorbell ring without someone pushing the button?

My office uses a RCWL210A portable wireless chime as a door bell. The push-button part of the system is glued onto the wall next to the security keypad by the door. Sometimes, just entering the keycode to open the door will set off the chime, even though they are not connected at all and nobody pushed the actual doorbell button. Sometimes just raising your hand towards it to key in the code will set it off. What is going on, and how can I stop it doing that? [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Apr 24, 2014 - 5 answers

Stopgap solution for unhinged door

The top hinge of our front door just fell off. What can we do to keep the door securely closed until the contractor arrives in a few days? [more inside]
posted by umbĂș on Apr 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Film noir, "Private Eye" Frosted-Glass Door?

In the process of building my home brewery, I find myself stuck on the idea of having a Sam Spade / Mike Hammer / generic Film Noir door as the entrance. How to get that look and feel without having to go raid the prop lot at a film studio? What are my magic search terms? [more inside]
posted by jpolchlopek on Jan 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Who makes a door like this?

I would like to take the massive sliding doors off my closet, but they seem to be some sort of old-fashioned non-removable monsters. Since they're so big it's a pain to see more than 25% of my clothes at a time, which seems like unnecessary complication.. They're not attached to the rail at the bottom, but the top rail is so tightly fastened that I can't just lift the doors up and off, as most of the online advice seems to be. I tried to unscrew the front door and just angle it out of the the closet frame, but whatever piece is holding it to the roller extends so far into the door that I wasn't able to pull it out. (Now of course I am not having luck at re-screwing the door into the roller, so that's a fun situation). Anyone dealt with this type of door before? I'm renting the apartment, so ideally I'd like to just prop the doors against the bedroom wall or something and hang a curtain in front of the closet. So I can't destroy the doors or anything. Although I have been tempted.
posted by lockstitch on Jan 10, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I fix this door handle that won't latch?

I replaces a door handle and when I put the latch plate in it won't latch, when I remove the latch plate it will latch. I had the same problem with the previous door handle that was their when I moved it. I have tried chisling out the hole deeper until it broke through into some other part of the wall which you can see as a small hole in the video. I also tried move the latch plate up, down, to the left and right and it still won't latch. I took a video of the problem and show how the door wont latch and explain it in more detail. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5NcZtW6BE4
posted by john123357 on Jan 6, 2014 - 16 answers

Hinge issues

Can I fix a noise problem with these covered hinges just by oiling them? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Dec 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Looking for a window into the mind of old time carpenters. Or a door.

So, I have a pane of glass in a wooden frame. If I call this wooden frame a door, the pane of glass is held in place with some pieces of wooden trim tacked down with some finishing nails. But, if I call this wooden frame a window, the pane of glass is held in place with glaziers points and putty. Why is this?
posted by Kid Charlemagne on Oct 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Sealing a door from exhaust fumes. Difficulty level: rental.

There is a door between my apartment and my landlords' garage. On the garage side, the cracks around the door are taped over with some sort of tape, and there is a big piece of styrofoam which blocks noise reasonably well. There is a nice air exchanger system in the apartment. But right next to this door is a bathroom which is a bit of an air circulation dead-end, and still smells a bit exhaust-y on occasion. What additional non-permanent steps can I take, affecting my side of the door, to further seal it off? [more inside]
posted by eviemath on Sep 15, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I un-stick a multi-hinged door?

I live in an apartment with a Juliet balcony and one of those doors with hinges on the sides and bottom, so that when you point the handle upward, the top of the door swings inward for ventilation, and when you turn it to the side, it opens like a normal door, hinges on the right. (Pointing it downward locks the whole deal) ((I'm not sure what they're called, so if anyone knows, that'd be helpful as well)) The bottom-left corner is stuck such that I can open it for top-ventilation, but when I try opening it like a door, the top-left corner moves normally, but the bottom-left remains locked in place. How do I unstick the door hinge?
posted by CrystalDave on Sep 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Dam shower!

I am in the process of a bathroom remodel and am ready to get a door put on my new tub/shower. Please help me figure out whether any modifications should be made to the tile first. I will get my contractor's opinion tomorrow, but seeing as he did the framing/tiling in a way that the shower door guy considers problematic, I wanted to ask the internet for a third opinion. [more inside]
posted by karbonokapi on Sep 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Basement door ruminations

We have a short (maybe 2/3, 3/4 standard height) door leading to the basement, and are contemplating making it a full-height door to have a separate entrance for a home office. Extending the door downwards seems to be the easiest option, but that will place it only a few inches above the basement floor, and I'm concerned about flooding. Is there a way to make this happen that will not increase the risk of flooding? [more inside]
posted by Behemoth on Aug 6, 2013 - 5 answers

That's, like, pretty deep, man

I need over-door hooks that will fit seriously deep doors - about 5cm, possibly a couple of millimetres more. Need to be buyable in the UK. Information about maximum hook depth is incredibly inconsistent and misleading. I have already bought multiple hooks from Amazon that turned out not to have been deep enough. [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Jul 24, 2013 - 17 answers

You are about to be rear-ended. Is it better to open the door?

You are about to be rear-ended. Is it better to open the door? [more inside]
posted by krautland on May 18, 2013 - 26 answers

Help me fix a broken cabinet door/hinge

An unnamed member of my family leaned on an Ikea-type kitchen cabinet door and the screws in the top hinge ripped out a bit of the particle board. [more inside]
posted by gwint on May 14, 2013 - 14 answers

Why have I suddenly started getting electric shocks from my cars?

Every now and then, there will be a few weeks when I get electric shocks as I'm getting out of my cars. Normally they're just a little surprising, but the last few weeks I've been getting steadily stronger shocks that actually hurt / tingle for a while afterwards. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Apr 11, 2013 - 12 answers

How to stop dirt from coming in under front door?

So. I live on the ground floor. My apartment complex hires leafblowers to come and blow leaves and dirt out of the parking lot twice a week. Every time they come to do this, I come home to dirt, in the entryway of my apartment, that has blown in under my front door. It's a new door, with a new rubber guard at the bottom. How can I prevent this from happening?
posted by sevensnowflakes on Apr 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Use another door

So, for about a week, this sign appeared on one of the doors in one of my school buildings. It said "Please use another door." There are only two doors there, so clearly if the one was broken, it could have said, "please use the other door." But it said "another," which struck me as odd. Additionally, it alternated each time I went outside and back in. Could this be some kind of social experiment? There was clearly nothing wrong with either of the doors, as they were being used all day. Isn't that weird? What is it?!?!
posted by kbennett289 on Mar 27, 2013 - 19 answers

Is it legal for my apartment complex to disallow screens on patio doors?

I just got this notice from the leasing office: http://imgur.com/6GUeUeg There is no A/C, no screen door, and no magic they'll provide us to keep mosquitos/flies/bugs from entering through the patio door when it is open. Besides reasoning with them (it's just their policy), what recourse do I have so that I can keep the screen installed on my door? I'm in San Diego, CA. Also FWIW, the screen is far from unsightly. Search for "bug off instant screen" on Amazon.
posted by wuMeFi on Mar 8, 2013 - 19 answers

Help me diagnose my automatic garage door opener weirdness

I have a two-car garage with a LiftMaster automatic garage door opener that is misbehaving and it's driving me crazy. It seems to be randomly just opening the door long after it is closed and I can't figure out why. I've seen the other questions about garage door openers but was hoping for some advice specific to my situation. [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Feb 22, 2013 - 15 answers

Temperamental garage door

Starting a couple of weeks ago, our automatic garage door sometimes goes down about 1/5 of the way and then goes back up. [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Feb 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Low-profile doorknob?

I need a low-profile (sub-2" on the inner side) entry doorknob. Can you recommend one? [more inside]
posted by vorfeed on Feb 5, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I protect a new door from the sun?

Help me decide how to finish our new front door.... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Dec 29, 2012 - 8 answers

How to get my door to automatically shut quietly when I close it.

My door shuts somewhat loudly when I close it and it annoys my roommate. Solutions? (Other than remembering to shut it slowly, which hasn't worked). Ideally I could get some door-stopping device from Amazon, but I'm open to other suggestions. [more inside]
posted by jtothes on Nov 18, 2012 - 18 answers

How to latch a swinging door?

What do you call a deadbolt with two levers? [more inside]
posted by contraption on Oct 30, 2012 - 14 answers

Door Knobs

What is the best and cheapest way of being able to lock your door from the outside with the minimum amount of alteration made to either the door and frame? [more inside]
posted by ashaw on Oct 10, 2012 - 6 answers

How to unlock my front door via bluetooth proximity

Can you suggest a USB motor / solenoid / actuator that can by activated via the command line on my Windows 8 PC? I would like my front door to automatically unlock every time I approach it. Details are as follows: [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Sep 21, 2012 - 11 answers

tehloki and the angry inch

Somebody has decided to remove most of my door handle in an attempt to get into my car, or in a fit of rage, or something. Will getting it repaired through my insurance make my rates go up? Should I try and fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by tehloki on Sep 18, 2012 - 34 answers

About how much is it to replace a garage entry door w/ installation?

I need to replace the entry door to the garage soon, but with an extremely tight budget, limited time, an angry mother, and an asshole older brother. Help! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by HiphopAnonymous on Sep 11, 2012 - 33 answers

Automated Garage Door Broken

After record heat waves here in Wisconsin, one day my automatic garage door closed, and as it touched the ground, I heard the top panel of the door "pop" into place. From that point on, it won't open without someone there to manually lift it through about 50% of the way open. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis on Aug 22, 2012 - 14 answers

What happened to the lock on this door?

Why does my apartment door no longer lock the way it did? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Aug 21, 2012 - 16 answers

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