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How to fix gap between residential door and door frame?

Handyman filter: we hired someone to install a new door in our rented house, but there is a gap between one side of the door and the frame. How to fix? [more inside]
posted by halfguard on May 29, 2010 - 12 answers

Locking doorknobs - can default settings be changed?

My 8-yr-old house has Schlage doorknobs, of the type with a lock in the middle of the knob. When the lever in the middle of the knob is pushed and turned, door is locked. (Vertical position = unlocked, horizontal = locked) When you turn the knob, even if the door is locked, you can still get out (good for emergencies). Problem is, when you do that, the door does not unlock permanently. So visitors are sure to lock themselves out! In other words, it works like a hotel room door. Is there a way to change the default setting, such that even if you lock the knob, once you turn the knob to open the door the latch UNLOCKS? (I tried to find a picture online but cannot find one)
posted by Kentucky on May 19, 2010 - 6 answers

Girl next door and marriage viability.

Several years ago I read a small stack of relationship books. I swear it was in Maggie Scarf's Intimate Partners, but having re-read that one cover to cover looking for the precise blip it is not in that one. Do you know of any anthropology or psychology or sociology academic study which (perhaps famously and/or authoritatively) concludes: the best prediction of relationship success is you grew up in the same (or very similar) neighborhoods? Google pulls up a million results but not the one I am looking for. [more inside]
posted by bukvich on May 9, 2010 - 2 answers

Locked in an Open Room

How can a wheelchair-bound lady get through doors with heavy springs? [more inside]
posted by Acari on May 4, 2010 - 13 answers

Un-warp a solid wood interior door?

Un-warp a solid wood interior door? [more inside]
posted by wkearney99 on Feb 25, 2010 - 9 answers

Door-window coverings in a rental?

The house I'm renting has uncovered windows in the front and back, which aren't ideal privacy-wise. I'm looking for advice on how to tastefully, non-permanently (no screws) add some more privacy without just taping butcher paper over the windows. Is something like this possible without being tacky? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Palomar on Jan 26, 2010 - 22 answers

This door is secured, sir!

I've got Weslock doorknobs in my new house... which I can remove easily, except for the ones with privacy latches, like the bathroom doors. The privacy latch is a little button on the side of the door with the collar that's supposed to rotate so that you can access the screws underneath it. How do I get it out of my way? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Jan 20, 2010 - 12 answers

Horny Cat is Trapped in the Bathroom

An insane cat has managed to lock herself in the bathroom. The handle looks like this from the outside, where I am. The lock, on the cat's side of the door, is a small metal piece that you push in with your thumb to lock and pull out to unlock. Other than breaking down the door, what can I do? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet on Jan 4, 2010 - 21 answers

What's this plastic garbage called, and can I replace it and not the whole door?

I'm moving out of a house I'd rented, and my dogs at one point had eaten the plastic "trim" pieces that are on the outside of the back door, which is your average metal-framed swinging with a big full-length dual-paned glass window. the damage isn't really to the door or the glass; it's to this stupid plastic trim that's around and within the glass that makes up a grid of squares. I don't know what this trim is called. Bonus question: Can I just replace the trim and not the door? Home Depot was, unsurprisingly, unhelpful.
posted by SpecialK on Dec 7, 2009 - 8 answers

Word for steel gates pulled down over storefronts at night?

Is there a specific word for those rolling, pull-down gates that cover up storefronts in old-school cities (Brooklyn, Barcelona) at night? Here's a picture of the kind of gates I mean. [more inside]
posted by jcruelty on Nov 9, 2009 - 28 answers

soundproof bathroom

How to best soundproof an existing downstairs 1/2 bath with hollow core door? [more inside]
posted by neelhtak on Nov 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Help! My door knob is stuck and I'm trapped in my room!

Help! I'm stuck in my bedroom. The knob won't turn much either way and won't come unlatched. The only person who has a key to my house is out of town, so I can't even call a locksmith and have him let in. How can I get out of my bedroom? The door knob is the kind with screws only on the exterior. I've tried to slide a credit card in, but that did not yield results. Anyone have any advice to help me get out of my room?
posted by birdlady on Oct 7, 2009 - 115 answers

Please help me put together a remote office door unlock system for a local non profit.

At secure offices, you have to get buzzed in the door. Help me build one of those systems for a local non-profit. Bonus points for inexpensive and practical for home use too! [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Sep 30, 2009 - 13 answers

Girl next door and marriage viability.

Several years ago I read a small stack of relationship books. I swear it was in Maggie Scarf's Intimate Partners, but having re-read that one cover to cover looking for the precise blip it is not in that one. Do you know of any anthropology or psychology or sociology academic study which (perhaps famously and/or authoritatively) concludes: the best prediction of relationship success is you grew up in the same (or very similar) neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by bukvich on Sep 17, 2009 - 0 answers

knob/crack positioning

On which side of the folds of a pair of bifold closet doors go the knobs?...... [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on Aug 29, 2009 - 12 answers

Did somebody shoot my car?

Did somebody shoot my car? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Aug 9, 2009 - 20 answers

how to mount plexiglas on stainless steel fridge?

I have a stainless steel fridge and a toddler who is learning to walk. I want to mount a sheet of plexiglas over the bottom portion of the door to prevent it from getting dented. I would like this to look decent and be non-permanent so I can remove it when we eventually move. Any ideas on how I could do this? All I can think of is using some kind of tape, but I think that would sag after a while. Bonus for suggestions on how to also stick stuff to the plexiglas so that I can post up my kid's artwork (the stainless steel is non-magnetic).
posted by kenliu on Jul 25, 2009 - 22 answers

Door within a door

Is there a specific name for the little door-within-a-door often seen on prison cells that are used to pass food through?
posted by jontyjago on Jun 18, 2009 - 12 answers

Click. Click.

What is the use of double locks? Not two separate lock, just the kind of lock that you can turn once (which locks the door) and then another time, in the same direction (which locks the door... more?). [more inside]
posted by Skyanth on May 27, 2009 - 13 answers

Quick rusty door fix.

My outside metal door is rusting. Is there a quick fix or do I need to sand, prime and repaint? The rust is more of a discoloration than deep rust.
posted by boby on May 16, 2009 - 6 answers

How to put a curtain on a metal door.

How can I put a curtain on a non-magnetic metal door? [more inside]
posted by robinpME on Apr 30, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me get started with electronics

DIY RFID door lock. [more inside]
posted by dance on Apr 2, 2009 - 5 answers

What does the inside of my car door look like?

I'm replacing the 6.5" door speakers on my 1999 Chevy S-10 (regular cab) and I have two questions. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Feb 13, 2009 - 5 answers

What would happen if I closed a car door on my leg?

I have an ongoing fear of slamming my own leg in my own car door when getting into the car. [more inside]
posted by bchaplin on Feb 9, 2009 - 28 answers

When did the refrigerator become message central?

What did the refrigerator door become "the place" to hang kids' art, notes etc.? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Jan 18, 2009 - 15 answers

Can't get the lock together

Can you help me get this door to lock behind me? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Jan 17, 2009 - 8 answers

Music

Can you remember the 1970s disco songs that start with sound effects such as machine gun fire, door opening slowly , and a man laughing ominously? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru on Dec 22, 2008 - 5 answers

fixing hollow, too-short door

I need to cheaply sound-insulate a door that has two issues: it's hollow, and it has half-inch gaps at its top and bottom. [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Dec 5, 2008 - 14 answers

Is dirty latex safe?

Compost & painted wood walls, is it a good mix? [more inside]
posted by pokeedog on Sep 30, 2008 - 10 answers

Balcony Door Secret

Do theater balcony doors have secret unlocking mechanisms? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Aug 24, 2008 - 2 answers

I need a locking doorknob.

I need to install a key-locking doorknob on my bedroom door. What sort of options do I have, and can I do this myself? [more inside]
posted by Verdandi on Aug 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Car Door Lock Malfunction

When I lock my car with the remote, approx every 1 in 5 times the drivers door doesn't lock. I hear the mechanism activate, but I can see that the little lock handle on the inside of the door only moves halfway. Similar thing happens on unlock. What's going on here and who can fix this - my regular mechanic wasn't able to help. [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Aug 3, 2008 - 9 answers

Cat door that reads 10 digit RFID microchips?

Is there a cat flap and/or cat door that works with 10 digit microchips? There is one available in Europe that only reads 15 digit microchips--most microchips in the U.S. are only 10 digits. Are we yankees to go without our RFID cat flaps? [more inside]
posted by scrumtralescent on Jun 20, 2008 - 4 answers

What are some well designed, very secure interior door manufacturers?

What manufacturers should I be looking at in searching out a very secure (i.e. 3 point lock) but stylish interior door to act as the entrance into a condo unit? [more inside]
posted by serial_consign on Jun 18, 2008 - 6 answers

Catfilter: How to stop a cat from trying to run out the door when the door opens?

How do I keep the cat from running out the front door every single time it's opened? [more inside]
posted by agent99 on Jun 16, 2008 - 13 answers

New Steps at Side Door

I need new steps at the side door of my house. Who should I get to build/install them, and what should they be made out of? [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek on May 5, 2008 - 4 answers

Window or portable AC in a glass door?

How can I install a window air conditioner in a patio door? Are there special things I can buy to seal the top portion, or will I need to assemble something on my own? [more inside]
posted by bsdfish on Apr 12, 2008 - 10 answers

The mystery of the open garage door

Why did I find my garage door open this morning? I haven't opened it with the garage door opener entry pad for several days, and I know it was closed completely the last time I used it. [more inside]
posted by wexford_arts on Jan 25, 2008 - 20 answers

Learn the Toilet Paper Dispenser Tricks of the Professionals for just $19.99!

You walk into a public toilet stall. There is a metal toilet paper roll holder. One of two annoying situations is happening. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jan 11, 2008 - 27 answers

How do I keep the French out (or is that in)?

How do I secure french doors open enough to let air in, but not the boogey man? [more inside]
posted by taff on Jan 7, 2008 - 16 answers

Should I worry about my car's detached door seal?

The rubber door seal has come off the door of my car -- how big a problem do I have? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Dec 23, 2007 - 16 answers

Help me protect my stuff

How can I convince my roommate (college dorm room) in a non-awkward way that we need to lock the door? [more inside]
posted by martinX's bellbottoms on Nov 2, 2007 - 66 answers

soundproofilter!

Our bedroom has a door-another entrance to the apartment. We don't used said door but it leads into the staircase and we hear people going in and out at both fairly late and fairly early times. More importantly, the dog hears them too. I'd like to soundproof the door with materials that can be fairly easily removed when we move out (renters), and that are not that ugly either. [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Oct 17, 2007 - 13 answers

How do I kidproof a front door?

How do I kid-proof a front door? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Oct 12, 2007 - 21 answers

Sliding glass "cat-io" door?

Want to install a cat flap in a sliding glass 'patio' door. Your experiences? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Oct 5, 2007 - 13 answers

Anti-puppy door screen?

Our dog is demolishing the wooden door of our rental with its scratching. We will have to fix it but not before we work out how to prevent it happening in future. How can we protect it cheaply and effectively? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Aug 10, 2007 - 13 answers

Honey, look at that moon!

The very-soon-to-be misses and I will be driving from Chicagoland to Door County, WI -- Little Harbor, to be exact -- this weekend as a mini-honeymoon. Is there anything we should make a point to see along the way? How about from there to Madison?
posted by jammer on May 16, 2007 - 25 answers

help me find hidden door pulls!

We're finishing up our kitchen and it looks great. the final piece is the door/drawer pull. we are looking for those really unobtrusive chrome pulls that mount to the bottom of the cabinet door ('L' shaped) and we can't find them anywhere. anyone know what i'm talking about? what their called? where to find them?
posted by oigocosas on May 9, 2007 - 8 answers

Where to buy an electric door strike?

Where can I buy an electric door strike near Burlington, Ontario? [more inside]
posted by Sonic_Molson on Apr 3, 2007 - 1 answer

Apartment Security: How can I make my particular set of door and windows more secure, on a budget?

Apartment Security: How can I make my particular set of door and windows more secure, on a budget? Details inside re. my existing setup. [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Mar 22, 2007 - 12 answers

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