Doors

Browse these projects, tips and ideas for all the doors in your home for ways to make them energy efficient, update the hardware and repair closing issues.

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  • Tips for Hanging Doors

  • A veteran carpenter shares his secrets about how to hang a door plumb and true even if the rough opening isn't perfect. Even a novice can master…

  • Fix a Storm Door Closer

  • Strong winds or heavy use can crack the door jamb that holds the storm door closer in place. A jamb reinforcer can repair the cracked jamb, or…

  • How to Remove a Door

  • Remove a door quickly and easily without pinching fingers or marring the door, the trim or the floor. Do it in four simple steps.

  • Install a Hydraulic Door Closer

  • Garage service doors and other fire-rated doors need self-closing hinges, but for a few dollars more you can upgrade to a hydraulic door closer…

  • How to Weatherstrip Doors

  • Weatherstripping old entry doors is simple and inexpensive, but there are a few tricks of the trade that will make the installation trouble-free.

  • Replace a Peephole With a Door Viewer

  • Tiny front door peepholes don’t show much, especially if you have poor vision. Get a fuller view with a large in-door viewer that creates an…

  • Left-Hand Door vs Right-Hand Door

  • Use this simple method to tell the difference between a left- and right-hand door. It’ll help eliminate the guesswork when ordering the proper…

  • How to Weatherstrip a Door

  • Stop energy-wasting air leaks around entry doors by installing a weatherstripping kit with a foam flange or vinyl bulb. Use a door sweep to…

  • Storm Door Replacement

  • New storm doors are easier to install, with plenty of standard sizes to fit almost any entryway—but there are still tricky spots. Follow…

  • 9 Tips for Painting Doors

  • Painting doors? Proper preparation, the right tools and materials and good technique make a huge difference. Use these pro tips to make an old…

  • How to Rekey a Door Lock

  • Learn to rekey your entry and deadbolt locks like a pro, and at a fraction of the cost, using a rekeying kit. Instead of calling a locksmith…

  • How to Install a Deadbolt

  • To improve the security of your home, you could get a dog with a bark vicious enough to scare the rust off a statue. But one of the easiest,…

  • Replace Weather Stripping

  • High-quality silicone rubber weather stripping permanently seals gaps around exterior doors, increases energy efficiency—and looks better…

  • Install a Peephole

  • Make your home safer and more secure by adding a peephole in your exterior doors. You can see who’s there before you open it.

  • Finger-Scan Entry Locks

  • Biometric keyless locks let you unlock or lock your entry door with just a quick scan of your fingerprint— the perfect solution for anyone…

  • How to Repair Rotted Wood

  • Use a polyester filler to rebuild rotted or damaged wood. You can mold and shape it to match the original wood profile. It takes paint well and…

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