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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  • Door Refinishing: Painting Varnished Doors

    Save time and money as you give a fresh new look to tired old doors. Can't live with that ugly stain the previous owners used on the…

  • Repairing a Loose Door Handle

    Tighten a loose doorknob that has hidden chassis screws. It only takes a minute to pop off the cover plate.

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • 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…

  • How to Fix a Rattling Door

    Interior doors that don't fit tightly against the doorstop can develop annoying rattles and thumps. There are several good fixes for this…

  • 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.

  • Steel Door Repair: Repair a Dented Steel Door

    Make an invisible dent repair in a steel door the same way you do it on your car, using the same auto body filler. Even a novice can master the…

  • Interior Door Repair: Interior Doors That Won't Stay Closed

    Adjusting a door that doesn't hang correctly is a frustrating experience, but there are a few tricks of the trade that can achieve miracles.…

  • How to Fix a Bifold Door

    After a few years of use, bifold doors often start to sag, scrape against the floor or pop out of their brackets. Three basic adjustments will…

  • Lengthening an Interior Wood Door

    Fix an interior door that's been cut too short with this simple repair. By carefully matching thickness, wood grain direction and stain, you can…

  • Patch Dents in a Metal Door

    Metal doors don't hide dents and scratches as easily as wood doors, but you can make your old garage service or entry door look new again with…