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  1. Upgrade Front Door Locks With Keyless Door Locks

    For get your key? Unlock your front door with a four-digit number that you simply punch into an electronic keypad. This electronic lock is easy to install; you only need a screwdriver. Photo courtesy of Schlage.

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  1. How to Rekey a Door Lock

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    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 when a key is lost, rekey the door lock yourself and save.

  2. How to Fix Your Broken Storm-Door Handles

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    Don't let a broken or ugly storm- door handle ruin the look of your home's entrance. Replace your old storm- door handle in five easy steps, which include drilling new holes if needed.

  3. Replace a Broken Storm or Screen Door Handle

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    Storm door handles break or become tarnished long before the door need replacing, but installing a new handle is a simple job that can usually be finished in a few minutes.

  4. How to Install a Deadbolt

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    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, least expensive and most effective security measure you can take is to install a heavy-duty deadbolt . Here's how.

  5. Repairing a Loose Door Handle

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

  6. Replace Door Locks on Your Car

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    Repair broken power locks by replacing the actuator, which is a common problem on late-model Fords. You'll save on the shop fee plus some of the new part cost.

  7. How to Fix a Door Latch

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    When a house settles, doors sometimes stop latching properly because one side of the frame has sagged. You can fix the problem easily with a rotary tool and a metal-cutting bit.

  8. Fix a Door That Won't Close

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    When houses settle, doors can settle along with them, resulting in misaligned door latches . Solve the problem with a file, a chisel, and a dab of lipstick (any shade will do).

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Other Articles for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. How to Install a Deadbolt - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    The easiest and cheapest way to improve the security of your home is to install a deadbolt . With the right tools, even the average homeowner can get the job done with relative ease. Here's how.

  2. Doorknob DIY Projects - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Sure they help us get inside and out, but doorknobs—particularly salvaged and vintage varieties—can be used for multiple decorative purposes. Here are five doorknob DIY projects to get you inspired.

  3. Monitors for home door locks .

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    FromInstructables: exploring - workshop - home-renovation - featured

    One of the failings of most alarm systems is that they only monitor that you have doors closed and do not tell you if you have locked the doors. I decided to re-purpose common garage door monitors to function as a 'locked door' reporter. I recently came across 'Deadbolt Beacons' that attach to your ... By: garymunson Continue Reading »

  4. Woodpecker Door Knocker

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    FromInstructables: exploring - workshop - woodworking - featured

    With just a few tools and some wood scraps (time to use that old pallet that's sitting behind your garage!), you can make this delightful knocker for your door. I saw this on an old log cabin years ago and made a few for my family and friends. The cool part about this project is that you don't nee... By: suziechuzie Continue Reading »

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Other Videos for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. How to Install Door Hardware

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    Replacing door hardware only requires a simple set of skills and tools, but new door hardware can make a big difference in the way a door looks and works.

  2. How to Fix a Broken Door Knob

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    Tim Carter, of http://AsktheBuilder.com, demonstrates a really simple way to fix a loose door knob handle.

  3. How to Install the Door Knob in a Closet

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    Bill Frishman explains the basics steps for building a closet and how to install the door knob in a closet

  4. How to Replace a Door Knob

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    Mark Donovan of http://www.HomeAdditionPlus.com shows how to replace a door knob

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Blog Posts

  1. Lockitron: Smartphone Controlled Deadbolt Lock

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    FromCharles and Hudson

    We use our smartphone to arm our Iris home alarm but if you want even more control you can now lock and unlock your door with the Lockitron. The unit slides over your current deadbolt and can be controlled from your smartphone. It also has a bluetooth sensor that can lock and unlock your doors ...

  2. DIY Video: Installing a Mortise Door Lock

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    FromDIY Diva

    You may have started to get the impression that all I do around the Liberty House these days is paint stuff and talk about the never-ending list of updates from...

  3. October 18, 2012 AsktheBuilder Newsletter & Tips

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    FromAsk the Builder

    In this issue, my trip to Mike Wilson's memorial service, tips for controlling mildew down in the bathroom, saving money on your mortgage, back up your computer data, a new contest coming for those messy garages, a review of an electronic deadbolt and kids with Stain Solver.

  4. Kwikset Double Locked Handleset

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    FromCharles and Hudson

    We are already fans of the Kwikset SMARTKEY re-keying system which allows you to re-key locks in seconds and saves you the time and expense of replacing locks or calling a locksmith. Kwikset has recently introduced a new entry door locking system that includes a deadbolt but also locking door door ...

  5. Door Latch Problems

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    FromA Concord Carpenter

     

  6. Hanging Interior Doors

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    FromAna-White.com

    Apparantly, you CAN teach an old DIYer new tricks. The only thing holding up this Momplex from getting trimmed out now is the lack of interior doors. To get the baseboard trim down, we first have to add case moulding to the doors and windows. And to add the case moulding, we have to first install the doors. This is no chicken and egg thing - nope, it goes simply door then trim. Because we installed a heated floor on top of the subfloor, this means our doorways got shortened by about 3/4". So we have to first shorten the door. We measured the opening. And then trimmed off the ends of the door jamb. The door jamps are cut a little shy of the overall height to allow the floating floor to move under it. We've installed quite a few doors over the years - both interior and exterior - and have always gone the old fashioned wood shim way. But the Ram saw these on his last trip to the Home Depot and picked them up. They are about $5 a door, so a little more than a bunch of wood shims, but still reasonably priced. They come in singles packs too. This old DIYer is about to learn a new trick! How about that, instructions on the box! Looks easy enough ... we'll see! On the hinge side of the door, near each hinge, we screwed the hardware brackets to the door jamb. There's one on ... you can't screw this one up .... I promise you, you'll nail it on the very first try. Three more of the hardware brackets are screwed to knob side of the door jamb, directly across from the hinges. Then we took a level and drew a line about a 1/2" in on the drywall, on the hinge side (I'll show you that in a second). And then just fit the prehung door in the opening. Then we attached the door on the hinge side to the wall with longer screws to reach the studs in the wall, lining the hardware brackets up with the line we drew This way, we know for sure that our door is hung straight, regardless of the rough opening of the doorway. Now on to the door knob side. On this side, we eyeball the gap between the door and the jamb, keeping it consistent with the top and hinge side, and screw the brackets to the wall, one at a time. Can you see the gap all the way around the door is about the same? The brackets make it easy to adjust the door jamb so the gap is consistent ... And a consistent gap means an easy to open and close door! She works! We've got a lot more doors to do, but before we get to them, I'm taking care of one issue right now, right here.  Notice there's no gap under that door? It's a pet peeve of mine, doors that get stuck on throw rugs.  Or squish your toes when the kids open them unexpectedly on you.  Ow.   So we pulled the hinge pins and took the door off and headed downstairs   And ran the door through the tablesaw   Brought the door upstairs and replaced the hinge pins   My toes likey!   When we add the case moulding, it will secure the outside of the door jamb to the wall framing, so that's next up.  Using the Quick Door Hanger Kit really was a slick way to hang the doors, and I'm pretty sure these old DIYers aren't going back to door shims.  How about you? Have you hung interior doors? Do you prefer shims? Have you used the hardware kit? We'd love to hear how you DIY door hanging too! FYI - This post is not sponsored by Quick Door Hanger Kit.  I'm sure they are weirded out that they have a crazed fan and have no idea who I am.  But definitely worth buying if you are hanging doors!

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