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  1. Windows and Doors
    Hello. I'm looking for professional, or informed, opinions on this new door in a new installation. They resume work Monday, and I don't know what's usually behind the drywall, and whether I should comment before they continue. There's first a more distant photo of the right side, then close ups...
  2. Windows and Doors
    Hi everyone, I have a Labor Day weekend project I'd like to tackle and I have some questions I'm hoping one of the many experts here can help out with. We have this old exterior door that I'd like to rehab with a good sanding and painting. I'll also try to shine up the kick plate if I can...
  3. Windows and Doors
    I'm putting a second deadbolt in the front entry door at a height of five feet from the ground. I installed the deadbolt in the door _very_carefully_ and had no problem. I located and drilled a 1" hole for the deadbolt strike plate. The hole I drilled went though about one inch of wood, and...
  4. Windows and Doors
    I was hoping to get an opinion from someone with experience in construction. We have a storm door on the front of our house. The wind caught it a while back and the closing mechanism ripped out a chunk of wood at the top of the frame and cracked the wood at the bottom. We have had two men come...
  5. Windows and Doors
    Hi Folks, I need some helps on caulking on a sliding door frame. There is caulk between the bottom frame of the sliding door and a piece of base plate. I need to recaulk. I understand I should remove the old caulk. But it is almost impossible to do it. I mean I can't remove caulk between...
  6. Remodeling
    I have an exterior door I am replacing. When the old door is out, the rough opening will be 33.5" wide. A standard 32" door calls for 34.5. What can I do?
  7. Windows and Doors
    How can I fix this, I had tried Wood filler after cleaning the rot wood out of the way and that didn't go too well. I also want to pervert this from happening again. The frame has a design as you can see in the pictures. Home depot said I gotta cut it myself for the design. I got no experience...
  8. Building & Construction
    I want to add a door to a bedroom/office and it looks like there's never been one (we pressure-mounted a shower curtain...). The opening is 94" x 37" and there is a 3" 'header' and stud coming in from one side of the wall. See below for a pic. Before I get started I'm wondering why the...
  9. Carpentry
    I have one interior which is really uneven at the top. Almost 1/4" difference when comparing left side to right side (look the photos below). Now because of that, the door latch is not aligned with the strike plate (door doesn't latch). Now I could move the strike plate 1/4" below and it would...
  10. Building & Construction
    I have a 28" x 73" garage entry door that I'd like to replace, for many reasons, but have a few locational problems: The entry door is almost as far forward on the right wall as can be, right behind the vehicle door, whose original track was too low and interfered with the installation of a...
  11. Building & Construction
    can anybody explain why this tutorial calls for a door frame composition that is more complex (in terms of the number of pieces) than what you would consider minimal? http://www.finehomebuilding.com/how-to/departments/building-skills/framing-a-rough-opening.aspx e.g., i would expect the side...
  12. Remodeling
    when framing a door opening and there is only subfloor and not finished flooring yet, should i plan that the bottom of the door frame touches the subfloor or should i provide for some nominal clearance that would be comparable to the finished flooring thickness (e.g. 1/2" or so) ? i don't...
  13. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I need to know the best way to go about solving the problem with my front door. This is a 120 year old house that I just bought and prior to moving in the house was neglected and had no gutters. New gutters have been installed which is what I believe to have caused the deterioration in the first...
  14. Windows and Doors
    My home entry way has a double door made from fiberglass, which has faded, and my wife wants to replace it with a different style. What are the questions one should ask when choosing a new exterior door material such as wood, fiberglass, or steel?
  15. Windows and Doors
    I have a problem that falls in the rank of "silly new homeowner" mistakes. So I thought I'd throw it out here and see if anyone might have a solution. Here's what I did. I have a full three season, second floor porch off my master bedroom. During the winter of 09/10 I had a bad draft problem...
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