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Terry Shirley has a deadbolt lock in his Asheboro, NC  home that's hard to turn. Here's his story and he's sticking to it: "I have a sticky deadbolt on my front door and I know it's not the catch plate, because it's sticky with the door open. I have tried WD-40 and graphite. Neither worked. I […]

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Andy Shogren's sliding door out to his deck is leaking water and rotting his subfloor in Bakersfield, CA. Let him tell you what's going on. "I've subscribed for a long time  to your FREE newsletter and have found some helpful hints over the years. I have a two-story house and the master bedroom has a sliding […]

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Terrie Baker is building a new home in Adrian, Oregon. She did the right thing to go visit the job site to see what was going on. "My husband and I are building a new house. When I went to check  on the progress the other day, I discovered a cobbled up mess on our French […]

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Amy, who lives in the quaint city of Martinsburg, WV, is creating lots of angst at her local Home Depot and Lowe's stores. Here's why: "I have not been able to get a clear answer from Lowe's or Home Depot about when a door may need to be re-stained or repainted (and how). I've been […]

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DEAR TIM: My exterior doors have leaded-glass inserts that I don’t feel are insulated well. I’m confused as I can’t feel the leaded glass because it’s sandwiched between two pieces of glass. On cold days when I stand in front of the door I feel air movement. How can I make sure this door is […]

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Quick Column Summary: Separating double french doors Doors already have hinge mortise New side jambs are needed DEAR TIM: I bought a prehung double french door because it was so beautiful and the price was great. I want to separate the two doors and use each one at different openings. Is this possible to do […]

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Quick Column Summary: Is dust in house coming from ductwork What is creating the dust Most dust gets in through air cracks near doors/windows Denis has a dusty house in California's Central Valley. He lives in Merced, CA. That's a clue by the way. Here's what Denis sent me: "Hey Tim, I have the dustiest […]

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Quick Column Summary: How to drill holes into a new door Mistakes can be easily made in measuring Specialized jig can help The jig will pay for itself DEAR TIM: I've got to install a new interior door lockset. The door has no holes in it. I'm completely perplexed at how to drill the holes. […]

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Quick Column Summary: How to install pocket doors New technology created better door hardware Video link Picture of wall framing for pocket door Want a head-start on this column's subject? Click to watch this quick video on pocket door components. DEAR TIM: The house I grew up in had magnificent pocket doors that disappeared into […]

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