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Interior doors are available in many styles and materials. For a really great look, try a solid wood interior door. Be sure when you are comparing wood doors to be comparing apples to apples. To finish off the look, purchase period hardware. There are some great antique reproductions available.

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Fiberglass doors can be painted or stained. Staining fiberglass doors requires a clean surface and drying time between thin coats of stain. Painting fiberglass doors begins with a latex primer before applying exterior paint. Here are some tips for finishing exterior fiberglass doors.

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Pocket doors save space but can break down. Replacing pocket doors or installing new pocket door hardware might be all that is needed to revive an old, troublesome pocket door. Here are some pocket doors diy tips.

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DEAR TIM: I own a summer cabin that’s been in my family for generations. My wife and I decided to make it our full-time home. It needs lots of work that I intend to do myself. One of the projects is relocating the front door. Is there any magic with respect to framing a door […]

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DEAR TIM: While on vacation I plan to install a few new interior doors around my house. I’m using pre-hung doors. I’ve never hung a door before and could use some of your secret tips. Please share how to avoid common rookie mistakes. I’m lost on what to do when shimming a door. My wife […]

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DEAR TIM: I’ve got a walkout basement garage door I want to convert to a gorgeous french door. I realize I need to shrink the size of the opening to create the correct rough opening for the new door. But that’s the extent of what I know. What other installation instructions can you give me […]

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DEAR TIM: I live in a very common home here in Florida. Most are built from concrete block. Twenty years ago, a room addition was added to the home and the rear exterior concrete block wall became an interior wall. A window was removed to create a pass through to the room addition. Now we […]

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Tim Carter demonstrates the entire process of installing LE Johnson Wall Mount door hardware. You only need a few tools and the average homeowner can do the job. It helps if you can read the simple plans provided by the clever LE Johnson engineers who designed the wall mount hardware. It's key to make sure […]

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Teresa Schenck has a rotten wood threshold at her home in Bettendorf, Iowa. Here's what she sent me: "As you can see, this piece of wood at my back door is rotting. It is about 1.5-2 " wide, and maybe 6-8" deep. My deck is also there. I am replacing the wood decking. I want to […]

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