How to convert an ordinary door into a sliding door? Answered

In this winterbreak I plan to reorganize my room because I'm bored of the old setup.Just wanted to know how can I convert an ordinary (hinged) door to a sliding one.I want to keep the original door because if I change it I will mess up the look of the house.I have a concept which involves some railings but I dont know how to pull out of the socket the side with the hinges.The rest of the build will be easy.That is the only problem I can't seem to be able to wrap my head around.Any suggestions will be good.Thx alot

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how to install a enterior door with prehung doors? Answered

I am replacing our interior door with prehung door, how do I do this

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Hidden Door/Bookcase

I have a "man cave", as my wife calls it. It's basically my office, with all the decorations she won't let me put in the rest of the house along with my Ammunition Reloading Bench....anyway, there is no door. The hallway opens right into it.  I have a curtain there now but I have always wanted a secret door. I have looked at all the "instructables" pertaining to the hidden door, however I can't figure out what kind of door is a good door or where the hinges go or if i should use a pre-existing bookcase...any suggestions?

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Remote Doggy Door?

Not looking for an automatic door such as where the dog's RFID gives auto entry, but looking for a way to keep my dogs in my house when I leave via my car in the garage. Looking for some type of remote controlled thingamajig to keep their doggy door closed or secured while I'm in my car pulling out of the garage, and then once my garage door is closed give them access to the garage. Only a problem when I leave for the day, when I return at night they're so happy to see me they're not in a mood to go run off when the garage door opens.

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how to clean wooden doors at home cheap ?

I want to polish or just clean them at home as professional cleaners are very costly plz advice me

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how would i inconspicuously sound proof my door? Answered

I need to sound proof a door however it needs to be quite minimalistic and effective any ideas?

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How do you close a door from bed - whether it opens in or out! Could use a solution for bedtime! Answered

My dilemma - and if my wife would let me solve it in our bedroom is I get in bed and the bathroom door or the door the hallway is open.  Sometimes the air pressure swings one or the other closed/open - but regardless I hate getting out of bed to close them. Anyone got any creative ways of a build to close them?

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How do you sell stuff door-to-door? Answered

I got this job selling lawncare, but I've never had a sales position before. So I was hoping you, the instructables community, could share some tips from your own experience. Thank you in advance, November

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Anyone have any ideas on how to weatherproof my dog door?

I have this type of dog door http://petdoorsonline.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_800_Series___Infra_Red_for_Dogs_19.html and every time it rains it leaks. I cannot afford a new door, dog door or afford to build a covering over the door. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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I need doors that are 97 inches high to go from ceiling to floor for a bypass system. What could I do in place of doors?

I'm installing a 144 inch hanging  bypass door track to act as a barrier between two rooms.  I need doors that are 97 inches high to go from ceiling to floor.  What could I do in place of doors?  The idea is to hang four 36 inch panels/doors so the rooms could be separate, or have a large opening between them.   I was thinking of making doors, maybe gluing veneer on polystyrene sheets.  These would be light and durable, but I'm not convinced they wouldn't be hideous.  Maybe us laminate flooring on the polystyrene?  Any ideas?

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how do you make a large snow globe to be put on a door?

We would like to have a scene on the door and it look like a snow globe What could we use to make the round part of the globe?  What would be a good/easy scene to put in the globe and we need a theme or wording to go on the door.

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How do I refit a door when the screw have become to big for holes in the wall?

My front door has come off it's hinges and out of the wall.Should I use dowel and then redrill it or is there a better way?

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Door upcycle need help hiding hinge area

I am trying to make a desk out of a hollow core door. I want to fill in the hinge areas before painting or put something there after painting to make them look nice. any ideas? I haven't found any online and I've spent hours looking.

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How to make my garage roller door work on an automatic electrical opener?

We installed a garage roller door ourselves. However the upper end of the garage roller door is not straight. The middle part of the upper end is bulging out and lower than the two ends that is attach to the two end wheels. It works fine manually. However when we installed the electrical automatic opener. It works on opering the garage door, but when we try to close the door, the door unroll on the shrift instead of coming down. Please let us know what is wrong. Is it the tension of the spring? What is the easiest way to fix it?

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Sense when garage door is open. Light/LED light turns on?

Hi there, I have an automatic garage. But sometimes i forget to close it and it stays open all night. Apart from someone being able to steal stuff, it would also allow an intruder into the house while we are asleep! So what I am looking to do is whenever the door is open, that a light inside the house turns on. My garage door is a panel lift door. My initial thought was to use alarm sensors. One on the wall and one on the door. If the sensors are not near each other, a light in the house should turn on. The serial circuit would look something like the following. GarageDoor > GarageDoorSensor > Less than an inch of air/space > WallFixedSensor > Wire > CentralLogicDeviceWithBattery > Wire > TinyLight/Led. The hardest bit would be what I have called the CentralLogicDeviceWithBattery. I would like to know what parts i would need and which part connects to which part. thank you

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Why do home doors open inward and public doors outward? Answered

I just noticed this today that doors in people's homes open inward, while doors to public buildings open outwards. How come ?

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I want to wear something so that a door will only unlock when i'm near it. Any ideas?

I want to be able to wear a bracelet or similar thing with a transmitter so that when I come near doors in my home, they unlock for me.  I thought RFID but it sounds like they are expensive.  Any ideas?

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How do mosquitoes know where is the entrance of my house located?

Extremely low density of mosquitoes around the walls and windows(netted), but extremely high density near the door, like as if they knew which way the door opens and it is the door and waiting like vampires at dusk to come in suck the blood. Just tell me how do they know where my most frequently used entrance is. 

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how can i connect photo interrupter and dc motor to arduino l293d?

Im making a model of roller door garage opening system and will be using the following componentsmotor - http://www.jaycar.co.nz/productView.asp?ID=YG2730&keywords;=motor&form;=KEYWORDinterrupter - http://www.jaycar.co.nz/productView.asp?ID=ZD1901&keywords;=interrupter&form;=KEYWORDarduino - L293dI need help inorder to connect the motor and interrupter to the arduino which should run the motor in both directions. Basically the motor should rotate the shaft in both directions to open and close the garage door, the purpose of interrupter is the let the motor know that the door is closed or open and i need suggestions as to what i should be using as sensor which could detect any object interrupting the closing of the door and stop the motor. If you suggest me a sensor please also tell me how to connect that sensor to the arduino

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How to bring more light into the hallway by cutting panels into interior doors and installing frosted acrylic panels? Answered

Three hallway doors with large amount of outside light coming in. I want to bring that light into the hallways by installing frosted acrylic or pelixiglass panels in the doors. Rather than buy pre-made doors, I want to use the existing doors, save money and save landfills.

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How can I build a pet door that opens with magnet/radio collars? Answered

MAIN QUESTION: Does anyone know how to build a pet door like this? Secondary (less important) question : How can I make two pet doors that open this way, but only one collar opens one door? I need to create a three way split in my house, [ A  | B | C ] one cat can access part A but not part C. One cat can access part C but not A. Both can access part B.  I would like to create two pet doors that open by sensing magnets or radio frequencies that can be attached to their collars.

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Genie model 209 Garage Door Opener schematic

I took our Genie garage door opener apart [the light wasn't working and I read where that was probably caused by the 555 timer] and thought I'd carefully drawn a schematic before doing so, but I failed to label where the 3 wires from the receiver connect to the terminal block on the main unit, and also where the 3 wires from the main unit connect to the terminal block. Regardless, I have the unit back together and when the remote is pressed the receiver relay clicks, but that's the only thing that happens. I'm fairly certain the problem lies with a component on the internal motor controller board. And NO ONE gives out this kind of information. I can't even find it for sale !! But I'll be derned if I'm going to pay $50 for a new controller board when I'm almost 100% certain the problem is a $.59 diode or the like. Plus, I like a challenge and hate getting beat. Any and all help would be very much appreciated. Possibly I could find someone who has the same model unit and they could diagram theirs for me, possibly someone knows where to obtain the real thing. Thanks !!

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What do I need to put a regular wooden door frame into an existing metal glass sliding door frame?

The slider does not work very well at all. I would prefer a regular door.

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How could I fix this door-stop?

After a meeting at church in one of the side-rooms, my attention was drawn to the pathetic nature of this door stop.  People frequently come and go from the meeting (bathroom, etc.) and we want to keep the door cracked open a little, but the door stop is useless. it looks like somebody purposefully un-screwed the screw on the right to try to give the stop some more play, but it doesn't seemed to have helped at all.  the big solid door just wants to swing shut all of the time (hence the addition of that second wedge-shaped door stop that only helps a little).  Does anybody have any specific suggestions on how to fix this?  Maybe scuff the bottom of the rubber pad to help it grip more?  The floor looks like it's made of regularly waxed linoleum.

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How to prevent and/or remove condensation in the microwave door?

My microwave is above the stove and when anything is cooked that produces stream, condensation appears in the window/door of the microwave and it remains for days. How do I prevent this from happening or get it to go away? Using the fan does not help.

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how can we open a locked westlock door knob when the lock seems to be broken?

The lock seems to be unlocked but we still cannot open the door. We have removed the knob on both sides, but still cannot find a release for the lock from the inside or the outside of the door. any suggestions??

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my dog keeps running out the door and wont listen...how do i train her not to go out the door??? Answered

 she slips out of the door when no one is looking and its a pain to get her back. We were out until 2:30 am trying to get her last night. please help!!!

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How do I make an automatic door opener/closer for a chicken coop that opens in daylight, and closes at night?

My chickens are really good to me, they are keen to expore my garden when the sun comes up, then put themselves away at night.The trouble is, one night I forgot to close the door into the coop and they all got eaten by a fox.I've seen automatic opening/closing devices for sale, but they're really expensive.An example of these devices can be found on http://www.axt-electronic.de/index1.htmAny help greatly appreciated.

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how can I easily clean the calcium and soap deposits on a glass shower door? Answered

How can I get soap scum - and calcium deposits off glass shower doors? It seems to build up especially in the bottom half of the shower door? I hate hours of scrubbing, so I'm looking for something that does not require lots of scrubbing, please! Thank you!!!

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I've got a stack of 4 flat, white doors. Anyone have any cool project ideas for them? Answered

We just redid all the doors in our house with fancier ones, so were junking the old "boring" white ones. They are slightly worn, but they're too good to just let go of! I was thinking of maybe painting on them, or building something out of them. Anything really!. And like i said, we've got 4 or so, (i didn't count) so multiple projects could be done =)Thanks in advanced!-thenear1send

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Dog barking! Police summoned! I need ideas. My dog barks for an hour when I leave for work in the am.I am desparate!!!

What I need is some sort of cover for my doggy door that I can have on a timer set to open 3 or 4 hours after I leave so my dog can come in and out her door at will for the rest of the day?

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Insulating under-house garage?

Hi my house sites on top of the garage and has an open stair and hatch doorway into our living toom. Whats the best way of insulating between my garage and room? Ive been told insulating the garage door is a waste of time and i should concentrate on the connecting door but want to know if anyone has any other suggestions that wont mean i have to buy/make a new door. thanks Mark

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Any suggestions on creating a "doorbell" for my cat to use?

My cat comes to our (glass) sliding door or window several times a day and either sits outside and waits or scratches on the glass to be let in. For the most part, we see him at the door/window or hear him banging on the door, but sometimes he waits out in the cold. I thought it might be cool to design a "doorbell" he can use so that even if we're in another part of the house, we can still hear when he needs to come in. Right now, I'm thinking something that will register his weight, either outside the window or the door (he usually goes to the door first and then the window if no one comes right away), and that will ring a bell -- maybe a regular doorbell set-up, just messing with how the "button" is pushed? It would be cool to design a little button/pad that he actually has to press (he's smart; he can figure it out), but placing something where he likes to stand/sit would probably work just as well. Right now I'm going to start by looking into how doorbells work, and then whether I need to make a weight-sensing device or if I can jerry-rig an actual doorbell to respond to some kind of pad for him to sit on. I don't know how much doorbell's cost, but I'm assuming they're pretty cheap. I could probably pick one (or two, if I need to do multiple trials) up at my local hardware store, but if anyone knows of online suppliers who provide free samples of doorbells or doorbell-like devices, or things that I could use for my pad, that would be nice. I think my main qualifications for the pad/button are that it be easy for him to sit on/push, sensitive enough to read his weight (probably 10 pounds), and sturdy and weatherproof, since it will be outdoors in all seasons.

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Mystery (to me ;-) Succulent Identification: What is this? Answered

I bought this really interesting succulent(?) from a door-to-door plant salesman a week ago.   The pot is 5", so that gives you a size reference.  This strange-growing plant appears to have thorns, but the spikey protrusions are not hard or ouchie-sharp. Does anyone know what species it is?

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I need to know now?

Is there a way to make an out door atmospher indoor. So a huge building that has the feeling of sun on you shade temp. changes.

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Sound Proofing A Wall...? Need Cheap Ideas That Work...

Hey Everybody I Need Some Advice On How To Sound Proof A Wall Between Mine And My Room Mates Room...It Seams At One Time There Was A Door There But Someone Took The Door  Out And Replaced With Drywall...There Seams To Be A 3 Inch Depth And Would Really Like To Use This Space For Egg Cartons Or Other Ideas...Please Let Me Know No Matter How Crazy Thank You...

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Is $2000 worth it for a '95 YJ Jeep (Wrangler) with 187,131 miles? (no doors or roof)? Answered

Http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/1086738047.html

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Floating Desk

I've been thinking about making a desk for my new room. The best place for it would be to put in a a corner. I'm looking at dimensions of 41x21". What i want to do is make it floating so that i wouldn't have leg posts in my way. I've seen elsewhere floating shelves made from interior doors and was thinking about incorporating that into my desk design.  What i want to do is cut an interior door to this 41x21" dimension. Then hang it up just like you would a floating shelf. Because it's in a corner i would have the advantage of being able to cleat not only the back but also one of the sides. Once i had it in place i planned to put a supporting bracket on the floating side for a little extra support.  I just wanted to know what other people thought of this idea. Would it make a sturdy enough desk, or should i use a different material than the door?

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I wnt to build a directional speaker that can send more than 25mghz to my neighbors dog?

I have two german shepards next door who are driving me crazy with their barking all day and all night

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How do I get my cats to stop pooping in the walkway between my house and my car door?

My driveway runs beside my house, and up to my front porch. When I pule my car in to park, I have just enough space to walk between my open car door and my house. Thats were my cats have started pooping. I have had to start parking off the other side of the driveway, just so my children and I will not step in it. I would like to be able to park my car with out steping in poo. Any ideas. Thanks

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How to build a portable solar gain heater?

What I have in mind would be....a frame with wheels, with plexiglas on the front, black on the back, air intake on the bottom, black stacks of aluminum cans inside to funnel heat upward....and a flexible hose at the top to carry heated air into the house....not quite sure how to rig that up. See, I've noticed that the outside of my dark green garage door will be hot to the touch even on a winter day, if it's sunny. But, the garage door is insulated and of course, the heat stays outside. This would have to be portable though, to roll away during non-winter, and in the rain...which since I lve in the Pacific Northwest, would be more often than not.

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