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Windows & Doors


How to Easily Renew Window Screen Frames and Sills

Learn how to remove and clean your window frame and sill. It requires little more than some steel wool, acetone, and a little elbow grease!


How to Stop Drafts In Your PVC Door

UPVC doors are great. But if they don’t do what their main job is—keeping the drafts out—then they're not much good. This article will show you how to make sure they serve their intended purpose.


How to Install Glass Block Windows in Your Basement

Are your basement windows old, leaky, and a hot mess? Replace them with glass block windows and enjoy energy savings, increased security, natural light, and fresh air.


Applying a General Finishes Gel Stain on My Home's Front Door

You can give your exterior door a quick but professional-looking makeover without taking your door down from its hinges. What's more, there's no need to sand or strip the wood, thanks to General Finishes' Gel Stain. Here's how I got professional-looking and long-lasting results.


A Guide to Electric Locking for Pairs of Aluminum Storefront Doors

Pairs of aluminum storefront doors present unique challenges when it's time to retrofit them with electric locking hardware for access control.


A Guide to Electric Locking for Narrow Stile Aluminum Storefront Doors

Glass and aluminum narrow stile doors offer unique challenges when retrofitting electric locking hardware. Learn about some of the choices available for single doors equipped with a flip-up deadbolt, like the Adams Rite MS1850.


How to Remove Stuck Screws From a Door Hinge

Removing old seized screws from door hinges.


Fitting a Window Roller Blind to French Doors

Why we opted for a window roller blind for our French doors, rather than a proper full length door blind, to block out the evening sun; and a basic step-by-step guide to the slightly unconventionally way I fitted it, and why I fitted it that way.


How to Keep Doors From Closing by Themselves

Haunted or just a hassle? Doors that open and close by themselves can be annoying and sometimes dangerous. There is an easy solution that even the most green novice can handle.


6 Simple Ways to Dress up Your Front Door

If your front door is faded and outdated or just plain ugly, you can use these easy ideas to completely change its appearance.


How to Install a Screen Door

If you want to install a screen door, here is a basic layout of the process from start to finish, including what to look for at the home improvement store and how to check your work during every step of the way.


How to Quickly Update Your Door Trim and Baseboards

Replacing and updating your trim and baseboards is quick and easy to do.


How to Re-Screen or Repair an Old, Broken Screen

You can re-screen that old, broken window screen. It's so easy, and the results look fantastic!


How to Replace a Broken Window Crank

Step-by-step instructions for replacing a window crank in a wood-framed window.


The Advantages and Disadvantages of Wood Windows

Wooden windows provide beauty, warmth and style to a house. But are the reasons for buying wood windows purely aesthetic? Definetely not


How Does a Standard Key Machine Work?

This article illustrates how a key cutting machine is made and how it can cut keys accurately to within 1/1000 of an inch.


What Do the Numbers on My Key Mean? Using Numbers to Identify and Copy a Key

The numbers and letters on the head of your key always mean something. Here is a brief guide to the most common meanings of the numbers and codes.


Why Won't My uPVC Window Open and How Do I Fix It?

Is your uPVC window jammed or stuck closed? If so, this article will teach you how to solve the problem and fix your window without it costing you a lot of money.


How to Install a Prehung Door: Replacing an Exterior Door

Detailed instructions on how to install or hang a prehung door, with photos. Replacing an exterior door is similar to an interior door but with a few extra considerations.


How to Replace a Sliding Glass Door

This guide shows ambitious DIYers how to replace and old sliding glass door with a new one, with photos to guide you through each step of the process.


DIY Projects: Casement Windows Repair Tips

If you're thinking about replacing your casement windows because they're drafty, fogged-up, or just hard to open, consider this: You can fix most of the problems yourself for a fraction of the cost of new windows.


How to Tell a Good uPVC Window From a Bad One

If you are thinking of getting new windows, make sure you read this guide first to find the best uPVC window. It could save you a lot of grief down the road!


How Secure Is Your PVC Door?

This is not a guide to help people break into someone's house, but what it will do is help you make your PVC door more secure so you can feel safer in your own home.


How to Adjust uPVC Door Hinges for Proper Door Alignment

Adjusting uPVC doors that are catching at the top or bottom of the door frame is not a hard job to do. Almost anyone can do it! All you need is a set of hex keys (Allen wrenches).


Why Is My uPVC Window Not Closing Properly?

This article will teach you how to identify and fix issues with your uPVC windows, which sometimes jam or do not close properly.


Front Door Photo Gallery: Ideas for Privacy and Style

Trying to choose what type of front door to install? Check out this photo gallery of doors to help you decide.


Common Drapery Terminology: Basic Window Treatments Explained

Discover the reasons for using window treatments, terms you'll need to know to make the best choice, what your options are (curtains, blinds, shutters, etc.) with illustrations for each method, and hardware you'll need to cover your windows effectively, with style.


How to Repair or Replace Sliding Glass Door Rollers

One day, your sliding glass door will need repair as it gets harder and harder to open. In this article, you will find instructions on how to replace patio door rollers.


Exterior Doors: How (Not) to Install Them

Learn how to replace an exterior door with this illustrated guide!

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How to Fix or Replace a Broken Door Frame

Instructions on how to fix a broken door frame. A DIY job that can be accomplished by most homeowners for little cost, door frame repair is well worth checking into doing it yourself.


Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

Window treatments for sliding glass doors are not always easy to pick out when decorating your home. A slider is usually a large part of the room and choosing a window treatment should not be a rush decision.


How to Change Your Lock Cylinder: Replacement Guide

DIY guide to changing your own locks, including an explanation of common lock types and the basics of lock cylinder replacement.


Apartment and Condo Door Lock and Security Basics

How to assess your security, know your enemy, and secure the perimeter of your defenses.


How to Adjust a Hydraulic Door Closer

The theory and practice of door closer adjustment, with steps and detailed instructions to adjust the swing of your hydraulic door closer.


Door Closer Basics: Everything You Need to Know

An overview of the form and function of door closers.