Archives: Doors

Hollow Core Vs Solid Core Door Debate

By Todd Fratzel on Doors

Hollow Core Vs Solid Core Doors It seems as though every time we build a house for a customer they have a hard time choosing between traditional solid wood doors (typically a solid MDF core with a finish veneer) and hollow core doors. The question always seems to be: Which are better? Solid Wood Doors…

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French Doors with Built In Blinds

By Todd Fratzel on Doors

French Doors – Built In Blinds French Doors with built in blinds between the glass panels are great. Typically French Doors don’t provide much privacy because of all the glass. If you wanted privacy with a French Door in the past you would have to install some type of blind or a curtain attached to…

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How To Trim Pocket Door Jambs

By Todd Fratzel on Doors, Finish Carpentry

Pocket Doors Pocket doors are a really great space saver and they’ve become extremely popular with today’s floor plans. Pocket doors slide on an overhead rail system that allows the door to be slid into a pocket in the adjacent wall. Pocket doors can even match all the other doors in your home and appear…

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Can Blinds Between Glass Be Repaired?

By Todd Fratzel on Doors, Maintanence

Doors with Blinds Between Glass I wrote and article about French Doors with Built In Blinds awhile ago and numerous people have asked how to repair these type of window treatments if they get damaged. The answer is not one most people want to hear. Almost all of the doors and windows sold today with…

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Retractable Screen Doors

By Todd Fratzel on Doors

Today’s beautiful doors make it hard to install screen doors that don’t interfere with the beautiful architectural look. In the past folks would install a storm door or screen door in front of the entry door. The storm doors or screen doors seldom have the same architectural appeal that the main doors have. So that’s…

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How To Add Glass To A Solid Wood Door

By Todd Fratzel on Doors

Today Jacky emailed me with a very interesting question and design idea about modifying salvaged doors. Jacky said “We live in 1940 house, and are remodeling our unfinished half-lit basement. Currently we are in search of interior door w/small glass for our new 2nd bathroom. Since the bathroom has a big window, would like to…

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Reverse Privacy Lock Sets to Child Proof

By Todd Fratzel on Doors

We have child proofed a couple of doors in our house by simply reversing the privacy lock sets. In particular we have used this method on the door leading to our basement stairs and the utility room in the basement. This is a really simple method to child proof doors without having bulky door knob…

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How To Install Pocket Doors

By Todd Fratzel on Doors

Installing Pocket Doors Installing a pocket door isn’t very complicated. Pocket doors offer a great design solution for tight spaces that don’t have sufficient room for the door to swing open. Pocket doors also free up wall space where a door might otherwise swing open. We see the use of pocket doors more and more…

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