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Cheapest way to enhance soundproofing for an apartment door?

You've already done what you can by blocking gaps around the door. Next, You can try hanging mover's mats from strong portable over-the-door hooks Overlap the opening on either side of the door as ...
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Throwing a party when the bathroom door can't be properly closed

If your door opens to the inside: Go to your local big-box or home store and pick up a flip door lock (aka flip-action lock) and install it just above the doorknob. It costs less than US$5.00 and can ...
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How to open car door when lock is frozen?

I hope this is obvious - but you don't mention it in your question: Try all the doors and the boot first. I've usually found that one of the doors will open in this situation. If you have to enter the ...
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DIY door stopper

A simple DIY idea that has the potential to look good is to make a stuffed animal / plushy into a door stopper. You need to select a plushy that is higher than the door gap and wider than the door ...
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How can I prevent slugs on my glass sliding doors

WD-40 can be used in the bottom part of your glass door so they won't be able to climb, sliding down, and it will be invisible. WD-40 is waterproof, so it will be effective as a barrier even after a ...
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How do I remove this lock?

You need a short hook and a bogota lockpick. Master locks are so incredibly poorly manufacured that it typically takes 30-60 seconds to open one you don't know. Sparrows sells decent picks, but buy ...
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Keep room door partially open at night, allowing air flow but prevent anyone from entering?

As far as I understand you want to sleep in a room while door is slightly open where there are many risks walking in front of your door. I will probably do two things 1- Lift my door a little bit ...
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How to open car door when lock is frozen?

In the olden days before I got a car with a remote unlocking I had similar problems. I used to carry a cigarette lighter with me and I'd use it to heat the metal part of the key then insert it into ...
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Adding a temporary door

Alternative solution: give your brother ear plugs for the duration of his visit. A pole with a thick curtain can muffle the sounds somewhat, but not much and the curtains needs to be very thick and ...
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Throwing a party when the bathroom door can't be properly closed

call your landlord As you mentioned that the location is a rental, you should consult with the renter whenever problems arrive with the unit. This is equal parts a courtesy to the owner/operator and a ...
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How to open car door when lock is frozen?

I just moved to a cold area. A weather announcer on TV said that if your car windows have ice on them, spray them with rubbing alcohol. That melts the ice because rubbing alcohol freezes at a very ...
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Cheapest way to enhance soundproofing for an apartment door?

To Stan’s answer, I would simple add: You could also use an area carpet. Check Craig’sList —people give away these rugs all the time. You can find gently used ones and even new rugs for free. A ...
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Keep room door partially open at night, allowing air flow but prevent anyone from entering?

There are several kinds of hardware for sale for just this. Which are available where you live depends on the local market, so likely the ones I find on internet round here might be available where ...
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How do I remove this lock?

In this situation, I put forward following hacks possible: If you had noted down its key number, Masterlock would be able to help you with creating spare keys for that lock. Find out a locksmith to ...
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How can I prevent slugs on my glass sliding doors

petroleum jelly, apply it along the edges of glass with sponge/microfiber cloth. put some sand/sawdust along the path on the floor/ground that they use to climb on the glass Copper Grease applied ...
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Throwing a party when the bathroom door can't be properly closed

One option could possibly be to just remove door knob, and replace with a piece of rope through that hole. Tie a knot on either side, and you'll have door knobs not falling off, and something you can ...
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Make a door move gradually?

There is a device referred to as a "door swing damper" which resists the ability of a door to swing freely. It does not close the door nor does it only hold the door in an open position. It works for ...
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DIY door stopper

All the answers were really good but I'm posting here to tell you what I finally did. I took 2 door stoppers that I had previously bought and were too short for the door and tied them together with ...
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How can I pick an old Dexter brass privacy door handle with a sliding latch?

Most knob sets with that hole on the outside are intended to be unlocked with a small flat-blade screwdriver. Some come with a "key" that is just exactly, made from bent heavy wire. Try ...
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Storing wooden doors in shed

As with all wooden items, they should be stored flat with gaps all round for air flow to prevent warping. Propping against a wall will encourage warp as the wood soaks the moisture from the air and ...
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DIY door stopper

You could use 'pool noodles'. These can also be used when the door is closed to seal the entire door bottom so heat doesn't leak through the gap. https://www.amazon.com/Oodles-Noodles-Deluxe-Foam-Pool/...
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DIY door stopper

2 ideas that I have used. A box or bucket used to store umbrellas. An gallon of paint. Bonus is easy to reposition to hold the door open.
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DIY door stopper

A an effective door stop need not be a permanent thing. My first thought is not attractive but may give you some ideas. A plastic two-litre carbonated drink container is light and very tough. You ...
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Make a door move gradually?

You can take advantage of the eddy currents generated by magnetic fields to build a dashpot. Simply attach a strong neodymium magnet to a rod and then place the contraption inside a conductive metal ...
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How to open car door when lock is frozen?

If I suspect freezing weather ahead, I strip the glove compartment and car of anything valuable and leave a rear door unlocked.
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Keep room door partially open at night, allowing air flow but prevent anyone from entering?

Keep room door partially open at night, allowing air flow but prevent anyone from entering? Here is what you can do. The thing which prevents the door from opening completely is known as Door Chain. ...
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How do I remove this lock?

My experience (using and repairing these tools on a daily basis) is that a $20 angle grinder from Harbor Freight with a "slicing wheel" mounted is far easier to hold steady than a (usually more ...
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How to open a door without it creaking?

Use a lipsalve aka chapstick on the hinges, push it into the gaps between the two hinge leaves with your fingers. It also works on swinging shower screens. Oil runs out, lipsalve just stays put.
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