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In a place like Houston, the bad guys are getting better and better with their burglary stuff. You need to study a lot of about preventing break-in like strengthening your deadbolt, install a four-screw, strike plate box, beefing up the locket strike plate etc. and lots of stuff. If you think the guys who provide door reinforcement in Houston, could suggest you the best solution, then mind the particular features of your home or apartments. It
My concern continues to be that more and stronger hardware on the frame/trim side is not going to help when the door is hollow wood, since the hinges are not anchored securely to the door like they are on the frame side where they are attached to the stud. But I suppose that adding hinges would make the door more resistant to kick-ins, as you suggested.
the may be hollow but not around its perimeter. there is usually a 2x3 or 2x4 on the hinge or strike sides, and across the top and bottom. newer, less expensive doors may have lesser material but there is still some substance there to provide strength to the door itself. You're not going to get max security out of a low priced entry door, tha'ts why it was cheap to begin with. You can buy a pre-hung door of the same size, remove it from its frame and hang it in your existing frame. less work and time to fit it but if your existing frame it part of your problem then doesn't help much. but you said you main concern is your wimpy door so this might be an option to look into. need to check the location of the hinges and lockset to see how/if they line up with your old door locations oin the frame since you will be mixing parts. It can be done if you find the right door, taking some planning/measuring to pull it off. Look and see what make door you have now.. (Pease, Stanley, etc.) and look for the same make, you might make out better trying to match the hinges locations but they are usually about the same IIRC. Of course onsome doors such as a metal clad or fiberglass door moving the hinge locations is not recommended, you'll have to make adjustments in the door frames which is easier in any case. You can patch the mortises for the old hinges and if the frame is painted then you can pretty much hide the repair to all but a close exaimination, but there is nothing wrong with this type of repair.
I think TOH has shown door swap outs a couple times if you wantr some video on the subject.
"It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006
No, my door wasn't broken into, thankfully I put longer screws into the strikeplates and the hinges.
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While living in a seasoned home provides comfort, it does have some downsides. Older doors can lack security, and many homeowners look for quality solutions to this problem. What you've already done for your door is great and should provide needed security, but I understand your need to secure the hinge side of the door. A great way, along with installing a deadbolt to a door, to reduce security risks for a home front door is to install a hinge shield. These can be purchased at most home improvement stores, such as Home Depot and Lowe's for an average price of around $25-$50. Although it isn't free, it will most likely be much cheaper than hiring a professional contractor to come in, give you an estimate, and complete the job.