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House possessed by gremlins

Last Wednesday, the switch controlling one of the two overhead bathroom lights decided it would no longer turn off. So that night we just closed the bathroom door and the bedroom door and ignored the light. I made some attempt at looking up electricians before leaving town for a conference, but had more urgent things on my mind.. And by the time I got home last night, it was working again. I presume there's still a problem and it still needs to be fixed, but it's on the back burner now.

So today we came home from running errands, put down our bags in the kitchen and dining room, and I went to hang up our coats on the enclosed porch... and couldn't get out to the enclosed porch. The door was unlocked, and the doorknob turned normally, but it had no effect on the bolt. I went out the back door, around the house, and in the front, and couldn't get the door to open from the outside either.

So I got some screwdrivers and removed the doorknob. No dice. I couldn't remove the plate, because the door was still closed. I got a hammer and knocked the pins out of the hinges. No dice. I started trying to pry the bolt open with a screwdriver, and all I got was the sound of splintering wood. So I figured the door was already seriously compromised, continued prying and splintering, and eventually pulled the bolt assembly completely out of the wood.

So now we can get in and out of the enclosed porch, but we really need a door there. Home Depot, here we come....

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you can actually get metal plates that bolt to the door and hold the lockset in place even though the wood is compromised

Hmmm....

Interesting idea. As you can see, the wood is QUITE "compromised", but if it worked, that would save us several hundred dollars. We were planning to replace the door anyway, but hadn't planned to do that this week.
If you MUST use Home Despot, make sure they take ALL measurements - height, width, and depth of door. I had a very bad experience with them, and finally got my new front door installed (from another source) during a blizzard, in January, when it was supposed to have been done back in September, before I left on a three-week trip to see my first grandson in Colorado. Door wouldn't lock in August, replacement was ordered but didn't fit properly as measurements weren't taken correctly, replacement door apparently came in and was twice scheduled for installation,and when they finally came to install it after cancelling on me twice couldn't find the door (but COULD find the box it had come in,I finally gave up and ordered something else from a locally established business. It cost a lot more, but I got much better service. I ordered in November, they measured the following weekend, and told me when it would arrive and why. They explained that door would not arrive until after Christmas, but they would install it as soon as it came. They were as good as their word, and did so. Called up the day we'd scheduled it, asked if I wanted it installed today because of the blizzard, and my reply was, essentially, "Hell, YES!" (I hadn't been able to secure the door well since September, and the heat loss was getting to me. They came, installed the door, cleaned up after themselves, and left as the first flakes were falling. I think I was their only customer that day.

It is only recently I have gone back to Depot for anything. And I certainly won't use them for anything installed.