On the inside, a piece of hardware is missing from a room with no clear explanation.
The door is broken, the carpet is dirty, the window has been ripped out.
When it’s time to replace the hardware, there’s a chance the repair won’t work.
“The hardware has to be installed correctly,” said Marc Sorensen, president of The Sorento Company.
“It has to have the right amount of resistance to prevent the door from being pulled out of the wall.”
Sorenesen said most of the repairs that he does are “easy” and require just a few minutes.
When a piece is out of place, it can be hard to get the correct amount of force on it to open.
In that situation, he recommends going with an inexpensive tool that comes with the house.
“A simple bolt cutters or a little bit of wood is the right way to go,” he said.
“There’s no way around it, there are no excuses.”
In Toronto, it’s not uncommon for a homeowner to lose an entire wall to a broken door.
“When I had my own house and I moved into a new place, the door had to be moved from my garage to a storage space,” said John St. John, president and CEO of St.
Johns Construction Services.
“That’s what you’re going to have to do when you get a door that’s been in a garage for 30 years.”
St. Johns said he’s noticed that a lot of people who lose their doors to damage don’t realize that they need to get rid of them.
“You’re going through a house and you need to replace things that you need, and you’re not going to do it yourself,” he explained.
“So you have to find someone that can help you.”
A home improvement store has helped many homeowners make the right decision.
“I’ve done a lot with people that have been dealing with their door problems, and they have gotten some pretty great deals,” said Kevin Miller, owner of the store that specializes in home improvement and maintenance.
Miller said that when he started his business he was only working on the inside of the home.
“Now we’re really into the outside,” he added.
“We’re working on everything from ceiling replacement to door opening.”
While the store may have a small stock of door hardware and door hardware components, they also offer a variety of other services.
The company has a variety, from basic installation to repair and new door hardware.
St. johns said that people are also trying to find a way to keep their doors from being torn open.
“They may think they’ve done the right thing by not using their door for the first year,” he told CBC Toronto.
“But if it’s a really big mistake they can end up breaking it.”
The story appears in the March 27, 2019 edition of The Globe and Mail.