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While I’ve seen plenty of secret passageways used in home interiors, I think this is the first time I’ve seen a hidden exterior doorway. This fantastic home hack comes to us via Core77. The YouTube user that uploaded it, oggfaba, has given a few details on the materials used:

  • Standard fiberglass exterior door.
  • Red cedar (won’t rot, but lighter than pressure treated). Three 2x4s, ripped to 3″ to form a frame to offset the siding, mounted to the door using 3″ lag screws and fender washers (fender washers used to prevent the bolts from tearing through the fiberglass door).
  • HardiPlank siding.
  • Morning Industry Keypad and Remote Deadbolt.
  • Ball Catch (holds the door shut without needing a turn-able doorknob).
  • Richelieu 1-1/2-in x 1-1/2-in Satin Nickel Surface Cabinet Hinge (two).
  • Hose bib (used as as the exterior door handle… no working plumbing connected).
  • Interior doorknob is a dummy knob (used for pulling the door open but doesn’t actually latch).
Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


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