I recently bid on a project to build and entry door and the customer gave me the go ahead. That’s the good part, the bad part is I did not fully resolve the design before I bid. The door is basically a 32″ entry door but he wants it to be split down the middle vertically and be hinged on both halves. The trouble is I am not able to find suitable hardware to keep the doors together when closed. What I need is a slide bolt that is disengaged when you turn the lock set and is spring loaded so that all he has to do is pull the door shut to engage. Standard slide bolts will not work because this door is the main door that they use and being that each door is only 16″ wide both doors would have to be opened each time they enter or leave. Any ideas?
What the???? Scotty, one crazy customer to beam up.
Its not something that I would want in my house. He wants the 2 doors because of space constraints. I am a little worried because I have a feeling that he will not be happy with the arrangment after I am done. I did try to talk him out of it though and gave him a few different ideas to ponder. Oh well.
Pella windows and doors has some sort of set up for this on their ???, what did they call them, garden doors, french doors .. check with them ..
Edited 11/17/2006 1:03 pm ET by wane
It just sounds like a major mess on every level- fabrication, weather stripping, security, function, and last but not least architecture. He/she is doing to end up with those swinging doors you see on saloons in a old western. Don't forget that the opening will be at least 3" smaller because you will have two doors swinging into the house instead of a standard single door (1 1/2").
I agree. Luckily I am not too concerned about making a weather tight seal, the door opens into an enclosed conditioned porch. I have found a source for the hardware so thanks to all who led me in the right direction. I am going to try and walk the client through the cons of this arrangement one more time before I start on this phase of the work that he wants me to do. I would like the money but I know that this job will bite me.
Hager automatic flushbolts. 291D check them out at http://www.hagerhinge.com
When the active door is closed, they engage. When the active door is open, they disengage. It's a good piece of hardware.
That is too smallto be pratical for a double door setup, but an "Automatic" door bolt or door lock is what that is called
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