so it can be used as a stable door. chippie will route a grove for
additional intumescent strip to seal the gap between top and bottom opening
in event of fire.
any probs with this set up seen by you lot?
i fitted a fire door simply because i was replacing the door anyway and
thought it a good idea due to having a disabled daughter in the house. the
door isnt self closing but in the event of fire i can close top and bottom
halfs to provide extra fire protection. the idea of having to halfs is so
that the bottom can be kept closed to prevent little fingers getting burnt
and still have an open view into the dining room to keep an eye out.
On Wed, 7 Jan 2004 15:10:26 -0000, R P McMurphey wrote:
A door that has to be manually closed is of limited use as a fire door. I
suppose if you normally keep it shut but just had it open/half open when
working in the kitchen it would be better than nothing though.
I don't think there is any building regs requirement to have a fire door
here, so you wouldn't be breaching any regs.
Would a stairgate across the door be an alternative?
The only way I could see this working is if you have electromagnetic
door retainers on the doors which release automatically if the fire
off, thereby closing the door. However I have no idea what the regs
say about the principle of chopping a fire-door in half as you
propose; my guess is that would be a no-no!
On Wed, 7 Jan 2004 10:19:26 -0000, "R P McMurphey"
Many fire doors have a filler rather than being solid wood and don't
take kindly to being sawn in half. At the least you would be left
with a rather odd finish where the cut was made.
I was just thinking the opposite of this when I read your reply.
In our loft conversion we had a fire door cut down to be just the top part
(slightly more than a half) of a "4-panelled" pattern door. This is the
access to an adjancent loft storage area in a part of the roof that wasn't
tall enough to actually convert (actually our loft converters made VERY poor
use of the headroom available even in the main part of the loft, but that's
another long and annoying story). It was a pleasure to cut this door, as
these particular doors are some kind of solid "chipboard" inside and are
therefore EASIER to cut than ordinary panel-effect moulded internal doors
with the "cardboard eggbox" filler. These need a replacement edge fitting
where they are cut.
As we were cutting the BOTTOM half off, we have kept the intumescent strips
at the sides and top - there wouldn't be one at the bottom anyway (if the
other doors are anything to go by).
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