If parents need to see in and the kids need to NOT see out, maybe an
inexpensive monitor system could be installed. Modern electronics, cameras
and moinitors are plentiful and much cheaper than they used to be.
And if some problem kids are going to yell, perhaps some sound proofing.
Woman from the church talked to a finish carpenter (or maybe a cabinet
maker) yesterday and he said it couldn't be done -- even with a solid
core door because the panels would come apart if it was cut. ??? Of
course, I don't know what she really asked him.
I have a table saw, jointer, and router. I may just make a door from
scratch and use Formica for the door skins instead of Luan to make it
more durable. How hard could it be? (if it's a disaster, I'll learn
something, and no one else has to know :-) Spruce 2x6's aren't that
I should probably hang it before I apply the skins so they don't chip at
the edges if the door needs to be trimmed.
(Somebody stop me)
To keep the rails and stiles and blocking from telegraphing thru? I was
planning to have quite a bit of internal bracing (because of the window)
and fill the voids with foam sheeting (to deaden the noise.) Not
arguing, just trying to understand what you mean. Thanks.
There are hollow-core slab doors with windows in them at work. I'm
gonna take some measurements today.
Not true about the hollow core doors.
I had to make some off standard size doors and started with hollow cores. I
cut them to size, knocked the cardboard stiffener out of the way on the open
edge and milled a piece to fit the gap and glued it in.
Once I sanded the edges it looked almost like the factory edge.
I thought so.
I'll see if Menard's has any prehung hollow core slab doors. Hollow
core probably has only 2 hinges, so it'll be easier to add another pair
before I cut it (instead of having to move the center hinge and add a
4th.) I've been looking at windowed hollow doors at work and they have
a relatively small window off-center and away from the hinges -- doesn't
reduce the strength as much that way.
I might can do the whole thing in a weekend for < $100. If I ruin it, I
haven't ruined much. (the window will be trickier than cutting and
reblocking the edges) Thanks.
Good advice there.
When I was going to install a Dutch door, my customer asked me to check
code on it before going ahead. So I talked to the local building
inspector (City of Oakland), who was very helpful. Basically, he asked
me what kind of door was there before (it was a hollow-core door), and
said that since the existing door wasn't fire-rated (and didn't need to
be), the Dutch door needn't be either.
So what I took away from this is that if one is installing a Dutch door
to replace an existing door, assuming that the existing door is
code-compliant, than the Dutch door should be built to the same spec as
the existing door. If the door is fire-rated, then the Dutch door needs
to be as well.
Personally, I like Vista, but I probably won't use it. I like it
because it generates considerable business for me in consulting and
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