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Old 05-21-2015, 08:59 AM  
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Need 2" More Clear Opening Between 5'0 Bifold Doors


In a project a recently finished, I have a laundry closet tucked under the sloped roof as drawn. Now with the washer and dryer installed, the door or one of the machines can't open 90 degrees. I need 2" more free opening width.

We've eliminated these options:
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french door
curtain
changing hinging on W/D.

Is there any fancy hardware or hinge that would let me open the bifold a little more? The hinge pin and roller thing at the top cause there to be a little wasted space when it's open. Any other type of door I'm not thinking of?

Expensive undesirable options are adding to the 2'9 dimension or buying a different brand new set. The roof of the closet slopes at 12:12 so there is 10" of space above the units at the current back of the closet.
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Re: Need 2" More Clear Opening Between 5'0 Bifold Doors


Maybe answered my own question: How about a piano hinge or regular matching door hinge at the jamb and remove the pivot pins? Keep the roller at the top for a guide. That might gain enough.

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How about widening the opening and using the same doors with a trim piece attached to the center door edges?
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How about widening the opening and using the same doors with a trim piece attached to the center door edges?
Maybe. I didn't think about that as a way to widen the opening without getting custom doors. Widening is not easy, the opening is shoehorned in as it is. But I can replace the jack studs with angle brackets I suppose.
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Just do a double hinge door. Basically it's a bifold using std door hinges at the fold and wall. They don't use a top, or bottom track. The door will fold back tight to itself, out of the way. The trick might be your rough opening, or cutting down doors to accommodate a jamb opening.

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Just do a double hinge door. Basically it's a bifold using std door hinges at the fold and wall. They don't use a top, or bottom track. The door will fold back tight to itself, out of the way. The trick might be your rough opening, or cutting down doors to accommodate a jamb opening.

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I was thinking the same..double door standard hinges and ball catches.
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I think the dual swing doors is what he is calling a french door.

Double doors would be the answer.

Seeing as it is not on the list------remove doors completely.

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Maybe answered my own question: How about a piano hinge or regular matching door hinge at the jamb and remove the pivot pins? Keep the roller at the top for a guide. That might gain enough.
I think this might be it...

Setting the gap would be kinda tricky
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Just do a double hinge door. Basically it's a bifold using std door hinges at the fold and wall. They don't use a top, or bottom track. The door will fold back tight to itself, out of the way. The trick might be your rough opening, or cutting down doors to accommodate a jamb opening.

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What keeps them from swinging wild without a track to guide? I'd like them to open with the action of a bifold door.

Maybe this isn't critical.
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I agree with the suggestion of a double hinge door.
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I like Railmans idea. Maybe you could use a ball and catch still to hold it at the top and maybe a foot lock on one?

Another thought, how about 3/4" doors on piano hinges that collapse tighter.

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