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Little to do with the balance of the door and more likely a great hinge system.

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Little to do with the balance of the door and more likely a great hinge system.

Huuuge...
Leave it to you to pivot the topic.
 
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I think they're using balance incorrectly. The upper and lower pivot holes have to be plumb. That's incredibly easy.

Getting the holes polished and cylindrical (if that is what they are) is more laborious.

I'm surprised archeologists hadn't recognized that the wooden architrave kept pressure off the Intel over the door, and allowed maintenance of the pivot.

They're pretty vague about changing the pivot pin, with only a mention of soap to do it. Probably they drop some soap, and when the door bends over to pick it up, BAM, new pivot pin.
 

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I think they're using balance incorrectly. The upper and lower pivot holes have to be plumb. That's incredibly easy.

Getting the holes polished and cylindrical (if that is what they are) is more laborious.

I'm surprised archeologists hadn't recognized that the wooden architrave kept pressure off the Intel over the door, and allowed maintenance of the pivot.

They're pretty vague about changing the pivot pin, with only a mention of soap to do it. Probably they drop some soap, and when the door bends over to pick it up, BAM, new pivot pin.
I bet they'd pay well to have you do a better job.
 

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I thought the church 10’s was a workout. The craftsman of those days. Brute strength, a lot of thought & minimal hand tools. My grandpa always carried parafin wax for doors. Would be interesting to have video of those being built

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Here's a closeup of one of the doors.
I'm finding a conflicting information that say these aren't the original doors but were replaced in the 15th century.
What we see today is the 3rd Pantheon that was built after the first two burned. Hadrian was responsible for this one.
The bronze on the exterior of the dome was stripped long ago to make cannons.
Just not a lot of information on the doors.

 
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I think they're using balance incorrectly. The upper and lower pivot holes have to be plumb. That's incredibly easy.

Getting the holes polished and cylindrical (if that is what they are) is more laborious.

I'm surprised archeologists hadn't recognized that the wooden architrave kept pressure off the Intel over the door, and allowed maintenance of the pivot.

They're pretty vague about changing the pivot pin, with only a mention of soap to do it. Probably they drop some soap, and when the door bends over to pick it up, BAM, new pivot pin.
So are you saying that the foreman’s pin wasn’t big enough or he wasn’t fast enough to get the pin in?


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The largest door I ever installed was a 12‘ x 30 installed at Otis elevator test facility in Bristol Connecticut.

And yes the hinges were huuuuge!
 
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