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In the gymnasium where I work -built in the mid-50's- I have a doorway that goes from the dressing room/offices area into the gym. It had a door in it at one time, and I need to put one back. The problem is the opening is 49.75" wide x 82" tall. Apparently it had one door in the opening back when it was there; there are hinges on the one side and strikeplate etc on the other. Ever hear of a swinging door that big? Likely not something we are going to be able to afford, so I have to come up with something else.
Working with what I have on hand is always the best way here at a privately funded college.
What I have on hand is overly tall solid wood closet doors and 32" doors with wire glass in them. I am thinking about cutting the [solid wood door] to fit as a filler between the 32" door and the door frame hinges. Hinge the filler on both sides, then attach the 32" door to the filler. This works for one main reason; the bleachers that sit right outside the doorway and into the doorway space approximately the distance of the filler when it is in place! Clear as mud right?
The only place I am having a problem (If this will work) is how to support the filler, yet allow it to be somewhat useable?
I am looking for a "here's a better way" or "walk away" or something useful.
Hoping for a response, DaveVB
 

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I would do as you say and use the 32" door and cut another down for a filler then hinge them as you would a double door and put flush bolts or surface mounted bolts on the filler piece. This way the 32" door can be used as normal door and you can have the entire opening if needed.

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You may be able to get away with a 32" door where you are. Most public access buildings would require a 36" due to ADA requirements. There could be fire egress issues as well.
 

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What BillD said.

Hanging the larger door off the filler may work, but you will have a lot of stress put on the filler. Even if its a solid door, after cutting it down it may not be able to take the weight.

If the only option is to hinge off the filler, you will need to be able to secure the two panels together so when using as the 4' door, so it swings as one slab.
 

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They make a 4' revolving door for commercial buildings.:thumbsup: It is a code to have such door for an area of 3,000SF. Check with supply houses who sell commercial materials, you will find one. Good luck :thumbsup:

In the gymnasium where I work -built in the mid-50's- I have a doorway that goes from the dressing room/offices area into the gym. It had a door in it at one time, and I need to put one back. The problem is the opening is 49.75" wide x 82" tall. Apparently it had one door in the opening back when it was there; there are hinges on the one side and strikeplate etc on the other. Ever hear of a swinging door that big? Likely not something we are going to be able to afford, so I have to come up with something else.
Working with what I have on hand is always the best way here at a privately funded college.
What I have on hand is overly tall solid wood closet doors and 32" doors with wire glass in them. I am thinking about cutting the [solid wood door] to fit as a filler between the 32" door and the door frame hinges. Hinge the filler on both sides, then attach the 32" door to the filler. This works for one main reason; the bleachers that sit right outside the doorway and into the doorway space approximately the distance of the filler when it is in place! Clear as mud right?
The only place I am having a problem (If this will work) is how to support the filler, yet allow it to be somewhat useable?
I am looking for a "here's a better way" or "walk away" or something useful.
Hoping for a response, DaveVB
 

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Not sure of code issues on that one, - - but seems to the easiest thing to do is install a 36" pre-hung door unit, center it, and frame around it (not necessarily in that order).
 
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