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How many hinges are needed on a door: some have three, some have two, why?

February 2, 2012 by · Comments Off on How many hinges are needed on a door: some have three, some have two, why? 

Usually at least 3 hinges need to be fitted on a door.  Light weight internal domestic doors may be fitted with only 2 hinges.  Doors with a security function need to have at least 3 hinges, as this makes them more difficult to force.  Fire Regulations require fire doors to be fitted with 3 hinges (which must be 4 inch fire certified hinges).  For doors over 2200mm tall, then four hinges can be used to prevent warping. Consider any other factors that increase the loadings of hinges and their fixings – extra wide doors, high level of abuse, e.g. school or hospital.

Winner announced of our April 1st “Most Creative Interpretation of Fire Regulations” Award

March 31, 2011 by · Comments Off on Winner announced of our April 1st “Most Creative Interpretation of Fire Regulations” Award 

Note the canny use of the fire bucket.  And the DDA compliancy of the pull handle (i.e. none).  Thank you to the fire officer who noticed this door at their kid’s school parents evening for sending us this photo. Do you have a better one?
school-fire-door

What are pullman catches?

August 11, 2010 by · Comments Off on What are pullman catches? 

Q (from Rachel) We are looking for a Panic bar to suit a uPVC french door.  We don’t need a handle on the outside.  The Exidor 502A-B looks like it will do the job.  What do the optional extras mean (Horizontal pullman catches & Vertical pullman catches)?
A: (from Doorstuff) The pullman catches offer better security, and for a uPVC door, you’d probably go for the vertical ones. If you don’t, the unit is supplied with a top trip to suit a uPVC door, so it will still work OK.  More important things to consider though – Is there any internal locking system already in the door, how does the door currently operate, is it a single or double door?  Any current locking & handles will need to be disengaged so the only lock on the door will be the Exidor 502A-B to meet fire regulations.

Q: Please can you confirm if you have any sliding door kits that are suitable for a kitchen. In particular I am concerned that a kitchen door is normally a fire door. Do sliding doors meet the safety/building requirements for use as a kitchen door and if so which kit should I use?

July 6, 2010 by · Comments Off on Q: Please can you confirm if you have any sliding door kits that are suitable for a kitchen. In particular I am concerned that a kitchen door is normally a fire door. Do sliding doors meet the safety/building requirements for use as a kitchen door and if so which kit should I use? 

A: The only fire rated sliding door gear we can offer is the iMpero pocket door fire door kit.  A “normal” (i.e. non-pocket) sliding door could not ever meet fire regulations because of the inevitable air spaces between the wall and the door.

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