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Sliding doors with swing doors11/4/15
Making a sliding door with a swinging door built into it. Swinging door needs to be egress and ADA. Advice please.
My questions are for the designer that came up with this:
I hope it is not you Mackenzie - I mean no disrespect. But about 10 minutes thought and this drawing would have ended up in the trash can.
There is historical precedent of a smaller door in a larger door, but both doors are hinged, and the smaller door opening has a rail that connects the two sides - as part of the larger door - to add the rigidity needed to make it work. That is, it is framed on all four sides by the larger door.
I'm not the designer but I am making a list of requirements they'll need to allow before I start building.
I told them they'll be needing some manner of slide bolt on what will be the hinge jamb and the strike jamb.
Both the bolts and that the slider is on the inside and the door swings out should I think keep it from swinging vertical
They've specified no exterior pull, it's really only for emergency egress.
I guess my main question is will the slide bolt work, and can I trust everyone to engage them.
If it was me I would try to talk them into a fold slide with one operating door.
Flush hinges and recess door latches and locks are available.
My old shop in a rented building was exactly that. Wouldn't meet ADA because there was a bottom rail in the swing door opening. You might be able to pull it off if the sliding door was recessed so that the bottom rail was at grade. Wouldn't be wind tight.
We did a 14' high slider with a man door for a art barn. Top hung with RW barn hardware. The mice were going right through the brush seals. We tried several ways to seal better. In the end the owner had us set the door permanently in place.
Lift slide would have been a better solution.
We/they decided only two doors (one on each side of the building) need ada egress therefore those ones will be be hung in a sliding door and the sliding door fixed in place. And vice versa, the operable sliding doors will have a fixed swinging door.
new topic: whats the best way to make those panels?
Sliding doors are more efficient in use as it does not utilise much of the area at your house. I got such sliding doors fixed at my house as it does not consume much of the space as being consumed by a normal door where it needs extra space for the doors to be pulled out. Trust me, sliding doors not only saves the space, it also makes the room more perfect in shape. I got mine done through http://canglow.ca/.