Saturday, August 01, 2015

A Simple Low-cost Hallway Barrier


This is nothing more than a cut-down wooden door hung sideways, with screen replacing the glass panel.

Smart, attractive, and cheap. What's not to love?

6 comments:

Rick said...

Is this yours, Patrick? If not, then this line of questions is for the owner or the installer:

Does the hinge side land squarely on a stud in the wall, or was the wall framed to support a door at that exact spot? Or is this an old house with solid wood wall sheathing? If not, I would have put the hinges on the other side, because there will certainly be multiple studs at a corner. Toggle bolts, or lag shields, probably won't be enough to support this door for the long run, unless it is made of balsa wood or lightweight plastic.

Just my humble opinion, after having hung a thousand doors over the last few decades.

PBurns said...

Not mine. Saw it on pinterest. I assume the wall was rocked after the studs were put in. You are right, if it's just dry wall, that alone won't hold it. I'm one of those guys who multiplies 16 really well. :)

Rick said...

I find that even if the previous carpenters were good with their 16" centers, I can't count on the studs being exactly where I need them for remodel work. We have our ways, though!

PBurns said...

Just looked at the picture again, and I think it's handing off a stud 16" back -- the length of a Jack Russell body.

Rick said...

Even if not, and if the door just absolutely had to swing that way, you could put a dozen or more big toggle bolts through a 1x6 or 1x8 upright, staggered widely, and attach the hinges to the upright. That would work, at least for a while. Or better yet, you could attach a horizontal 1x4 or 1x6 to catch the studs on either side of the door, and attach the upper hinge to that. The lower hinge is already on the baseboard, and serves the same purpose. The upper of two hinges will carry about 2/3 to 3/4 of the weight.

Even with something as simple as hanging a pet door, if I am doing work for hire, I have to offer a one year warranty on my labor. And I also have to keep in mind that, at least in Texas, there is no statute of limitations for negligence in construction. Many of my clients are attorneys, so I have to stay on my toes!

PipedreamFarm said...

We have something like this between our mudroom and living room; it's call a Dutch door.