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Blog entry by Grumpy posted 08-01-2009 03:21 AM 8139 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some time ago I posted a blog asking if anyone had any ideas on a two way opening door system for a toilet entry.
http://lumberjocks.com/Grumpy/blog/8405
I got some good ideas from that & also chased the World wide web. Many thanks to those who responded.
There are manufacturers that make systems just for this purpose but they are generally expensive & some require considerable modification to the door jamb structure which was what I wanted to avoid.
After a lot of thinking & not much doing I had an idea that was simple, cost effective & practical.
I used a bi-fold door mechanism which was pivoted at the top & bottom of the door (no hinges). I used the track & the pivots from this kit.
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This allowed the door to open in both directions.
Next came the issue of a door stop to allow the door to open & close internally under normal use & to open outwards in an emergency. The door was free to swing in either direction because I had reduced the width so that it fitted inside the jamb. I needed something to act as a stop that could also be moved in an emergency to allow the door to open out.
The kit for the bi-fold door system had a spring loaded overhead plastic runner for a second door. This was not needed because there is only one door. But it had a use as a door stop. I cut the runner so it had one flat side & the rest was the original circular section. The flat side was to act as a door stop.
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In an emergency the stop could be pushed in so it was flush with the jamb allowing the door to open out. The red was added graphically for effect.
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There was one more problem Grrrrrr @#$%$%%^^&&(*&(
The door needed about 1/4” gap between it & the jamb to allow it to pivot both ways. This resulted in a privacy issue because there was some limited view of the inside.
To overcome this I added a privacy strip either side of the jamb. It allowed the door to pivot but blocked any view of the inside.
This is the profile.
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This photo is with strips fitted to the jamb
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As you can see the project is not finished yet but the idea is the important part.
The total cost was $50Aus (about $41.50US)

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 08-01-2009 03:43 AM

Interesting aproach

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Bureaucrat

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#2 posted 08-01-2009 05:17 AM

Grumpy:
I can see why you have done more thinking than doing. There are a few issues to deal with but it looks like you have this project licked.

-- Gary

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#3 posted 08-01-2009 05:27 AM

Nice

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 08-01-2009 05:30 AM

good save !
an interesting fix .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 08-01-2009 05:55 AM

for ten bucks you could of hung a blanket over the door … >grin< ... just kidding …
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glad you got something to work for you … hope all is well

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 08-01-2009 12:01 PM

work those brain cells.. work those brain cells :D

glad you found a solution.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#7 posted 08-01-2009 02:32 PM

Grumpy: A great solution. I knew you could do it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 08-01-2009 03:57 PM

Hey Buddy;

Nice solution, very creative.

Lee

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Grumpy

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#9 posted 08-02-2009 12:03 AM

Thanks everyone. If it inspires somene else to a similar job & it potentially saves a life thats great.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 08-02-2009 02:28 AM

Way to improvise, Grumpy! It’s gratifying to come up with good solutions.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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