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    Can a set of hinges hold two fire doors?

    Sorry gregers ... don't understand ... it's only 685mm wide, and anyway, what's the difference between hanging off another door, or hanging off a door frame? The real struggle surely is at the frame end!
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    Can a set of hinges hold two fire doors?

    Sorry - should have said - they are only 'fire' doors because we wanted that solid feel and better sound insulation ... there is no fire regulation issue in this case. The two doors will obviously have to be hinged together in the middle (2 hinges). And right now I figure on getting 4 x 150mm...
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    Can a set of hinges hold two fire doors?

    Hi there Need to hang a pair of solid wood fire doors (I'm guessing they will be 35-40kg each) ... but they need to be hung so that one is hinged to the other, and then this pair is then hinged on a single side ... eg. they will be like a very loose bifold door, and fold away to one side when...
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    Making your own doors ... level of skill needed?!

    Thanks all. Good tip re: tacking on the top spacers. Think I'll give it a go ... this forum has inspired me to tackle many things, and although they've caused a fair bit of heartache, I've got to say I'm pretty pleased with what has emerged at the end of the day!
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    Making your own doors ... level of skill needed?!

    Ok ... yes, I concede for all the hassle and heartache etc., I'm probably better off buying the actual doors off the shelf. Yes, definitely want 44mm heavy fire door types, but I'm sure as you say the sizes aren't that out of the ordinary so there won't be that much hunting about. So, I guess...
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    Making your own doors ... level of skill needed?!

    Well ... they are 143cm wide x 198cm high. I know 1983mm is quite a common one (6'6" I'm guessing), but that width is probably going to be tricky. Do you have a suggestion for a good quality manufacturer .. i.e. not XL etc. ... that would be good to know!
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    Making your own doors ... level of skill needed?!

    By readymade ... do you mean like the ones you get from Howdens or the like? I've bought those before and a) they seem really flimsy in comparison and b) they are difficult to find in pairs ... and a little difficult to find a pair that will fit the existing door frames that aren't a standard...
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    Making your own doors ... level of skill needed?!

    Hi Badly need two pairs of double doors in our nearly completed house ... but shocked at how much some joinery companies are asking to make & install them. One quote was £5,000 inc VAT ... Nothing particularly special about what I need - just painted 4 panelled affairs (one pair with double...
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    Fixing tops to stone gate piers

    It's just to match what's been used below them ... but I have no idea what particular type has been used, and to be honest I was hoping that not too much would show anyway. But that will be a useful site ... thanks again!
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    Fixing tops to stone gate piers

    Thanks again - you've inspired me to finish this job on my own (well +3 mates etc). Pictures to follow in a few weeks ....
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    Fixing tops to stone gate piers

    Superb ... thank you! Some great pointers there ... don't think my site is suitable either for the hoist, plus you'd probably still need 4 people to heave it off the cradle, so I'll stick to fully manual like you. But I've got some platform kit, that's a very good idea, much less fraught. I...
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    Fixing tops to stone gate piers

    So what's the technique for bonding a big stone on to the top of a pier? Isn't it as simple as laying a bed of mortar down and then resting the stone on top? Ok - I know it'll take 4 of us to heave it up there ... but am I missing something?!
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    Fixing tops to stone gate piers

    Hi Had two piers built a while back in big chunky sandstone either side of our gates (about 1.8m high, with very flat tops). Took me ages to find, but have now got two perfect limestone pier caps, which are massively heavy ... about 80kg I should think ... and which will fit neatly on top. Is...
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    Need some advice for building a 'Standing Desk'

    No need to overcomplicate. Simply buy two wooden desk trestles from Ikea, then add 4 blocks of wood to make the top stand higher. I bought a big bit of toughened glass to finish it off, and have been standing at it for over 10 years! Desk by GrinAndBearIt posted 7 Sep 2015 at 11:20 AM
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    Alcove project - advice welcome!

    All looks good. Tiny point ... make sure that right frame edge is wide enough to allow the door to open properly when things are plugged into that double socket that's alongside it!
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