Repairing Fixing garage/utility room door for fire code

19 Nov 2020
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Hi All,

I just read this thread, and realise I could have a similar issue with our door connecting the house to a utility room (formerly garage).
Fitting door between kitchen and garage

The door is fire rated and has the brush intumescent strips intact around the top and sides. The previous owner had the door bottom cut for a pet flap. They've also unscrewed the chain auto door closer, which I'm partial to leave as it is, unless it's illegal to do so in a single family dwelling. On the pet flap, I've hidden the hole with two white plexiglass door kicker plates creating a cavity between them. What can I put into the cavity so that it meets fire code? I'm hoping not to have to put in a new door.
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You are not allowed to cut holes in a fire door, so it no longer meets regulations.

Your plastic covers will melt and burn away very quickly. I suppose it would work better if you filled the hole with a tight-fitting block, and perhaps covered it, both sides, with an oversized steel plate screwed into place, while you order a new one.

Luckily new fire doors are not always very expensive.

Is yours flat or panelled?

Painted or veneered?
Nice to know. Kind of like the idea of keeping a kitty flap incase the neighbours cat has an extra in their kindle.
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