Removing a swinging door (temporarily)

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:20 pm
Hi all -
We have rambunctious 14-month old who enjoys tormenting (playfully, not maliciously) our mellow dog who has a bed within the kitchen area. We'd like to keep our child away from our pet for now (not to mention away from a hot stove when making dinner) and want to install a high gate that we recently bought. However, we can't install it due to a swinging door between the dining room and kitchen.

I'd like to know how to remove this door until our little one can play "nicely" with our dog rather than throwing objects at the poor mutt. I can see lots of screws and plates on the top and bottom but want to understand what I'm doing before I just start removing screws unnecessarily.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 5:24 pm
There should be two attachment/ pivot points. The pivot plate at the top which is attached to the door frame and the pivot hinge (with the springs) at the bottom. The attachment point at the top is only attached to the frame and not the door. The hinge at the bottom should be attached to the door and to the floor. You want to free up the door by removing the screws that hold it to the floor. Remove the cover plates on the bottom spring hinge and then there may or not be some cover plates that cover the screws that attache the bottom hinge plate to the floor. Remove the screws that attach the bottom hinge to the floor and you should be able to swing the door one way or another in the doorway to disengage the top pivot point.

To reinstall, simply line up the top pivot point, swing the door back in and reattach to the floor.

Diane
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 8:28 am
Hi Diane, and thanks for your quick reply.
After I posted the question, I did some more poking around on the Internet and decided to just start removing screws and did as you said.

Unfortunately, and as you can see in this photograph, the kitchen floor is about an inch higher than the dining room level (a mistake on our part the first week we moved in in 2000 when we removed the linoleum and installed new wood flooring) and thus, can't remove the hinge or floor plate in order to remove the door.

If you ask me, these doors look like they were made to stay put!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 10:06 am
In your picture can you remove the screws and swing into the dining room?

Here is the setup with mine (sorry for the blurry pic). I just took out the 4 screws holding it to the floor and swung it out into the dining room. The cover is missing that hides the spring

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Diane

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