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Old 01-22-2008, 08:55 AM   #1
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We have a wood stove in our basement. There are a couple floor registers to allow the heat to go through to the first floor. Allowed to burn long enough, it can heat half of our 2300-sq ft house. To aid with this, we keep the basement door open into the kitchen, and we put a gate at the top of the stairs to keep our son from going down (he's 15 mos old). Lately, he's realized that he can put his foot on one of the cross bars and pull himself up. We're afraid it's only a matter of time before he goes up and over (obviously we watch him all the time, but still).

I told my wife I'd look into getting a half door, which would be higher than the gate, would have no foot holes, and woudl still allow the heat from the stove to come upstairs. A google search didn't help much.

-Can you buy these things new?

-Do you need a special door frame or hinge setup?

-Can you make your own with the existing door and a really straight cut, or is it not that easy? (I'm thinking each section of door would need two hinges)

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-Can you make your own with the existing door and a really straight cut, or is it not that easy? (I'm thinking each section of door would need two hinges)
Cut a solid door and install an additional hinge.

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-Can you make your own with the existing door and a really straight cut, or is it not that easy? (I'm thinking each section of door would need two hinges)
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Search for "Dutch Door", that's the term for the style you are referring to.
To have a standard door cut in half, mortise for the additional hinges, install additional lockset/strike assembly, and machine & install baffles & borders.......I don't feel you'd be saving much, if any. A solid core, or slab door would be easier, but still not have the classic look, or operation of a true Dutch Door.
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a link to how one person did the job, you'll have to decide if it's in your skill field:http://www.countryhome.com/projects/...tchdoor_1.html
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We have an exterior dutch door. There is only one set of hardware (the bottom half). Each half has two hinges holding it to the door frame, and the upper halp "locks" into the lower half by a knob. I'll take some pictures tonight and post them. I'm sure if you could cut a solid door in half you will be able to do this on your own without too much trouble. But then again, I've never done it so what do I know?

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