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pctuttle 04-19-2013 03:22 PM

low clearance door options
 
I'm finishing my basement and I've got a 5 1/8" steel beam running down the middle at 6' high. I need to get a door under there, but that doesn't leave a lot of room.

What other ideas are out there for putting a door under that steal beam. I've had one person suggest a pocket door.

GBrackins 04-19-2013 03:51 PM

Welcome to the Forum!

just curious, why must the door be installed directly under the beam? it couldn't be installed on either side?

pctuttle 04-19-2013 04:44 PM

low clearance door
 
it's part of the basement layout. it's a natural transition point from bedroom to bathroom, because the beam is going to be low anyway.

GBrackins 04-19-2013 05:16 PM

what is the height from floor to ceiling? you need to find another place for your door.

Az Framer 04-19-2013 10:03 PM

low clearance door options
 
pc ,

Sounds like you are opening a big can of worms .

Standard door height is 6' 8" . You might check with your local blg. dept. to see if they are ok with a 6' 0" door height .

Another thing to consider is attaching your wall to the steel beam . Sure you can drill holes and put in self tapping screws . Problem is , your drilling and screwing might weaken the beam .

That said , it shouldn't be too hard to do . Put your jamb on each side , cut the door down , then glue your door stop to the steel beam .

Az .

InspectorZo 04-20-2013 01:45 AM

A few things to consider,
1. The steel beam is resting on columns or exterior walls in 2 minimum locations. The rest of the beam is designed to flex. As your home settles, as water tables shift, and excessive wind and earth loads are applied to the structure, this beam need room to move up and down. If you place a door jamb tight up against it, soon enough the door will get stuck in the closed position or won't be able to close due to a change in the overall height dimmension.
2. There is no provision for a 6' door height in habitable areas according to the code. This door will not meet code requirments. Might not matter to you but will become an issue if and when you're ready to sell your home.
3. Can you simply create an opening under the beam without a door? Something to consider if you want to maintain the layout you had in mind.

Good luck! :thumbsup:

InspectorZo


Quote:

Originally Posted by pctuttle (Post 1162841)
I'm finishing my basement and I've got a 5 1/8" steel beam running down the middle at 6' high. I need to get a door under there, but that doesn't leave a lot of room.

What other ideas are out there for putting a door under that steal beam. I've had one person suggest a pocket door.


jessrj 04-20-2013 07:58 AM

Get a solid door and cut it down. Cut the jambs down and go for it. Probably against code but sounds like your sorta stuck.

Az Framer 04-20-2013 10:17 AM

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PC ,

Another option is to build your wall on either side of the steel beam . Then swing your door away from the beam .

You will have some deflection issues to contend with . You probably should consult with an engineer .

Good luck ,

Az.

mae-ling 04-20-2013 12:00 PM

You can also cut down hollow doors. Just do a google search.
If the door is right beside the beam, except for possibly looks reasons, your still going to have to duck under the beam depending on your height.

InspectorZo 04-20-2013 09:33 PM

If you frame for a pocket door, you can keep it open most of the time as a pass-through. Close when you need to. No swinging clearance needed.
AZ Framer idea of consulting with a structural engineer is a very good one.
Good Luck! :thumbsup:

InspectorZo


Quote:

Originally Posted by Az Framer (Post 1163329)
PC ,

Another option is to build your wall on either side of the steel beam . Then swing your door away from the beam .

You will have some deflection issues to contend with . You probably should consult with an engineer .

Good luck ,

Az.



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