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Old 01-23-2010, 06:21 PM   #1
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French doors help...

I have french doors that were installed by our builder in our front room/office. With a baby on the way I wanted to make some changes to the doors. The problem is they clasp at the top of the door frame and have door knobs that are unoperable. There is about a 3/8in gap in the center of the 2 doors and about an 1 1/2in gap at the bottom of the doors to the floor. I am wanting to to make it where the doors can open and close with door knobs and also fill the gaps for privacy purposes. Is this too much to take on? Or do I need to buy new doors. Thanks for the help.
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With double doors, generally one is the primary operable one and the other is latched to the frame and can be released if necessary. This would be used if you wanted to be able to lock the door system. You would replace the lock on the operating side so it would latch to the stationary door.
If it didn't need to be locked you could install ball catch devices at the tops of both doors. The decorative knobs would be left in place as they would just be used to latch the doors.
For the middle gap you would install an astragal. The bottom could be added to, to reduce the gap. If the doors are stained, it will be tricky to make it look seamless.

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You may need to remove, trim, and reinstall for the doors to latch properly. This would solve all your problems and although it is going to take a little work it is simple to do.
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:17 PM   #4
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Use hinge shims to help close the gap between them reduced, then add the astragal.
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