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    Default Fire door from 1982 - Needs to be cut for floor clearance

    Hi all,

    I have a fire door to my apartment which I suspect has an asbestos core. It was manufactured in 1982 according to the certification plate and there is a solid white substance which can be seen where the old door handle was and is continuous to the top and bottom. The timber sheeting is only on the sides and the faces. Is looks very similar to this from the top

    The issue is that we need to trim ~20mm off the bottom of the door to put floor boards down, however if this is indeed asbestos then I would be unable to trim the door and would probably need a new door leaf. From my internet searching, most new fire doors come as an assembly, however I don't want to have to deal with replacing the frame (which also might have asbestos in it).

    Does anyone have any advice on how I should proceed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicalGas View Post
    Hi all,

    I have a fire door to my apartment which I suspect has an asbestos core. It was manufactured in 1982 according to the certification plate and there is a solid white substance which can be seen where the old door handle was and is continuous to the top and bottom. The timber sheeting is only on the sides and the faces. Is looks very similar to this from the top

    The issue is that we need to trim ~20mm off the bottom of the door to put floor boards down, however if this is indeed asbestos then I would be unable to trim the door and would probably need a new door leaf. From my internet searching, most new fire doors come as an assembly, however I don't want to have to deal with replacing the frame (which also might have asbestos in it).

    Does anyone have any advice on how I should proceed?

    Cheers
    The entry inside where the door swings needs to be kept at the original floor height, you just need to be a little creative on how you do it to your taste with the floor finish, DO NOT cut the door down.
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    Thank Inter,

    I wouldn't cut the door down, It's more if I can replace the door leaf and keep the existing frame and still be compliant for fire requirements. If the fixed parameters are that the floor is going to be built up, and the door leaf cannot be modified safely, then it means either a new door leaf, or new door assembly. A door leaf could be somewhat DIY, however a full assembly would be more difficult and would need to match the existing door frames and end up being costly.

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    The new door leaf would have to be tagged & recorded on the fire door register of the building.
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    I have to ask WHY?
    The area covered by the door swing is so small that it wouldn't be noticed by most people and if treated properly could even be a feature.
    My own understanding is that fire doors can only to altered, removed and replaced by specialists and if you have a body corporate or equivalent body you may need to get permission to do that sort of work.
    If the fire door is Asbestos and given the date it probably is you may be shocked and stunned at the quote to do anything with it, it will most likely end in three zeros.
    "A big boy did it and ran away"

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    The obvious solution would be to remove the whole assembly and reinstall higher up. Most likely will cost a bomb and not worth doing, but asking for a quote may be worth it.
    If this is an apartment block, there may be others that did a similar job and can have a suggestion.
    The cheapest way is what Inter said. The step may be an annoyance but you get used to it. 5 or 10k will stick in your memory for a while

    Having said that, if you search for apartment entry fire door, supply seems to be as low as $1000, and install ... well it usually depends of too many factors including facial features

    Personally I would hate a step in the floor, and if you are redoing the floor, may as well redo the door?
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