A reader is having trouble removing the original swinging door between their dining room and kitchen.
We have an old house that has a swinging door between the dining room and the kitchen. I want to take this door down but have not been able to figure out how to get it down. At some point in the past, sheet vinyl was put down in the kitchen and carpet in the dining room and I wonder if it might be covering some part of the door that would allow it to be taken down. There are no hinges, it appears that it is on “pin” at the top and some sort of metal plate/bracket at the bottom. We can not locate any screws anywhere, there just seems to be nothing to take apart. Any ideas?
Our advice to them was to remove the four screws on the bottom plate which are screwed into the floor and sometimes covered by a panel of wood flooring. This should allow the bottom of the door to swing out and you can then easily pull out the post attached to the top of the door.
But we love these swinging doors and think it would be a great addition to home instead of tearing them out.
Although they are charming we would probably pass on the Western saloon style and opt for double acting hinges to apply to our door. We also would need to cut a window in the door for safety.