When it comes to fireplace door installation, Design Specialties includes fireplace glass door hardware for your convenience. Due to the array of factory built fireplace manufacturers on the market today, many models must be attached with the use of wedge fit brackets to ensure a secure fit. This fireplace door mounting kit includes the appropriate number of brackets and screws. Fireplace Doors Online believes that this task can be accomplished by virtually any homeowner; however, fireplace door installation can be carried out by a contractor.
Wedge fit mounting brackets are used when there is an absence of a metal frame inside the fireplace opening to attach standard brackets (standard brackets are not included with this kit). Wedge fit brackets are designed to fit in the space between the refractory material and the metal box and are to be used in combination with the standard mounting method.
Fireplace doors come fully assembled and adjusted prior to leaving the manufacturer. However, shifting of the glass doors during shipment may occur. In this case, a quick adjustment to ensure the glass door hang properly may be necessary.
After installing your new Design Specialties zero clearance fireplace doors, check to see how they open and close. Look for gaps at the center, as well as between the glass doors and the frame.
If the gaps in the center are the same, but the tops are not in alignment (See Example #1 below - click on picture to enlarge), you may need to move the bottom frame over to make the tops of the doors level with each other. Loosen the hex or wing nut behind both of the bottom brackets; then shift the bottom of the door over until the glass is adjusted correctly. Retighten the hex or wing nuts.
If the gap between the glass at the center appears different from top to bottom (See Example #2 above - click on picture to enlarge), a hinge adjustment will be needed. Keep in mind that the gap between the two center glass panes should be approximately 1/8 of an inch. You will need to determine which hinge is out of alignment. Using a Phillips screwdriver, loosen the screw that secures the hinge to the frame (see Figure #4 - click on picture to enlarge). Slide the hinge over slightly and retighten. Check the door and repeat this procedure as necessary.
It is up to the installer (be it homeowner or contractor) to determine the best method of ensuring the fireplace door is mounted securely to the opening. At times, the use of an alternative mounting system (in place of or in combination with standard brackets) may be necessary to achieve the best results.
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