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How to take pictures for measuring for Glass doors for a Prefabricated Fireplace
Measuring For Prefab Firplace Glass Doors
If you have a model number listed on our website you will only need to verify your opening height and width.
1. You will want to measure the inside opening metal to metal, just inside the metal edge for the width and height.
2. If you do not have a model number listed on our site, you will need to measure recess depth. The recess depth is an important measurements because you want your fireplace doors and new frame pieces to lay flush to the fireplace. The new fireplace doors will need to push back in a little ways on all four sides and some of our doors require more recess depth than others. Here is an example of our EZ Door and our EZ Door Steel recess depth.
When you are done, you will have 3 measurements: width, height and the recess depth. A typical measurement would be: 36”w x 21”h, 1.5” recess depth.
Taking Pictures of Measurements
We would like for you to mimic these pictures below (with the tape measure in view) and send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will help us to determine if we can help you with a model we do not have in our reference database.
The key is to have enough recess depth so that our frame can slide back into the opening by at least 1 inch. Before measuring, it is important to remove your old doors (if they are there) and to remove old door tracks.
Here is an example of an old door track. There are usually a couple of sheet metal screws in the track that can be removed.
Perfect Fireplace Measurement Pictures
A perfect door picture submission would have these 6 pictures below imitated. Please take a look at these pictures and try to take them to look as close as possible to our example images.
Picture 1: Get down level with the fireplace, take picture head on. (note: we want to see at least 2 inches of what is surrounding your opening)
Picture 2: With tape measure in full view from beginning to end take width measurement. Inside opening. Metal lip to metal lip.
Picture 3: With tape measure in full view from beginning to end take height measurement. Inside opening. Metal lip to metal lip.
Picture 4: Recess depth top: look up into your top track area (hypothetically where your doors would roll back and forth) tell us how wide that track is with your tape measure.
Picture 5: Recess depth bottom: If you have a bottom track, measure the track. If you don’t have a track, measure the small flat area right up front.
Picture 6: Recess depth sides: Put your tape measure lip on the outside of the fireplace, going inward with your tape measure, stop at the first obstruction.
Our Door System:
Before taking pictures, it is important to know how does our Door system work. This will make it easier to provide what we need in pictures.
Try to think of a picture frame on a wall, and within this picture frame are 2 working glass doors.
This frame and 2 doors is slid back into your fireplace opening as an inside fit
This door system is an inside fit, flush with your existing fireplace metal face, not an overlapping fit (no overlapping metal lip). It is attached with sheet metal screws on the left and right sides.
Below is a pictures of our frame and 2 doors.
Below is an illustration of how our frame is installed. First the frame is slid back into the opening. Next the doors are inserted into this frame:
Remember, our door system will slide back (recessed) into the fireplace metal opening until flush with the fireplace metal face.
Here are some examples of our doors installed. Notice how our frame and 2 doors is flush with the original fireplace metal face.