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Old 09-28-2010, 12:20 AM
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The door requires venting; a steel clad door with vents at the top and bottom is less than 100.00 at the big box stores. It is probably a standard size 24" opening and the door will be pretty close so it won't need much trimming if it is a standard sized opening....these steel clad doors last a long time. They need to be primed and painted on all edges as well as the door faces.
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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This is obviously an odd setup compared to today's designs.
I would want a steel door with a regular lockset (Vandalism would be my main concern- and gas isn't something to play with). Even though you say the "closet" has venting above the door I'd still want a louvered grill in the bottom portion of the door for convection venting- unless there is no threshold and a significant gap between door and floor.
For the sake of argument and the constant change in building codes- I'd contact the convening authority and ask what is the current code for this condition. You could be in for quite a surprise. Of course, you may not be required to make the change but, it could be a good piece of mind issue, and it could be an issue if you were to sell.
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Old 09-28-2010, 01:26 PM
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Its a very common thing to have an exterior water heater closet in the southwest; I've seen countless. The original door was pressboard with masonite "screening" at the top and bottom openings so you can how long that lasts.
The replacement steel clad doors are standard size( typically 24" as previously stated) and have louvered openings at the top and bottom.
Weather stripping and a threshold keep out the weather and vermin; some builders did it, others didn't; always a good idea.
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