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Grade 13 hinges leaking oil

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We are carrying out work to bring firedoors up to standard, following a  FRA,  many of the hinges in this 10 year old apartment  block have oil leaking from the hinges, mostly on corridor doors heavily used.  Should we be changing these or are they okay   ?

 

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It's a sign of wear, particularly if there are flakes of metal in the oil, and most fire door inspectors will 'fail' the door and require renewal. If the doors are still functioning properly then the risk is less and it's more of a warning sign, but the door would need more regular ongoing checking to ensure the hinges haven't totally gone.

 

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