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Old 10-01-2012, 09:55 AM   #1
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In-swing vs out-swing door. Can they be reversed?


I need a door to put under my outdoor front stairs. I want it to open out to maximize space and the knob to be on the right. Home Depot only carries in-swing doors of this type. I believe they are specific because they come with a trim on the casing which only allows it to be installed one way. My question is, can I remove the trim and spin the door 180 degrees to make it go from an in-swing to an out-swing? They want $200 extra to special order. In my head this will work, but thought I would ask here first, then go check out the doors again since I just thought of it after wasting my trip.

This is the door in question. They don't show it, but it has a 2 inch wood trim around it.

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I've done this before, so yes, it can be done. Feel free to ask questions here if you need to.

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Thanks. Is it as straight forward as it sounds? Any drawbacks?
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The only thing I see would be the "stop strips". I had to pull them, set the door, then reinstall them to set the door correctly. Piece-o-cake.

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What do you mean by stop strips? The thin strip that the door hits when closed? How does that matter? Maybe I'm picturing the wrong part.
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What do you mean by stop strips? The thin strip that the door hits when closed?
Yes, they only work "one-way"

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How so? I'm spinning to whole frame. In effect making outdoors and indoors switch. The door should work the same, no?
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OIC. Yes, you should be fine..... on mine, the jamb was already in and more or less permanent.

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By reversing the whole thing the threshold will be backwards.
So much faster and easer to just order the right door and just sell the old one on Craigs list for the differance in the price of a standard door.
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I'm going to go look at the door today. I haven't purchased anything yet. We're talking $150 vs $350 and I have to wait an extra month for the special order. I'll look at the threshold, but I doubt it's a big difference.
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Just checked it out. I see what you mean, but it doesn't bother me. Thanks though.
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If it's backwards and there's no roof over it waters going to be running in under the door.
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Not a big deal for where it is. Looking at it I don't think water will really get in there.
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You can always take the threshold OFF, turn it around and reattach it.
Even if it's stapled....

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Just put a drip cap over the door and a pan under and you will be find, if that isn't enough you can install a water diverter at the bottom of the door to throw the water away from the threshold.

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