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Old 09-21-2013, 05:42 PM   #1
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I have a really small laundry room with an exterior door in it that opens in like most exterior doors do. This door is a big nuisance, especially when I replaced my washer and dryer since I had to take it down to get the new ones inside. Anyway, we now have a deck that extends past that door and it would be much more convenient to replace it with an out swinging door. How big of a project is this and should I not even try it and just hire someone?

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That will require some intermediate DIY skills. What kind of siding is on the house? What is the age of the home? You will have to replace the door, frame, and trims. The outswing door will be a special order item and will set you back several hundred dollars if not more. Posting some pics would be helpful too.

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Hire someone!
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I'm aware that they are special order and are expensive since I bought a double outswing door for my shed a couple years ago. I'll just hire someone. Lol. I have to many projects to do anyway.
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The difficulty is determined by the outside trim and siding---

Most doors have wood brick molding on the outside---If that is the case---the job is not to bad---You may need to make up some special trim if the brick molding is wider than the existing---

Post a picture from the outside----This is intermediate level work,as sixeightten mentioned---seldom will a job like this turn into a complicated nightmare---
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My local Home Depot stocks outswing doors.
There were all flat jambs, (no brick molding) but that's a good thing because I only us PVC brick molding anyway.
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Here's the door. It has a large threshold at the bottom. Taller than any other door on the house.

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Measure the height of the door ---from the bottom lip of the threshold to the top of the jamb---that will be about an inch above the face of the jamb---the brick molding is nailed to the face of the jamb---and will be about 1 1/4" wider than the jamb-

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