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Old 06-12-2012, 10:56 PM   #1
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Door swing: right or left


Hello; I read a book where it says that if you look at the door and it swings
away from you and the hinges are on your right; then it is a right-swing door. Another video said that you look at the door and you see the hinges
protruding from the wall, then that side is the swing of the door. I bet you have more experience as to how to tell if a door is right-swing or left-swing.
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Place your back to the hinge, which ever way the door swings is the hand door it is, if it swings right it is a right if left it is a left.

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^Tis tru and yet not that simple. Depends if it swings away from you or out towards you. Almost all Residential Doors swing in (away from you). And the above method works. Commercial doors and in rare cases Res. doors that swing toward you are the opposet. If you're looking at the door and you don't see the hinges (swings away from you) and the hinges are on the right. It's a right hand door (RH). If you can see the hinges (swings toward you) and the hinges are on the right it is a Right hand Reverse (RHR). The difference being called out for hardware. Say a linen closet that swings out. If you buy the opposet hardware the lockset screws would be on the outside.

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See Post #2. This is the method that has been used since doors were invented. It makes it real simple too.
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look at the hinge to have the swing side point to you...the side the knob goes on will tell you if right or left
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Post number 2 is the best way and easiest way and not confusing. We call it..."butt to butt"!
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Most people use Jim's method but Tham is correct.
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There are RH and LH doors....period. A RHR door is a left hand door that a lawyer was asked to describe.....
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^Ever install hardware? Panic bar? Anything?

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^Ever install hardware? Panic bar? Anything?

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Yep...every bit of it. Lke I said, it's left or right, not reverse right means left and reverse left means right. And panic bars are installed on doors that swing out. Is this rocket science now? Now there are paddle alarm locks which can be used on in-swinging doors, but not panic bars. Panic bars have one use, shove it and run. It's all left and right.
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No not Rocket science. Just hardware.

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Place your back to the hinge, which ever way the door swings is the hand door it is, if it swings right it is a right if left it is a left.
Right jiju. One old carpenter told me the best way to remember was, "butt, (yours), to butt, (the doors), and which ever hand opens the door." That has been the carpenters standard for the last 300 years or so in this country.

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