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Old 11-09-2008, 07:46 PM   #1
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reverse swing on prehung door?

I just installed a prehung entry door in my barn.
I knew before I installed it that the swing direction (hinge on the left) wasn't ideal for the space inside, but the deal on the door was too good to pass up.

So, is it possible to reverse the swing, and if so, what are my best options?

1) Mortise the hinges on other side jamb, cut out the knob and lockset, wood fill the old hinge mortises?

2) Switch the two side jambs and rotate them so that the weatherstripping is int he right place?

Any other way? This is going to be quite the challenge, I think, but it's gotta be done.



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Old 11-09-2008, 11:01 PM   #2
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Wow! For as much work as it is going to be I personally think the door wasn't cheap enough to be doing what you want to do!


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Old 11-10-2008, 12:09 AM   #3
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you just need to flip the hinges on the door so it swings the other way. then mortice the opposite jamb for the hinges. Some door edges (usually interior) are edge beveled so they shut easier without binding. Measure from edge to edge on both sides and compare to see if door is beveled. The side facing the stop will be the shorter side.To fill the old mortices get a nice flat paint stirring stick (the smaller size) and use a utility knife to shape pieces of the stick to fit in the old mortices. put a little glue and use a brad nailer to stick them in place. the paint sticks are thicker than the mortice depth but will sand down easily to the surrounding wood. fill any gaps or marks as usual. This makes for a flatter more solid repair.
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