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Old 10-07-2012, 09:16 AM   #1
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Changing Inswing Direction of an interior Door - How?


I have a bedroom door that opens to the inside. Problem is it hits furniture. How do it change it to open into the hallway instead of the bedroom? Thanks!

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There are two ways---If you want the hinges on the same side---you will need to recut the hinges into the jamb on that side of the casing--after you remove the stop trim---Then re cut the hinges on the door--

Simpler ,if you want the hinges on the other side--would be to remove the casing (mitered trim)---cut the nails holding the jambs into the wall--and remove and reinstall the thing facing the hall---

If the door is nothing special--it would be easiest to simply buy a new prehung door and install that---

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There are two ways---If you want the hinges on the same side---you will need to recut the hinges into the jamb on that side of the casing--after you remove the stop trim---Then re cut the hinges on the door--

Simpler ,if you want the hinges on the other side--would be to remove the casing (mitered trim)---cut the nails holding the jambs into the wall--and remove and reinstall the thing facing the hall---

If the door is nothing special--it would be easiest to simply buy a new prehung door and install that---
Thank you very much. I thought maybe I would have to change the entire door casing.
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mikes right, if you simply redo the hinges you wont have to touch the casing. when it comes time to patch the old hinges i recommend doing whats called a "dutchman patch" simply chisel the old hinge gains a little deeper 1/4" works then gets some 1/4" stock and cut it to fit the mortise. glue and nail it in place then fill the perimeter with drydex or another type of sandable filler. doing it this way makes for less chance of shrinking and is less noticable when fresh paint is applied
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mikes right, if you simply redo the hinges you wont have to touch the casing. when it comes time to patch the old hinges i recommend doing whats called a "dutchman patch" simply chisel the old hinge gains a little deeper 1/4" works then gets some 1/4" stock and cut it to fit the mortise. glue and nail it in place then fill the perimeter with drydex or another type of sandable filler. doing it this way makes for less chance of shrinking and is less noticable when fresh paint is applied
WONDERFUL!!!! THANKS. I think I can handle that
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