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Old 04-24-2019, 11:04 AM   #1
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Door knob bumping into dryer won't close


I have an enclosure in my car port where my washer & dryer are as well as provide some extra storage of lawn equipment.


Last weekend I decided to raise the washer dryer by putting them on pedestals with some additional storage drawers.


Well, I was an idiot and didn't consider the new height of the washer and dryer is in the way of the door knob on the inside.





I have already pushed the dryer as far back as I feel comfortable without crushing the vent duct that comes out of it's back and I am still about 2" off.


I could move the washer and dryer around to leave a gap the width of the door knob between them but that will make it difficult to get out ladders and other stuff I have stored to the sides.


This is a keyed entry lock (so I can lock up the enclosure) from the outside. Can I remove the door knob on the inside, and instead have some metal plate for the screws only? Is there such a piece of hardware? Some sort of a "dummy back plate"? I don't ever need to open from the inside, and there is no space to fit a person inside.
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What if you just mounted a one-way (keyed only on one side) dead bolt. The projection on the other side is only about an inch or so, and you could likely cut off the lever on the inside if necessary.
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With a dead bolt like this, you can leave the dec plate and knob off the inside and cut the shaft a little shorter so it doesn't stick out.
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My wife made me convert our rear vent dryer to a side vent so she could pick up a few inches.
PITA to install the kit, but it will gain you a few inches if your dryer is set up for an alternate vent route
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I don't ever need to open from the inside, and there is no space to fit a person inside.
Looks to me like someone has to step inside, swing the door towards closed, to use the dryer.

If that door ever latches while someone is doing that, they will need the doorknob or some other way to unlatch it.

Id consider moving the existing doorknob, latch, and the striker plate on the jamb, up a few inches so the knob will clear the top of the dryer. The existing hole can be patched, or blanked off.
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Looks to me like someone has to step inside, swing the door towards closed, to use the dryer.

If that door ever latches while someone is doing that, they will need the doorknob or some other way to unlatch it.

Id consider moving the existing doorknob, latch, and the striker plate on the jamb, up a few inches so the knob will clear the top of the dryer. The existing hole can be patched, or blanked off.
It's a double door with the fixed door open, they would have to climb on a washer to close the door.
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can you convert the door from an inswing to an outswing ??

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Looks to me like someone has to step inside, swing the door towards closed, to use the dryer.

If that door ever latches while someone is doing that, they will need the doorknob or some other way to unlatch it.

I’d consider moving the existing doorknob, latch, and the striker plate on the jamb, up a few inches so the knob will clear the top of the dryer. The existing hole can be patched, or blanked off.
It's a double door with the fixed door open, they would have to climb on a washer to close the door.
Yes it is a double door 36" on each side. The entire enclosure is 96" wide. The left side has a latch on the top and a gate bolt at the bottom to "fix" the left door if necessary although it's rarely engaged except when I go on a vacation. The right door is the one with an interfering knob.

There is no way anyone would be trapped inside. Unless in the future the washer and dryer are moved out and the space repurposed then possibly.
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can you convert the door from an inswing to an outswing ??
It is a pair of outswing doors.
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have you looked into space saver vent?

https://www.menards.com/main/heating...385362&ipos=60
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What if you just mounted a one-way (keyed only on one side) dead bolt. The projection on the other side is only about an inch or so, and you could likely cut off the lever on the inside if necessary.
A dead bolt might work but there are some down side.

I think it would require a dummy lever or a handle to act as a pull.

Also currently the doors are not locked 99% of the time. A deadbolt would turn it around to having to lock and unlock it 99.9% of the time.
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I would go with your first idea. Remove the door knob on the inside. See if it works OK. If the existing passage set does not work, shop around and find one that will function with only a one sided handle.
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https://www.lowpricedoorknobs.com/co...circular-plate


https://www.directdoorhardware.com/c..._functions.htm
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I feel like I am about to ask a dumb question... but what is your primary concern with the knob and the dryer? Denting the drier? Needing the door to open that extra 2 inches?
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I feel like I am about to ask a dumb question... but what is your primary concern with the knob and the dryer? Denting the drier? Needing the door to open that extra 2 inches?
It won't close. Closed will be right tight to the dryer.
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