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Change the swing direction of a door

Filed Under: fix-it, doors and windows

white doorDoes one of the doors in your house swing opposite from how you think it should? Maybe every time you open it inward you're struggling to close it again inside that tiny bathroom, or maybe you open it outward, and almost push yourself down the stairs.

Whichever way your door opens, sometimes they just don't seem to make sense. I would tend to assume that the decision is made, and we're stuck with the way the door was installed, but apparently this isn't the case at all.

You can change the swing direction of a door. Reader's at GardenWeb offer their tips. Here's what you'll need:
  • Screwdriver
  • Vice
  • Wood-glue
  • Measuring tape
  • Wood chisel
You'll have to switch the hinge and latch sides, then touch up any holes or damage left behind. You might also have to adjust the height or cut the door slightly if it needs to now clear carpet. This is a simple job, but it will require two people, just for the sake of balancing and measuring.

You don't have to live with it swinging the wrong way just because a previous owner made the wrong choice; it can be changed quickly and easily.


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