Change Oak Screen Door Opening Direction?

Old 06-29-04, 07:16 PM
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Question Change Oak Screen Door Opening Direction?

I was given a gorgeous oak screen door that is the perfect size but opens on the opposite side as my entry door. I removed the hinges and doorknob and am left with 3 minor hinge notches (1mm deep) on the side edge, and a 5/8" hole where the doorknob used to be. Is it going to be a huge hassle to have new holes drilled on the other side for the knob as well as somehow filling the original hole/hinge notches or should this be a fairly simple project?

Old 06-29-04, 09:42 PM
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Filling the old door knob hole would be the biggest hassle of the project. Rather than going through that, I would suggest simply cutting the existing hinge mortises all the way through the edge of the door, then spinning the door so that the know is on the proper side. (What was the inside will now be the outside.)
Old 06-30-04, 05:32 AM
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I had thought of that.....

I had thought of turing the door around but the door has beveled cuts on the front and a screen on 'the inside' section. I don't know the name of the door stlye but it has 15 (5 rows of 3 across) open rectangles, very simple and classic. Options I had considered were just filling it, trying to plug it with a small circle of oak, or covering it up with some decorative oak trim down that side (stained to match). Because this door cost essentially nothing save the gas I used to pick it up, and it would have cost me quite a bit retail, I am willing to try to make it fit my situation.


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