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Changing swing of door from left to right opening.

Old 02-28-05, 04:16 PM
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Changing swing of door from left to right opening.

We are remodeling a room and would like to change the entering door from opening inward and swing to the left to opening inward and swinging to the right. I would appreciate an educated opinion if I should replace the existing door frame with a door which swings as we want it - that is, opening inward and swinging to the right - or keep the current door frame and rework the door and frame so swings in the desired direction. My better judgement tell me to buy a new door which opens as we want it, but I hate to go to that expense and trouble if it's practical to rework the exising door. Thank you for your time and your suggestion.
Old 02-28-05, 04:42 PM
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When you take the hinges and strike plate off your existing door frame, you'll have large mortises exposed. If the door is painted, you could probably fill these holes, sand it, and paint over it, but that's a lot of work.

You would also have to turn the hinges around on your door, which would likely mean you would need to alter the mortise on the door slightly. You would also need to router (or chisel) new hinge mortises and strike plate on your door frame, on the opposite side.

I can't tell you which is easier, but you might be better off getting a new prehung door. Sometimes you go to all the work of remortising hinges, and you screw something up, and wish you would have just gotten the new door in the first place.

I guess it depends on your skill level. Personally, I hate messing with people's old doors.
Old 02-28-05, 05:29 PM
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And the bevel on the strike edge will be wrong (if it is beveled) if you try to re-use the same door.
Old 03-01-05, 04:35 AM
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XSLEEPER and TXDIYGUY, thank you for your insight on my door changing project. I think I will opt for replacing the existing with a new pre-hung door.
Thanks again for your time and assistance.

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