Reversing opening direction on patio door


Old 07-16-05, 07:15 AM
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Reversing opening direction on patio door

We have a metal patio door that has the stationary "panel" on the left side (as you face the door from the inside) and the door on the right. The door opens to the inside, the handle and locking mechanism being on the far right hand side. We hope you can visualize this.

Obviously then the hinges are in the center of the door, with the hinge pins on the inside of the house -- Duh!

Oh, something else, on the right, about 4" or 5" from the door is a wall and large closet, so when we come into the door, there's not much space, especially if we are carrying anything at the time.

Here's the question -- Is it possible to reverse the direction of just the door itself? This would imply removing the door, moving the "frame half" of the hinges to the far right hand door frame and reversing the "door half" of the hinges so that they would still be pinned on the inside. The door would then open in the center (locking mechanisms would also have to be moved to the center), and still to the inside.

This probably sounds crazy, but -- it would be so - o - o much less expensive than buying a complete new door. And having it open in the center would give us so much more space for removing shoes, or setting things down temporarily, etc.

If it can't be done, it can't be done, and we have to make other choices, but -- why not ask? Thanks to anyone who can help us or offer some other alternatives -- other than buying a new door.

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Old 07-16-05, 07:11 PM
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I'll go out on a limb and say "No, it's not possible."
Old 07-26-05, 06:19 PM
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no, thats why they manufacture doors in both right and left hand models. it's either one or the other, and unfortunately no one that i've been made aware of offers a product that allows for change. sorry.

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