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08-10-13, 08:14 AM   #1  
Change window opening direction

Hello everyone, new to this site.

I'm doing some home remodeling and came to a problem in one room, the window in that room opens up to the left side inside the room, but that's the side i want to put a new desk in, after a lot of measuring it's the best place for the desk but the problem is the window.
Is there any way to change the direction in witch it will open?
I've added some photos if it will help, as far as i can tell i can't a way to do it myself, and i don't want to pay a lot of money for something so small, if it's easy enough i'll do it myself.

any help would be appreciated.

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08-10-13, 09:05 AM   #2  
Welcome to the forums! We may not be as versed on Israeli construction methods, but is this an outside wall? Is the room into which the windows open an addition? The swing of the window panels can't be altered from what I see. They move via hinges on the frame to a latch in the center. Changing the entire window would be the only way to alleviate the crank style that is in your way.

 
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08-10-13, 10:06 PM   #3  
This is a ''safe'' room, every house in israel has them in case of bombing, the wall is an out side wall and not an additional room, changing the whole window would cost a lot of money since it's reinforced concrete and the window it self.

 
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08-11-13, 04:06 AM   #4  
I think I see. You have externally moving shutters on hinges, then a single window pane on the inside that opens inwardly. Is that correct? Is there more, as your photos don't show anything else. If you need that window pane to swing the opposite way, you should be able to remove the hinge screws and latch screws, flip the window and reinsert the screws into new holes on the opposite stiles, along with the latch. You may have to do some hole patching, but it may work. If you have more photos post them so we can get a better understanding of your set up.

 
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08-12-13, 02:23 PM   #5  
I think reversing it is a fairly simple matter. When reversing the hinges and latch mechanism, just be very precise when locating/drilling the holes for same. The hinges and latch will be in an "upside-down" position when reversed.

Not much different than most modern refrigerators and clothes dryers, which all (OK, most) come equipped with holes predrilled for opening in either direction.

 
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