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Right hand or left hand door?


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01-12-18, 08:17 AM   #1 (permalink)  
Right hand or left hand door?

Hi - question for the community:
I recently purchased an interior door from a building materials company. After giving their rep the door measurements including hinge/handset cutouts, the rep asked via email:
"Which way does door swing?"
I replied, "If I'm looking at the door and the handset is on my right, it swings in."
The question - would you interpret this as being a left hand or right hand door?
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01-12-18, 08:30 AM   #2 (permalink)  
Thats a LH door.

The way I have always remembered it: picture yourself on the side of the door where you can see the hinge pins, and close the door... place yourself between the hinges and the door knob with your back against the door. If the hinges are on your left, it's LH... if they are on your right, it's RH.

That being said, not "all" suppliers use this same reasoning... so it's always wise to double check. You will be the one to blame if it's wrong, not them.

 
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01-12-18, 08:45 AM   #4 (permalink)  
Thanks. The door arrived with the hinge cutouts on the wrong side (he ordered a LH door and I needed a RH door), and the rep is indeed saying it is my fault. He said the 'industry standard' question is "Which was does the door swing into the room." He just neglected to add "into the room" in his question posed to me.

 
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01-12-18, 09:23 AM   #5 (permalink)  
I can see why there is confusion. You just described a LH door. He ordered you a LH door. You got a LH door. But now you are saying you need a RH door.



This quote from the handyman site link is a true statement:

"However, the clerk taking the order may still get confused, especially if youíre ordering over the phone. Itís best to order your doors in person. Then you can draw a picture, as if looking from above, and sketch in the door hinge and swing direction. This avoids the terminology confusion and unpleasant confrontations if the order goes in wrong."

 
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01-12-18, 01:16 PM   #6 (permalink)  
The method shown in the link is the way we asked customers what they needed. Some of them couldn't understand the line drawings. Funniest thing was where they would stop and think, and then do a 180 (or 90) like they were standing in their house and orienting themselves to the compass.

And I agree, the description given would be taken as a LH door. I think your intended meaning was "...it swings in TOWARDS ME" (RH door) as opposed to "...it swings OUT, AWAY FROM ME" (LH door). Just saying "...it swings in" is a bit ambiguous.

That said, he's a poor sales person if he didn't doubly clarify exactly what you needed.


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01-12-18, 02:47 PM   #7 (permalink)  
I think Vic hit it on the nose.

An inswinging door is one that you push away from you as you go in through the door.

 
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01-12-18, 03:13 PM   #8 (permalink)  
I've always described it as follows.

Open the door and place your back to the hinge side of the door jamb. If it swings to the right hand side it is a RH door. If it swings to your left hand side it is a LH door. When dealing with exterior doors the added portion is if it is and In Swing or Out Swing door.

 
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01-13-18, 01:44 PM   #9 (permalink)  
Thank you!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who very knowledgeably responded to my question. You told me exactly what I was looking for. Ultimately, it's my bad for not being thorough and clear enough. If I had just said "it swings in TOWARDS ME" instead of just "it swing in," there likely would have been no problem. Yeah, he should have known this is a common confusion point for ordering doors and have taken the time to clarify it himself, but life's too short to fight that battle. Instead, I took a hinge butt and chisel, re-did the cutouts from the other side, and hung the door. Now that I know it fits, I'll paint and once I do, I may be the only one who ever notices.

Thanks again and peace all - will definitely be using this site again (on to the sump pump section....

 
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