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Old 09-01-2010, 11:23 AM   #1
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Question regarding exterior home doors...



When entering I got a door that opens to the left (hinges on left side),I want the door to swing right can I just reverse the hinges so the door opens to the right?...its a fire rated wooden door not a metal commerical grade one.Thanks,,,,,,,,,,
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Old 09-01-2010, 12:53 PM   #2
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should be able to yes. But you ll need to move the handle and latch on the opposite side and that will leave you with holes on the original side.
Personally i would get another door.
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Old 09-01-2010, 02:05 PM   #3
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You'll have to buy a new door. Fire rated doors are ridiculous to try and drill new holes into. Not to mention you compromised the one side for truly being fire proof. Thus, if a fire broke out and your house caught fire, insurance would get you on the door and no more insurance money. Really not worth it, I would honestly buy a new door.
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:09 PM   #4
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.. can I just reverse the hinges so the door opens to the right?...
1000% you can just reverse the hinges. You may need to re-mortise the hinges to fit depending on the thickness of the door and definitely will have to re-mortise the strike plate on the opposite side door jam, but your latch hole and fire rating will remain in the same place and intact, respectively.

You will also have to flip the door handle and deadbolt around too, otherwise the keyed entrance will be on the inside

I just helped my brother do this on a fiberglass front entrance door.

PS: people aren't supposed to leave candles burning or neglect a dilapidated roof, but we (the insurance industry) pay for the damage anyways. If you switched a non-fire rated door in place where one was necessary after the inspector awarded the occupancy permit then you may be held responsible for the additional damage, but there would have to be proof you were intentional about the downgrade.
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Old 09-01-2010, 10:51 PM   #5
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thanks bro...I though that all is needed is the hinges must be reversed and the strike plate has to be flipped over to the other side.....
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