I have a duplex which is settling. I have a front door that drags on the
interior floor. It is currently cut about 1.5 inches up and a threshold is
installed to meet the under side of the door.
I am putting in new oak hardwood floors. To have the door not scrape it
will make the front threshold like entering a battleship. You'd have to
step over/on a raised threshold that is about 4" high. This would make
moving in furniture difficult too and when damaged, as I'm sure will
eventually happen, then the air gap will be significant.
Any ideas. I even thought of hanging the door to open out. I thought I'd
need a special type of hinge, but maybe that would be the best idea. Any
thoughts? Are there such hinges? I think most doors aren't hung this way
for safety. So people can't remove the hinges and gain access to the home.
Argh! If it isn't one problem it's three or four!!!
He's putting in new flooring. He'd either have to put in a new door to
reverse the swing, or do some serious reworking. Ain't worth it for
that reason alone. Add in the confusion that almost everyone visiting
will have operating a door that swings the opposite way of what they
were expecting and what they are used to, the "non-welcoming" aspect of
having to step back away from the house to open the door, weatherstrip
and threshold issues, and it's a non-starter.
Reversing the door would cost a lot of time and money, as compared to
$30 and a half hour's work (including stopping for the requisite beer
about halfway through the project).
Every commercial door in virtually every jurisdiction in the United States
MUST, by law, swing outward. This is an obvious fire-safety rule. But not
everybody harkens to the obvious.
I remember visiting the Jerusalem police station and couldn't work the door
(it swung inward). I thought to myself "they must not want any business..."
Another reason for swinging outward is that it is easier to secure the door
from forced entry - the goblins have to PULL the door open (but there's
nothing to grip but the knob). They sure as hell can't kick it down when the
door's braced on all four sides. For example, the cops can bang on the door
with that 50-pound battering-ram thingy against an outward-opening door and
accomplish nothing but getting tired. You'll have ample time to flush your
Some doors HAVE to be reversed, like when you have two doors per opening:
Screen doors and burglar bars for example.
How do mass exits during a fire in a commercial building apply to a
The only thing holding a door in place, besides the hinges and
lock/latch, are the stops. If the door is rabbeted into the jambs,
then it would be much tougher to kick it in, whether it is an in or out
swing door. If the jambs have applied stops, you can kick it in
whether it is an in or out swing. If you're referring to hollow metal
jambs, maybe grouted in place, well that's commercial construction
again and much tougher to kick in. The out swing hollow metal door
itself can be pried open like a sardine can. I witnessed that first
hand upon returning from a vacation overseas to find my shop had been
broken into in exactly that way.
I've reversed doors many times, and have one that's ten feet from me
that keeps asking when I'll be getting to it (later, of course). For
the OP's situation the rising butt hinges will save him time, money and
won't require any reworking of weatherstripping, refinishing or
Uh, "good practice" and guaranteeing the ability to open the door when a
panicked crowd is trying to escape. Like when the cops are kicking in the
FRONT door (and having a difficult time because the door opens outwards) and
all the dopers are trying to leave by the BACK door.
There's no requirement that residental buildings have fire extinguishers or
second-floor ladders either. They're just reasonable ideas.
You have clever burglars in your area, that's all. If a door won't kick in,
my local kick-burglars go elsewhere.
Time, money, reworking, weatherstripping, refinishing, and patching are of
no concern to the OP. Maybe not burglars either.
I'm just opining that the door COULD open outward along with some good
Gee, shouldn't the OP be the one thanking me? I'm not sure I can
legally accept a "Thank you" by proxy! ;)
Rising butt hinges have been around for a long time - I guess since
shortly after they discovered that houses settle and doors don't like
that. They're a quick fix for the usual
too-thick-wipe-your-feet-please mat at the entrance doors.
Is the problem that the floor rises inside the house to
where the door hits it, or that wall the door is in tilts
inward so that the door isn't swinging level? If it's
the latter, shouldn't you either move the top hinge
out, or (more likely) the bottom hinge in until the
door swings level again?
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