We've got a left-hinge door, and my husband wants to install the storm
right-hinge. Here's a picture of our setup:
(It shows the old door and storm both of which were installed left-
It seems really inconvenient to me, and I'm trying to talk him out of
(although I expect to lose, as I have lost every damned point on our
Does anybody have anything that I could use to persuade him?
If the hinges are on the same side, it's easier to hold the storm door
open with your back as you unlock the front door.
If the hinges are on the opposite side, you'll be reaching into the
more constricted part of the opening to unlock the front door. If you
have anything at all in your hands besides the key, this will be
If your husband can't see this, he's just being difficult. Retaliate
in any of the numerous ways open to you.
Thanks, I'll try that one. But we mostly use the front door to
accept delivery of a pizza. Otherwise, we use the back door,
which is closer to the detached garage.
The problem is, he's the youngest of five boys, and I'm an only child.
He's much more inventive and experienced than I am.
I'm sure I'll think of something. Perhaps I'll start "forgetting"
sugar in his coffee.
Okay, check the doors on every house on your block. Consider the majority
vote as some indicator of best practice.
If the door cost more than a couple hundred bucks, it will weather storms,
gunshots, meteor strikes, Halloween tricksters, home invaders, termites, a
blow-torch, SWAT team battering rams, and almost anything else nature, God,
ferocious animals, or humans can throw at it.
If you're still concerned, you can wrap it in aluminum foil.
re: "So you bought a nice expensive designer door ...and now you're
going to hide it behind a storm door."
I bought a nice expensive designer door but also bought a expensive
designer *full view* storm door.
We enjoy having the interior door open and with new hi-efficiency
retractable screen full view storm door, we can have the interior door
open more often than we could in the past.
The full view storm makes a huge difference, both from inside the
house and outside, and doesn't hide the interior door.
If it's election day, then I vote *for* the storm. [never had a
bassackwards setup, so I can't help the OP with hubby-- except to
remind *her* to remind *him* that when 'momma ain't happy-- then
*nobody* is happy' <g>]
Biggest storm door advantages are ventilation in summer and reduced
heat loss in winter.
Protecting the other door is a minor advantage in my opinion.
Are fiberglass doors *intended* to be in the weather or are they able
to *withstand* the weather?
That's 2 very different things.
My car seats are made of a material that dries very quickly. DAMHIKT
They are not *intended* to be left exposed to thunderstorms, but they
can *withstand* the exposure fairly well.
As far as the use of storms doors, I've had them on every hinged door
in every house I've ever lived. Even growing up I remember the entry
doors being open for light, air and that general feeling of "openess".
As I mentioned earlier, I love my new full view, retractable screen
storm door for those very reasons.
There's nothing like the cross ventilation you get with multiple doors
open - without the danger of contracting the West Nile virus in your
own living room.
How many people here think that the only reason for a storm door is to
protect the entry door?
Losing one of my wife's dogs through the open door would ruin any
chance of me ever having an "experience" with her again.
But I know what you mean...the sliding screen on the deck is usually
left open. However, there is a gate to keep the dogs on the deck.
I don't know where you live, but my area is very wooded. Not using
screens at night during the summer would mean bugs of varying shapes
and sizes, some being pretty friggin' scary, would be attracted to the
light inside the house. We'd be overrun.
Don't 'cha just love the smell of a large fried moth on a 300 Watts
That's a possibility...if you keep your door closed all of the time.
Some people might prefer it, or require it for safety reasons. But in
most instances a storm door provides somethings a single door can't.
A storm/screen door is great for ventilation and light, and provides a
more open feel to the house. Particularly important during parties
and other gatherings where people are coming and going.
I've had an inkling, for some time, that the average intelligence of this
group exceeds by more than a small amount that often found in other
Imagine reference to a play by Aristophanes as a solution to a home repair
I continue to be impressed.
Aside: A conservative author has a new (fiction) book out and promotes it
with the following poem:
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