Saturday, September 15, 2012
Today's project is to change the front door around…as you stand inside, reversing it from a right-side opener to one where the handle, latch, and security lock are on the left. This means turning the door around—possible because the outside and inside are identical—and switching the outside hardware to the inside and vice versa; the hinges on the door only need to be moved from old inside to new inside, which is the same edge—though the flap of the hinges which fasten to the jamb must be relocated to the opposite side of the frame, and new holes cut on the opposite jamb for the latch, deadbolt lock, and their strike plates. So holes must be filled in the former and cut out in the latter.
You're doubtless confused. I understand. I'm almost confused doing the writing, and I know precisely what I'm describing. It one of those things that's easier to show than tell.
Why would smart people elect to subject themselves to such a mess? Well, our main entryway door—what we call the "front" door, though it's really located on the side corner, near the river end of the cottage—was hung wrong when we bought the place. The door opens into the great room. There's about a 4x6 ft. sunken entry, a 6 in. down-step from the main floor level.
As you face the door, the end wall of the cottage is at your right shoulder. Logically, and logistically from a good design standpoint, this door ought to swing open against the end wall. Instead, it swings to your left, smack in the way, so you have to back up to give the door room to swing…at which point you bump your heels on the step-up to the main floor. So you have to unlatch the door, and swing it open while stepping back and up at the same time.
Some folks can operate a screwdriver…they just don't have the I.Q. of a screwdriver.
As a carpenter's son, I find the door clumsy, dangerous, and gratingly inelegant. Hence today's long-needed project. I'll post a pic whenever I get the thing done—reversed, new hardware installed, painted on the outside and stained and varnished inside.