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How do you determine if a door is left-handed or right-handed?
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Here’s two different ways to figure out the “handedness” of a door. Whichever one is easier for you to remember is the one to use, but double-check yourself to be sure you get it right when you are ordering a pre-hung door.
First method: Stand in front the door on the side that opens toward you. If the knob is on the left, it’s a left-handed door. On the right means it’s a right-handed door. Most people find this system easier for evaluating an existing door.
Second method: Stand in the door opening with your back up against the door jamb on the side where the hinges are—or where you plan for them to be. Extend your arms directly out in front of you horizontally, then sweep your left or right hand in the direction of the door swing. The arm that you use indicates the hand of the door. This way may be easier if there is no door in the opening.
For an exterior door, you will also have to specify whether it is in-swinging or out-swinging, which will determine the configuration of the door sill.
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