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  1. #1
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    Default porch door swing

    We just removed the small poorly built deck off the side of
    our screened porch. (we use this as our daily entry into house).
    We are replacing with another SMALL deck - stairs have to be
    in the middle. I suggested changing door swing for porch so it
    swings into porch rather than having to step to side and open
    out. "stoop" portion of deck to be approc 48" deep by 48" wide.
    any suggestion?

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    Default Re: porch door swing

    As long as there is room on the porch for the screen to swing inward instead of out, there should be no problem. This is, of course, assuming that you're only dealing with a screen door and not an entry door too, in which case you're a bit limited as to what you can do, meaning the screen will hinge outward and the entry door inward.

    Do you have a picture you can post of the situation?

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    Default Re: porch door swing

    No pictures but its the only logical solution to ME. Just trying to convince the other half. There is room going into porch. It
    swings out now and it just doesnt make sense in that situation
    with such a small stoop. The screened porch is 12x16.

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    Default Re: porch door swing

    [QUOTE=sarah;2950]No pictures but its the only logical solution to ME. Just trying to convince the other half. There is room going into porch. It
    swings out now and it just doesnt make sense in that situation
    with such a small stoop. The screened porch is 12x16.

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    Default Re: porch door swing

    From your description it sounds like you should be able to have an inward swinging screen without problem. Now, be aware that this may affect the screen that you buy depending on whether you want the screen to swing to the left or the right. The typical, universal aluminum types won't matter. By design they are made to swing in either direction, however decorative or wood screens may require ordering one way or the other.

    One other note, typical universal screen door handsets can't be reversed, so instead of having a handle on the outside, you'll have the toggle side out. This is based on the way the hardware operates. If this is the type of door you'll be using, you'll want to disable the locking mechanism on the toggle. If you're using a decorative screen (or security screen ), then the hardware will be mortised into the edge of the door and the handle will operate just as your front entry door would.

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