Originally Posted by dedratermi
I have an exterior door that is rotten and needs to be replaced. It's the door from the unfinished garage to the side yard, so there's no interior trim to worry about. Both the slab and the frame have rot so I want to replace it with a new prehung unit. Unlike most other exterior doors, this one swings out and the hinges are on the outside. Is this a special door, or is it just a standard exterior door that is installed backwards? Thanks for your advice.
First you may have a door that is not of any standard size. In the old days The Framers just made an opening and the Trim Carpenters just cut a door blank to fit the opening. Today we have industry standards with interior and exterior doors. It will be very possible that the new door and it's jambs will have to be modified if you have a non standard size. No big deal really for a decent respectable Trim Carpenter.
All doors will be 80" high
All doors will increase in width by 2" incriminates
Interior doors will be 1 3/8 thick
Exterior doors will be 1 3/4 thick
I wont go into hollow core HC or solid core SC
One top edge of all doors will have a stamp that says BEVEL. That is the lockset side, NEVER EVER put hinges on this side. For HC doors this is also important because there is a solid wood area where the lockset goes. The bevel side helps the door to close without rubbing.
For an exterior garage to yard door I recommend a steel entry door if it is a standard size.
Your swing works like this. Stand on the side (inside the house or outside the house) that you want the door to swing into. Now whatever side you want the hinge to be on that is what swing the door is. So if you want the door to swing into the garage, stand in the garage and if you want the knob on your left, your hinges will be on the right. That will be called a right hand swing door.