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    Exterior Doors

    In Thailand the exterior doors of most homes seem to swing out rather than in. I asked Ms. B about this and she had no clue as to why.

    Is there some logical, religious, practical or superstitious reason for this?

    I'd like to have my front door swing in to avoid tampering with the hinges.

    Any reason why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buadhai
    I'd like to have my front door swing in to avoid tampering with the hinges.
    If they swing out then can't they just unscrew the hinges ? I would of thought it was just utilisation of space, can remember ever seeing an inward swinging extirier door back home either

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    I've got two sets of doors here....a wooden set that swing out, then a metal set, with mosquitto net thingies on them, that swing in.

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    Exterior doors in commercial places are supposed to always swing out because it's easier to exit in case of fire. I guess the Thais do house doors that way for the same reason due to their inherant safetywiseness (new word!!).

    My door neither swings in or out at my new house...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandomChances
    I would of thought it was just utilisation of space, can remember ever seeing an inward swinging extirier door back home either
    In the US most residential exterior doors swing in. Commercial exterior doors swing out for safety reasons (fire panic, mainly). If the doors swing out, the hinge pins are exposed to the outside and can be messed with. If the doors swing in the hinge pins are inside.

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    ^Most doors in Thailand are kept open during the day, so it makes sense for them to either opne outwards or be sliding doors

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
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    My door neither swings in or out at my new house...
    what gives bud ... it slides sideways, up&down, lift exits into yer apt., draw bridge over mote, forcefield or jez no door due to temporary quarters under some bridge?

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    It's a slidy-uppy number.


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    Good answer, NickA....

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    ah so, gotcha bud,

    that your&Gow upcountry gaff?


    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    It's a slidy-uppy number.


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    It's harder to break through an outward opening door as the door jams stop it whereas on an inward opening door it is only the lock.
    If you fit door pins then the hinges will no longer present an easy target.

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    So, are we going to be looked at as totally weird if I have the front door swing in thereby leaving more room on the front porch where we will probably be spending lots of time (happy hour, etc.)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buadhai
    are we going to be looked at as totally weird if I have the front door swing in
    No, have it the way you want it

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    ^Why, thank you very much. I will!

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    In the US most residential exterior doors swing in.
    IN California it was explained to me that the code was, all interior doors and extrior doors opened inwards so that when trying to escape during a fire or other catastophe falling debris that blocked the door could be accessed and cleard by those trying to escape. If debris were preventing the door from opening that would be impossible.
    Maybe it was so cops could kick 'em down easier.
    But. Then you could put on a "security door" (heavy iron) that swung out...
    Hang it were you want here I guess are there building codes covering this? if it were to open flat (or almost) against the exterior wall would it interfere with your happy hour pleasure all that much?
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    ^Where will the mosquitto/security doors go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie
    if it were to open flat (or almost) against the exterior wall would it interfere with your happy hour pleasure all that much?
    Yes mine open flat to the exterior wall. I would not be able to do the same if they opened inwards due to space restrictions.

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    The porch isn't real big. If we put a couple of chairs and a small table there they would interfere with the door opening. On the other hand, if the door swings in and to the left it will open into unused space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by in4zip
    that your&Gow upcountry gaff?
    Yes, it is.

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    outswinging exterior doors should be fitted with "wedge locators" these are security devices that consist of a male and female part.
    The male part gets fitted to the edge of the door that has the hinges on it. There is a wedge shaped peg on this that locates into the female part which has a recess for the wedge shaped peg. as the door is closed the wedge peg loctes in the hole in the feamle part and any removal of the pin though the hing is a waste of time. The door remains securly located in the fame.
    There are normally one at the top and one at the bottom.
    Only seen a few houses that have these!
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    I went for sliding exterior doors, the reason being that when it rains the wood swells and they are a right knut to open.

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