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How Can I Adapt Doorways for My Husband’s Wheelchair?

To save money, see if replacing the hinges on the doors with “offset hinges” will do the trick. These Z-shaped devices create about 2 extra inches of clearance by swinging a door entirely clear of its frame. With a regular hinge, a standard 32-inch doorway is only about 30 inches wide, reduced by the thickness of the door. Offset hinges are sold at many hardware and health products stores. They cost about $30 for three (the number that’s typically needed for a door) and often screw directly into the holes left by the old hinges. Still, you may need to hire a carpenter to install them.

Sid Kirchheimer writes about consumer and health issues.

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