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I've seen some doors in Europe with mixed barrel hinge (Fr. "paumelle de Paris") orientation. Unusually these have the pivot pointing up, but occasionally I've seen a door with one of hinges mounted the other way around, i.e. with the pivot pointing down. Is there a reason for this?

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For outdoor use I understand this is a bad idea because a barrel hinge will gather water when mounted upside down. The ones I saw upside down were all inside doors. Also, it wasn't done because of the lack of proper parts (left vs right hinge). They simply rotated the hinge completely with the pivot installed on the door rather than the jamb. I don't get it why anyone would do this.

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These hinges, when both are mounted with the pin facing up, are designed to allow the door to be easily removed.

When one hinge is flipped the opposite direction it prevents the removal of the door. Pretty simple actually.

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    Actually it doesn't. You can still lift the door even with a mixture of pin/pivot orientations. – Fizz Oct 25 '18 at 20:39

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