Changing to an outswinging door is an option... you just need to find one that matches. Outswinging doors are usually special order. I would not recommend that you try to make your current door work somehow. Start shopping.
XSleeper, Thank you so much for not only giving me your thoughts but also bothering to look at the installation guide. I actually understand what you wrote as after spending quite a bit of time puzzling things out, but thinking something with no experience and confirming things with a pro makes all the difference in the world. Your understanding is what I meant by a chipout. As it was explained to me, they are sometimes nailed to the framing but I fail to see where Andersen's instructions say anything about nailing. As for whether or not the installer botched the job, I suppose there is no way to know if the installation was correct without looking into the belly of the beast. The Big Box store and its partners were doing a pretty good job of arguing that there was nothing wrong until a light went on somewhere in the back of my brain. It came to me that even if the install was perfect, it was botched by the mere fact that the installer failed to pull a permit. Not only is failure of a licensee to pull a permit illegal in California, the fact that none was pulled diminishes the fair market value of my home far more than the cost of another new door and its installation by a good installer. The city won't permit the door unless it is removed and reinstalled after a permit is pulled. Your suggestion that the new installer has new flanges is an excellent one. I was going to tell them to have another door in stock in case the old new door is FUBAR. The manufacturer and vendor may balk at that, but shouldn't have a problem with swapping out the flanges. Talking about flanges, only after posting my question did I realize that my door doesn't have a drip cap. (Figure 12 on pl 9 of installation guide.) You should be able to see where it drops down the front of the head jamb. Not there and if it isn't there then the head jamb is lacking an installation flange. I am now curious if the side jambs were used or not, as you wonder. That or if the door was ordered a bit too large or small, even though the Big Box store took the measurements before ordering the door.
Wow, CA is that bad now? Removing and replacing a door (the same type door no less) requires a permit? I can understand ADDING a door where none was before, but simple replacement? Just WOW.
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