Installation Tips for Screen Door Handles

Posted by Valerie Savage •  July 11, 2017

Earlier, Dutch doors were very popular as they provided their owners with an opportunity to see what is going on outside or in another room with no need to open the door completely, but very soon these doors were replaced by screen doors. The latter are also known as storm doors.

Screen doors offer many benefits. Apart from being quite attractive and stylish, these doors also let natural sunlight and breeze enter the home on warm spring days. Besides, these doors prove extremely efficient in protecting the main door from being damaged by windy or stormy weather conditions.

One of the main concerns of many people who use storm doors in their homes is the handle. The latch may not completely catch, as a result, the door can frequently fly open without your control, or the latch may get stuck, so the door can be hardly open. If you're experiencing any of these problems with your screen door handle, it's recommended to have it replaced.

Replacement of screen door handles is fulfilled by special service men, but as it's not a difficult task you can do it on your own as well. In this way, you're going to save a few backs. Further you're given several tips on installing screen door handles correctly. If your follow them carefully you'll undoubtedly succeed even if you hold a screwdriver in your hand not too often.

1 First of all, the old handle should be removed by unscrewing two or three screws in its front part. After you have got rid of these screws, you'll more obvious have both parts (the inside and outside parts) of the handle fallen off of the door. Try to catch them for them not to fall onto the floor. Then the strike plate can be removed from the door jam.

2 Find a hole template in provided by the manufacturer door-handle kit and with its help mark the location for the future handle's holes. It's not recommended to use the old holes that were used for the previous screen door handle as they won't hold the screws in a proper way.

3 Next, 1/8-inch pilot holes have to be carefully drilled completely through the door on the marks you have made earlier.

4 5/16-inch holes have to be drilled on top of the pilot holes to increase their size. It's advised to drill half from one side of the door and half from another side.

5 Locate the two parts of the new screen door handle on the right sides. Ensure that the holes are correctly lined up.

6 Next, have the new screws screwed in to unite the two parts together. At first it has to be done with your hand to check up whether the threads properly catch. Then they can be tightened with a screwdriver.

7 After you shut the door, set the strike plate in the right location in such a way for the latch to catch the plate.

8 Then the strike plate holes need to be marked on the door jamb, and the plate should be removed from the jamb. 1/16-inch pilot holes need to be drilled at the previously made marks.

9 Now, the plate can be screwed in place, but be careful not to tighten the screws too much.

10 Finally, the plate can be adjusted to ensure that it latches, and then the screws can be well tightened.

Pay attention to further warnings in order to make the screen door handles installation project more successful. You can make it easier if you find a helper who will help you to hold the two sides of the door handle and to screw them together. Ensure that you the screws which hold the two halves of the handle are not too tightly tightened. If they are they can make the screws strip the threads and get loose.

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