Hanging a front screen door

Old 05-29-04, 06:42 AM
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Hanging a front screen door

I am trying to install a Larson screen/storm door on my front door frame. There is a brick finish on the front of the house. I removed the two decorative door frame pieces surround the door frame and found they were made of a styrofoam type product, with the outside ege of it basically glued to the brick and the inside edge nailed to the door frame (it is about 6" wide). The door frame consists of a 2x4 attached to the brick and a much smaller board that is actually the exposed and painted door frame that is attached to the 2x4. My problem is that when I hang the storm door on the edge of the frame on the hinge side, there is no wood on the opposite side in which to put the required door handle / lock pieces. (The door is hanging forward of the door frame.) I believe I need to build up the door frame, but am unsure how to do so. I was going to hang the screen door onto the frame, then nail a 2x6 onto the door frame to give me something in which to install the handle/lock pieces and then nail/glue the styrofoam type frame pieces on top of this. Does this sound right, or does anyone have any other ideas on how to build up the frame to support the storm door? Thanks for any help.
Old 05-31-04, 07:08 AM
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I can't see it, but a 2X6 sounds like a lot for a jamb extention on a door. Usually a 1X2 or a 2X2 is all that is needed, and SCREW it to the edge of the door jamb. (The swinging of the screen door will eventually pull the nails out!)

Otherwise, your plan sounds good.

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