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Screen Door Seems Slightly Bigger than Opening


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Old 10-12-10, 02:40 PM
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Screen Door Seems Slightly Bigger than Opening

House built 1999. Vinyl siding. Have a 32" screen door we want to put up at the back door, but the door seems to be about 1/2" bigger than the opening. Eyeballing the door frame, the vinyl siding around the door frame outside is a little narrower than the inside is.

What is behind the vinyl? How extensive is it going to be to make the opening 1/2" wider? What all do we have to take off? I wish I could just hit all the nails inside the vinyl frame until it is 1/2" wider. Can I?

And why in the heck would the builder have done this????????
 
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Old 10-12-10, 03:10 PM
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Makes no sense....familiar with houses there and unless its a modular home..it should fit.

Are you measuring between the brickmold on the door? Most screendoor boxes have some info right on the box. If not, measuring info should be available at the makers website.
 
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Old 10-12-10, 03:35 PM
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Foreverkeeps, are you installing a self-storing storm door (aluminum) or a wooden screen door, with hinges? Because most 32" storm doors need about 31 3/4"-31 7/8" to fit.
 
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WE just held the screen door in the opening and it doesn't fit. What is under the vinyl? (see picture) The screen will of course go in inside of that frame.

 
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Old 10-12-10, 03:42 PM
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Ahhh...the wood has been wrapped with trim coil. That could add 1/4" per side if not done well.
 
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Old 10-12-10, 03:43 PM
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I see that I wasted my breath on that last post, so I'll edit it out.

Foreverkeeps, take an exact measurement between the brickmould trim on each side. You should come up with 31 3/4 - 31 7/8 or so. That side of the brickmould looks normal to me. not sure why you're having trouble.

If this is a wooden screen door, they often need to be trimmed to fit.
 
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Old 10-12-10, 03:55 PM
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Ahhhh Wood screen? Never even thought of that.....
 
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It's a modern vinyl screen door, like you get at Lowes or Home Depot.
 
 

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