Advice on how to install a screen door

Old 09-21-21, 11:16 AM
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Advice on how to install a screen door

I am a very handy person which means I can think of a few ways to accomplish this. However, there is often only one 'right way' to do it. So, I need some help. I have a solid wood stain quality screen door I would like to install. It is assembled, but I have to put all of the latches and hinges on. I have all of that ready to go. Anyway, the issue is where I want to install it. The screen door is 1 3/16" thick. However, the place I need to install it is ony 3/4".

So...what is the right way to make this work and do it right? I had considered removing the 1x6 trim and replacing it with 2x6 rough cut cedar, which would obviously allow me the room, but perhaps there is a better way. Can I use some other 2x6 product or is there a trim piece I can use instead? Cedar is awfully expensive.

Screen door thickness

Not thick enough to allow for 1 3/16" thick door

Overview of what the jamb looks like

Due to the handle, the screen door can't get any 'closer' in since the handles will interfere.

Where I want to install screen door. This would be the hinge side of the screen door. As you can see, the 'press board' or whatever the hell this is has expanded from moisture at the bottom. This should have been cut short and not touched the concrete. Either way, because of this, I was considering replacing the entire 1x6 trim with 2x6 cedar, cutting it short off the concrete and allowing for the thickness of the door, killing two birds with one stone.
Old 09-21-21, 12:39 PM
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Yeah you could get cedar 2x6 but id suggest it be ripped to 1 1/4" on a table saw. If you don't want to go that route, buy 5/4 PVC trim (it's 1" thick... Azek is one brand) and add two 1/4" fillers (like a 1/4 x 3/4 screen moulding) onto the back side so that it's 1 1/4" thick. The back side won't be seen.

And PVC wont rot in contact with cement.

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