How to Install a Storm Door Part 1 How to Install a Storm Door Part 1

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Drill bits
Saw horses

If you move into a home in an area that has a climate of extreme temperatures, one of the first things you should do is to install a storm door. Not only do these doors add class to a home, but they add an important degree of weather proofing. Follow the simple steps below to either replace a storm door or install one at a new home.

Step 1 – Prepare for your Installation

First, measure the height and width of the doorway in which you plan to install your storm door. If you are replacing an old storm door, detach it from the door frame and set it aside. Then, with the dimensions from your doorway, visit the hardware store or home improvement store where you will find a wide assortment of storm doors. Choose from this assortment one that will fit your needs. Use the dimensions of your door frame as a guide to the new door's size.

Step 2 – Prepare a Workplace

You'll need a place to perform a small amount of work on your new door, so arrange two sawhorses near the door frame where you'll be installing your new door. Standard sawhorses will be approximately three feet high, a height you'll find much more convenient to work with than working with your door placed on the ground or floor. The sawhorses will need to be positioned so that you'll be able to lay the new door flat across them.

Step 3 – Prepare your New Door

If you door came in a package or box, place the package on the sawhorses and remove the door and any hardware that came with it. Set aside the hardware where it will be accessible when you're ready to attach it to the door or door frame.

Step 4 – Install the Door's Hardware

With the door resting flat on the saw horses, use the template that came with the door to drill screws holes into the door for the door handle.

Step 5 – Attach the Door

Hold the door into the frame opening so you can line up its hinge screw holes in the door frame. You'll need to keep the door raised off the bottom of the door frame while you attach the hinges by driving screws through them and into the door frame. You can have a helper hold the door while you drive the screws or place a chock or shim under the door.

When the door is in the right position, insert a screw through each hinge and into the frame far enough to hold the door in place. Then, when you're sure the hinges are positioned right, insert the remainder of the screws. Position the door frame's long rail so you have a uniform space between frame and door from top to bottom. Then, attach it permanently.

Step 6 – Attach the Hardware

Attach door hardware: door handle, chain and door closer.

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