How to Install Storm Door Screen Clips

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  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 20-120
What You'll Need
New screen panel clips
Tape measure
Rivet gun

A storm screen door can come with panels of glass and screen which are interchangeable, allowing you to get the best out of your door whether the weather is warm or cold. In order to change the panels, the storm screen door comes with a number of clips which you can use to hold the panels onto the door securely. If part of the panel clip of a door is damaged or broken, you can have trouble replacing the panel. Installing a new storm screen door clip is the best way to solve the problem, and continue using the screen panels without a problem. This installation is not difficult, and you should be able to complete it in a matter of minutes with only some basic home improvement tools.

Measuring Up

Before you begin to install your clip, you will need to measure up the area to ensure that you can fit the clip into the screen at the correct level. Hold your panel up in front of the screen, and mark where you want the new clip to go. You should then measure along that level until you reach the side of the door. Mark here indicating where the rivet for your clip should go. Make sure this mark matches up with the other screen clip holes. Mark another hole lower down on the same side. This will hold the lower clip. With this done, you are ready to start installing the clip.

Make a Suitable Hole

Begin by using your drill to create a suitable hole in the side of the door. You need to make this hole as large as the rivet you will be using. Push it all the way through the inside of the door. It is a good idea to keep steady, slow-speed momentum, as this will give you greater control. Once you are ready, you can then go onto the next mark, and drill a similar hole for this rivet. You should be able to make a parallel hole, as marked out previously.

Add the Rivet

Once the holes have been made, you are ready to start the rivet. Thread the pull-stem into the rivet, and then push both rivets into the hole as far as you can. Take the rivet gun, and depress the handle slowly, until you have fixed the rivet to the inside of the door. Don't tear off the stem of the rivet as with an ordinary installation.

Finishing Up

Twist the very end of the rivet off of the gun, and then place your clip over it. You need to use your screwdriver to install the panel clip, using a knurled screw to hold the clip against the rivet. When you have done this, repeat for the other hole, and you can then install your panel onto the clips.