A screen door isn't very functional with out the screen door hardware. Without any hinges, screens, knobs, pulls, handles, springs, or even a cat door, you just have a piece of wood over a doorway.
Screen door hardware can come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and materials to add different accents, and usability, to the screen door. Installing the screen door hardware is easily done with a few hand tools and a little patience.
Step One - Installing the Hinges
Hinges are the part of the screen door that allow you to open it. Installing hinges requires a drill, screwdriver, and chisel.
- Align the hinges on the door at the right spacing.
- Drill pilot holes on the side of the door.
- Screw in the self tapping screws.
- After they are on the door, then you can hang the door onto the door frame by following pretty much the same process.•Align hinges on frame.
- Trace around hinge outline.
- Chisel out enough wood for the hinge to sit flush.
- Drill pilot holes
- Screw in with wood screws.
Step Two - Installing Door Handle
Most screen doors will already have a door handle on it, but some are still sold as just a shell.
- Set the handle over the opening on the screen door.
- Screw into door.
- Apply side latch plate.
- Line up with door frame.
- Chisel out enough for latch so sit flush on frame.
- Screw latch plate into door frame.
Step Three - Install Compression Spring
The compression spring is the mechanism that brings the door back to the latch and closes it. It is installed very easily by lining up the end on the door frame and simply screwing in the assembly at the frame point and the place it latches on the door.
Step Four - Installing Cat Door
While not usually thought of as an essential piece of hardware for a screen door, a small cat door, is a wise addition. Installing it is a simple process needing only a template, jig saw, and sander.
- Trace the template onto the screen door where you would like it located. Keep it about 3/4" off the bottom of the door, and usually centered.
- Drill a starter hole into the door at one of the corners.
- Using the jig saw, with a metal cutting blade, cut out along the outline of the door. Keep continuous pressure on the saw, but do not force it into the metal. This can break the blade and possibly cause injury to you.
- Use a sander and touch the corners of the metal that have been cut. This will keep the metal splinters down and sand off any burrs from cutting.
- Attach the cat door with the included hardware.
Your screen door is a very important part to the outside of your home. It can insulate your home against winds, and keep it cooled off in the summer by allowing the summer breeze in without any of the pesky bugs.