how to install a security screen door

How to Install a Security Screen Door
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2 Pencil
3 Level
4 Hacksaw
5 Electric Drill
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1 Screwdriver
2 Screws
3 A Helper
Total Cost
$50-$100
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Estimated Time
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Skill Level: Beginner
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Project Overview

How to Install a Security Screen Door

A security screen door can be a great addition to an exterior door. It is a great option if you want some fresh air but also a little bit of security or protection from the outside elements. There are many different types of screen doors on the market that satisfy different purposes and needs. After you decide which door is best for you, you will need to hang it, and there is no reason you cannot install the door yourself.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Check Your Doorway’s Specs

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Before you install a new door, you will need to measure the opening. You want to measure the height, width, and all four sides of the frame. At this point, you also want to decide on the handing, or which side should be hinged and which should have the handle.

2

Determine Which Security Screen Door Works For You

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Once you have measured the space for your new door and have determined the handing, you can start to think about some other factors before you order. You want to be sure your door is safe and best for your situation, so be sure to ask around. Be sure to ask plenty of questions at the hardware store, and do a lot of online research. You might even consider asking safety experts what they would suggest for your particular project or location.

3

Read Instructions

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Once you have received your ordered door in the mail, you are almost ready to start installation. However, you want to be sure you have instructions, and you should take time to look over them before starting the project.

4

Make Sure You Have All Necessary Parts And Tools

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While you have the instructions in front of you, lay out all of the parts and tools. Make sure you have everything you need to install your door, and also ensure that no necessary parts have been forgotten or left out. Since you have not started, it is much easier to go purchase anything extra you might need for installation.

5

Install Handles And Locks

Now is the time to install your handles and locks. Some doors come with handles and locks already installed, but if this is not the case for your door, they don’t take long to install. Just attach the interior and exterior backing plates to the door. Then you will put both the inside handle and the snib lever into the interior backing plate that you have already placed on the door. Keep the snib lever in place as you connect the handle assembly and backing plate. Make sure your handle stays horizontal and is pointing toward your door’s hinges. Now, the handle rod will slide through then lock body and into the interior handle. Now, the second handle should be attached in the exterior backing plate. Make sure everything is straight and fit the pieces completely together before securing the assembled handle in place.

6

Install Hinges

In order for your door to open correctly, your hinges have to be placed in the correct location, so correct measurements are very important. The location where the hinges are required are usually already marked on the door. However, if the locations are not marked, most hinges are placed 7 inches from the top, 11 inches from the bottom, and the third should be placed directly in the middle of the entire door’s length.

7

Cut The Z Bar

The Z bar should be cut 3/16 inches shorter than doorway’s width.

8

Lift The Door Into The Doorway

Now, have a partner help you lift the door into place. Make sure everything will fit and ensure that it works correctly before moving on to the next step.

9

Drill Into Place

Before you fully secure the door, you want place a screw into the top hinge’s top hole. Also place a screw in the bottom hole of the bottom hinge. Make sure the screws completely penetrate the Z bar and molding. Check the door’s swing and the gap around the door. It should have a measurement of around 3mm so that the strip can fit beneath your door.

10

Install The Door’s Header Piece

This will be installed above the door and should be installed with a screwdriver to minimize damage.

11

Install The Door’s Expander Piece

This should help to catch any debris and keep it from entering the home. This goes on the bottom of the door and can be drilled into place. Check your door’s spacing and make sure it still opens and closes properly.

Conclusion

If you want fresh air or some extra light in your home, install a security screen door to freshen and brighten up your home. These doors are a great option for homeowners who like to let a lot of light in or who like to safely allow pets to look outside. Installation is simple and can be done within a day, and not only will you have a beautiful new door, but you’ll also have the pride of installing it yourself.

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How do you reinforce a door?

To reinforce your door you should remove your old locks and replace them use a grade 1 or 2 deadbolt metal lock. You should also replace the strike plates of lower quality with a high-quality, heavy-duty plate. The really great places have four screws to secure them, minimum 3" length.

How do you secure sliding glass doors?

There are several ways that you can secure sliding glass doors. The first is to make sure that you have locks at more than one point. There should be a lock at the bottom of the door and the door handled. You can install a bar also for extra protection.

How do you fix a door that won t latch?

If your door will not latch the most common cause is that it is out of alignment. If you are able to look at the door and determine that it needs to be aligned then there are techniques that you can use to make the door line back up.

What is an Addalock?

An Addalock is a locking device that is portable. You can easily install and remove the lock in only a few seconds from any inward opening door. This allows you extra privacy after you have closed the door. This is a great lock for hotels, rental units, and students.

What is a door stop alarm?

A door stop alarm allows you to take security with you on the go. This alarm is activated once pressure has been applied to the device and the door is opened. There is a trigger switch that will sound the alarm after the door has been opened, therefore preventing bypassing.

How do I cut a hole for a door knob?

When installing a doorknob you will need to drill two holes. One hole will be for the doorknob itself and the other hole will be for the latch. The actual drilling process will be determined based on the material of door that you have. It is a fairly simple process.

What does a door jammer do?

A door jammer is a simple, yet very effective way to keep your home or business secure. It helps with protecting your home or building from burglars.

How can I make my front door more secure?

There are many ways you can make your front door more secure. Having a door jammer installed and installing a steel door are two of the ways you can do this.

How do you lock a door from the inside?

You can lock a door from the inside in various ways. The inside lock may have a twist and turn lock. It may have a button lock. You may also have a deadbolt or key lock as well.

How do you install a security door?

You will measure the door’s size. Put on the handles and locks. Measure where the hinges should go and mark the spots. Square out the door jamb. Drill and attach your hinges. Mark a spot for door’s striker, drill holes and attach it.

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