how to replace storm door handle

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Tools Needed
1 Cordless Drill
2 Drill Bits
3 4-in-1 Screwdriver
4 New Storm Door Handle
Materials Needed
1 New Hinges
2 Level
3 Safety Glasses
4 Hardware For Handle
Total Cost
$50-$150
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Estimated Time
2-3 Hours
Skill Level: Advanced
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Project Overview

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Having a storm door is a great idea. If you already have one on your home, it is important to keep an eye on the handle. This part of these doors often breaks quicker than other parts of the door. The best thing to do if you are having issues with your current handle is to put in a whole new storm door handle. This is a very simple project and doesn’t take very long either.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Taking Off The Old Door Handle

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Before you can replace the storm door handle, you will need to take off the handle you have right now. This is usually put on with two screws. You will need to start by unscrewing those so that you can remove the storm door handle that is broken or not working properly. If you have a very old handle on the door, the screws may be stuck. You can put some WD-40 on the screws to get them loosened so they can be removed.

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Buying Your New Storm Door Handle

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Now that you have removed your current storm door handle, you can start buying the new one. Not every one of these handles is going to be the exact same. If you don’t get the one that matches with your removed handle, things may not match up properly. This may mean you need to drill additional holes which could create problems. The old holes would also need covered. That is far too much work. So, make sure when buying the new handle, you bring in the old one so you can match them up correctly. If you aren’t sure what to look for, you can probably ask one of the store associates and they may be able to help you out. After you have bought your new storm door handle, you can go home and replace the old one.

3

Assembling the Outer Handle

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Now that you have your new storm door handle, you can start assembling the outer handle. This will have two major parts: the outer and inner handles. The style may vary but generally your outer handle will need to be correctly put together and then you can install it. Your main door handle, push-button, shaft, plastic hold down and spring will need put together. You will insert a push button into the handle’s back and a spring is placed onto the shaft. You will then place your shaft into the storm door handle’s button. Then, the spring goes on top of its shaft so that it is sitting on the base bottom. After you have accomplished this step, you can put the piece which is plastic onto the handle’s shaft and push it down until everything is situation properly.

4

Install the New Handle

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After you have gotten the outer part of your handle put together, you just need to install the inner and outer parts of the storm door handle. Grab the outer handle and put it in line with the door’s hole. It should be a perfect match. Hold it there while putting the inner handle in line with the proper hole on the door. You will then put the screws into the inner handle. These should line up through the outer handle so they can be screwed in together. If there are other instructions that came with your new storm door handle, finish those up as well.

5

Checking the Door Handle

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Once you have finished replacing the storm door handle, you can check it. You will want to make sure the door first opens and closes without a problem. If the handle hasn’t been attached properly, it may get stuck when trying to close or open the door. After you have done this while the door is unlocked, check to make sure the handle doesn’t open when it is locked. As long as everything has been attached properly, everything should be in working order with your new storm door handle.

Conclusion

There are different parts of the storm door. While not every door is the exact same, the parts are generally very similar. Sometimes you just need to replace the hinges on your door, sometimes you need to replace the entire lockset and other times you just need to replace the handle. If your door is older and you want an entirely new style, you can even replace the entire door. Replacing a storm door handle doesn’t take much time and it is an easy project to do. If you have any problems finding the correct handle at the store, ask the associates. Someone may be able to assist you with this. Keep in mind, if the handle on your storm door is worn out or broken, your home won’t be as secure. You need to make sure this handle isn’t loose or damaged. If it is, immediately get a new one and replace it by following the steps mentioned above.

How To Replace Storm Door Handle

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Questions And Answers

do storm doors already come assembled?
You can buy storm doors that are pre-hung. This is where the door is already on the frame and you just have to install it. You can also buy the door alone and install it into the frame you already have. Some doors will come with locksets and some won't.
How do I measure for a storm door?
You measure for a storm door by first measuring the height from the exterior-top trim’s underside to the sill. Then, you measure width from the top, center, to the bottom of your door’s opening. The smallest measurement should be used when placing an order for a new storm door.
What is a storm door stop?
A storm door stop is great if you live in an area that has high winds, actually, it's great period. The stop keeps the door from blowing all the way open in the event of a large gust of wind. This helps to keep your door from becoming damaged.
Is it necessary to have a storm door?
No, a storm door isn't a necessity. However, a storm door can benefit you greatly. It helps to provide protection to your main, more costly, entry door. Often these doors have screens to allow you the pleasure of being able to circulate fresh air. They are certainly worth the investment.
How do you measure a doorway for a storm door?
Measure from the sill to the exterior trim underside, located at the top of your door. Now you need to measure the width. Do this at the bottom, the center of the door, and at the top. Use the shortest width measurement that you come up with.
How do you install a storm door?
To install the storm door you need to place it to the jamb and install using provided hardware. You need to ensure that the door is level and correctly in place. If you have never installed a door before it might be something that you request a friend's help with.
What is a storm door closer?
A storm door closer is great to have. It will close your door for you, after you have opened it. This keeps the bugs, pests and dirt out of your home and keeps your home safer too.
Why do people have storm doors?
People have storm doors for warmer weather, to let the fresh air in, while still keeping the bugs out. They have a storm door for the harsher weather, to protect their home and the main exterior door.
what does a sweep for a storm door do?
A sweep for a storm door can do a few things for you. First, it can make your home more energy efficient. Second, it can keep insects and pests out of your home. Third, it can keep dirt out of your home too.
What are the different kinds of storm doors?
There are three main types when it comes to storm doors. You have the ventilating doors, full-view doors, as well as retractable screen doors. Each door is slightly different but they all offer the same basic benefits by allowing for circulation of air without allowing insects to enter your home.
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A storm door is added outside of an exterior door, providing a barrier against bad weather and offering ventilation into the home if it comes equipped with a screen insert. Storm doors can be added to the front exterior door or to the back exterior door, with a standard 32-inch door size for the back and a standard 36-inch door for the front entrance way. Unlike doors of yesterday, the current manufacturing creates a door that will last for a long time and protect your exterior doors. Most storm doors are pre-hung for easy, quick installation. A little time one afternoon will help you recognize that you can put it in place and sit back to relax and enjoy the breeze. The doors are sold pre-painted or pre-finished and they also come ready for you to paint or finish. Various materials such as aluminum or steel are available. With several storm door materials, colors, designs, and types available, it’s easy to find a product that matches your current decor or anticipated style. read more

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