How to Install a Screen Door

how to install a screen door
I love those old wood screen doors that just push open and then bang shut when they close. Something about them just makes me think of summer and kids flying out the door to play. A couple of weeks ago, I came across them at Lowe’s and brought one home. They had a few different styles and were relatively inexpensive.
Measure hinge 7″ from the top of the door. Hinge #2 38″ from top of the door.Hinge 69″ from the top of the door.
Using a 3/32″ drill bit, drill 1/4″ deep pilot holes. Attach hinges using screws.Select door handle placement (we eyeballed it), and drill 1/4″ pilot holes using a 3/32″ drill bit. Attach the handle using screws.
Now, I just have to figure out how to get white paint off the screen. Any suggestions? Sometimes painters tape gives you a false sense of security.
Now we just need to change the light, add a door mat and a pot of flowers.

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2 questions
  • Anny Palanzi
    on Jul 15, 2016

    did the door come with screen already installed in it? probably a dumb question. did you have to buy the screening material separately?

    • Kristine(Teeny Ideas)
      on Jul 16, 2016

      The door came with the screen already installed.

    • Jerri Watts
      on Oct 29, 2016

      Instead of trying to get rid of the paint on the screen just dab a bit of paint over it or one time I got paint on a screen and I used a sharpie

    • Kathy
      on Nov 20, 2016

      Maybe a nylon scrubbie or Mr Clean magic eraser? I would press against the opposite side of the screen while scrubbing to prevent tearing the screen.

    • Jody Ritchie
      on Mar 13, 2017

      Have you tried nail Polish remover or rubbing alcohol? That's what I use.

  • Bea Falcone
    on Mar 31, 2020

    I have the same door. But my door on the outside doesn’t have trim to put half the hinge on. Is there another type of hinge I could buy? Please help me.

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  • Rachel's Trash~2~Treasures
    on Sep 11, 2017

    Nail polish remover will get that paint off
  • Betty
    on Sep 14, 2017

    I bought the same screen Door but instead of the spring that helps keep the door closed I bought the kind that you use on a storm door . It works so much better .
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