The process of taking a screen door off?

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  • on May 19, 2021

    Look for the hinges. Find the right screw driver for the screws in it. Start at the bottom and take out the screws. Hold the door in place

    for the last hinge then carefully lift it out. You may need to fill the holes in the door frame with caulking to prevent water from getting in.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on May 19, 2021

    Hi Diane as the first commenter stated you can usually just take out the screws that are holding it on as most screen doors are added after the main door installation. However, I know you can purchase exterior doors with the screen door already added and that may make it a bit more difficult to remove as its hinges may be hidden by molding.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 19, 2021

    Removing and Reinstalling a Patio Door Screen

    Step 1: In order to remove the door screen, it must come off of the rollers. You’ll see inner screws at the bottom of either side of the screen. Using a Phillips screwdriver, turn the screw counter clockwise to raise the screen up until you see the head of the screw. Repeat on the other side.

    Step 2: Raise the screen slightly to find the wheels on either side. You’ll want to place the putty knife under the wheel and then push in and lift. Once the wheel is up, you will be able to slide the screen towards you. Do both sides and the screen is removed.

    Step 3: When you are ready to reinstall the screen, just line up the top two wheels back inside the track and push up the screen as high as it will go. Hold the screen out slightly and push the wheel up with the putty knife and slide the screen back into the track. Do the same on the other side.

    Step 4: It’s important to adjust the rollers before using the screen again. Take your Phillips screwdriver, turn the screws clockwise until you see visually see the screen lowering back into the track. Repeat on the other side.

  • Betsy Betsy on May 19, 2021

    Hi Diane: You pretty much just take out the screws. First, remove the screws that are holding the thing that closes it, then remove the thing at the top that has a little chain attached to it and then, remove the screws that hold the door on. That should do it.

    Good luck

  • This will show you how to remove a screen door:

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on May 19, 2021

    Hi! As the others have mentioned, you are basically unscrewing the hinges. Some storm doors come in a frame that attaches to the door frame and are called prehung. You are reversing the installation process, so you are basically disconnecting it from the house. It's best to have another person to hold onto the door while you unscrew it. I usually loosen the lower hinge screws, but, don't take them completely out until I loosen the upper screws. That way the door isn't loose and hard to work on until you are ready. Stay safe!

  • Annie Annie on May 21, 2021

    You may want to get someone to help. If the hing screws are accessible when the door is closed then its easy by yourself. Just need to remove screws. Last screw out should be in the top hinge..

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 21, 2021

    If you are removing permanently, after following the removal mentioned above (hinges) you will most likely want to fill in the area with wood putty. In case no one mentioned it, start with the screws in the middle, working your way down then up. You should have a second person to hold the door while the first unscrews it to prevent it from pulling and ripping out of the door frame. If it's a heavy door, like a metal frame screen door or storm door with screen that is entirely possible. Also, if it hits the floor and has any glass you will have a mess to clean up.

  • Janice Janice on May 22, 2021

    Is this a hinged or sliding screen door?