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How to Install a Storm Door

Time:An hour or less

Complexity:Beginner

Cost:$251-500

Set the Placeholder Screw

Hold the hinge tight to the trim and drive a screw in the top hole. Leave a 1/8-in. gap between the screw head and the trim. Remove the hinge rail.



a man holding a gun: Set the Placeholder Screw


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Set the Placeholder Screw

Assemble the Door

Put the door on a pair of sawhorses. Screw the hinge rail to the door, cover the unused mortise hole, slide on the adjustable door sweep and slip on the extender rail cap.



a man sitting at a park: Assemble the door


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Assemble the door

Hang the Storm Door

Hang the hinge rail onto the placeholder screw and tighten it to hold the door in place.



a person standing in front of a door: Installing a storm door


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Installing a storm door

Fasten the Hinge Rail

Drive screws along the inside of the hinge rail. Slide the rail cap down to the door’s sill, then fasten the outside of the hinge rail to the trim.



a hand holding a toy gun: Fasten the Hinge Rail


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Fasten the Hinge Rail

Install Drip Cap and Latch Rail

Line up the drip cap to the edge of the hinge rail, hold it tight to the trim and fasten it with screws. Install the latch rail tight to the drip cap and lined up with the edge of the drip cap, then fasten it with screws.



a close up of a tool: Install Drip Cap and Latch Rail


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Install Drip Cap and Latch Rail

Drill Holes for the Latch

Snap the drilling guide on the door and drill the holes with the provided spade bit from both sides.



a man holding a phone: Drill Holes for the Latch


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Drill Holes for the Latch

Insert the Lock Body

Slide the lock body into the mortise and fasten it with a screw. If the latch isn’t facing the right direction you’ll have to unscrew the front of the lock body and spin the latch.



a man standing in front of a window: Insert the Lock Body


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Insert the Lock Body

Mount the Hardware

Place the face plates at each side of the opening. Push the handle rod through the face plate and lock body and secure the other handle with a set screw.



a man holding a phone: Mount the Hardware


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Mount the Hardware

Make room for the latch and deadbolt

The latch and deadbolt should be able to extend all the way into the latch opening. If not, you’ll have to drill and chisel out a space or mortise in the trim.



diagram: Make room for the Latch and Deadbolt


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Make room for the Latch and Deadbolt

Install the Closers

Screw the side jamb bracket to the hinge side jamb, then insert the closer with the short connecting pin. Pull the closer rod out slightly, then attach the door bracket to the door. Connect the closer to the bracket with the long pin.



diagram: Install the Closers


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Install the Closers

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