During the Summer time it gets quite hot and during the rainy season we have mosquitoes and bugs that try to get into our homes. With a little effort the do-it-yourselfer can install a metal frame screen door on his home to bring in fresh air and keep out insects. At your local home center such as City Mill, there are many styles and colors to choose from.
Installing a Metal Frame Screen Door
Begin by measuring the door width, from jamb to jamb, and the height of the door opening from the top of the doorjamb to the sill below. Determine if you want the door to swing out to the left or right. It is recommended that the screen door hinges be mounted on the same side as the house door hinges.
Once the swing has been determined you should take the side hinge expander channel off your new frame and place it in the opening on the side you wish the door to swing. This hinge expander channel is mounted to the doorjamb using 1” woodscrews. The hinge expander channel should be installed 1/8” below the top of the door opening. To eliminate binding, set one screw in the top hinge, then install three screws in the bottom hinge. Next, place the remaining two screws in the top hinge. After the hinge expander has been properly fastened to the doorjamb, the doorframe is slipped onto it. The door should be adjusted with a 3/16” clearance along the locking side. With a drill and a 7/64” bit, two holes should be drilled through side expander into the screen doorframe on the outside face. Sheet metal screws are installed. This inside face of the hinge expander is drilled and three screws are then installed.
The next step is to install the slip bottom expander and leave a clearance of 1/16” at the bottom sill. Again, two 7/64” holes are drilled and sheet metal screws are installed. The excess length of the expander is cut off with a hacksaw.
Install the push-bottom latch with the template that comes with the door. With the door in the closed position, place the template on the inside of the door at the desired height. Using a _” drill bit, bore three holes through the face of the door frame.
The final step is the installation of the door closer between the top of the doorjamb and the top of the doorframe. Tension can be easily adjusted at the back of the closer.