Hi everyone! Kevin’s here as a follow up to my last post on buying a screen door. It is now installed in the Little House and it was a pretty painless process. I had my awesome dad in town to help me, so that made life SO much easier (thanks Mom and Dad!)
I’m going to keep this pretty high level because every door is different. Most importantly, read ALL the instructions before you start. I put a couple of screws in the wrong place because I didn’t read everything first. A couple other things to remember:
1. You can’t do this alone. Don’t try.
2. You need plenty of space. Like a yard to lay the door down in.
3. Assemble all tools before starting.
4. Don’t try to hang the door when a storm is coming in (we may have made this mistake).
Here are the basic steps. It’s quite easy if you have the tools and the people to help.
Step 1. Determine if the door is right hung or left hung (see the last handyman Wednesday for this)
Step 2. Measure and cut the trim pieces for the door using a hacksaw.
Step 4. Hang door and hinges on trim pieces (there should be a diagram for this in your instructions).
Step 5. Drill holes for hardware.
Step 6. Install faceplates.
Step 7. Install hardware. This was way easier than I thought. Basically it came in two pieces and you just have to tighten one screw to make the whole thing stay together.
Step 8. Install the slower-downer-bar-thing-that-makes-the-cool-noise (yes, that’s the official terminology…trust me).
That’s it. Test out your new door! I would say for your first door allow about 3 hours. The directions will inevitably be confusing and you’ll have to refer to Mr. Google for some advice (or in my lucky case Mr. Dad).
Here’s a picture of the finished product (we need to paint the trim now!!!):
Let us know what you think! We love this door because our cat and dogs can look outside without jumping on anything, and if we ever have smoke in the kitchen (cough, never happens, cough), we can lower the screen on this bad boy and air the house out.
If a bee is allergic to pollen would it get the hives? Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune? Why does a dog get mad at you when you blow in his face, but stick his head out the window when you take him for a car ride?