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Installing screen doors. Easy DIY or hire professional?
Posted by: Buck
Date: May 16, 2018 09:45AM
I intend to get 2 high quality screen doors, which will allow us to leave the front and back doors open during hot days. (Not nights)
We want it to be sturdy, look good, bring in fresh air, and leave the bugs out.

It looks simple enough, but I don't want to mess up the doors. My handyman skills are "fair" at best.



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Re: Installing screen doors. Easy DIY or hire professional?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 16, 2018 09:57AM
I installed them on both my doors. If you are not comfortable shimming and leveling and whatnot, hiring it done might be worthwhile. It will also depend on how solid the door frames are, because they go into it. I had to actually build a door frame 'extender' on my front door so it would fit.

Measure twice, photograph, sketch. Then take your design to the home store and consult with the folks in the aprons or smocks. (Yeah, the older ones usually know what's what.)
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Re: Installing screen doors. Easy DIY or hire professional?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 16, 2018 10:00AM
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Re: Installing screen doors. Easy DIY or hire professional?
Posted by: Acer
Date: May 16, 2018 10:30AM
If the door is square with the standard exterior wood casing then it's pretty straight forward. Just screw the frame on top of the casing and install the closer. Make sure the casing is sound; if it's standard stuff then replacing the rotten parts takes minimal carpentry skills with off-the-shelf material at the HD/Lowes/Whatever.
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Re: Installing screen doors. Easy DIY or hire professional?
Posted by: Ammo
Date: May 16, 2018 11:05AM
I watched a pro install a screen door once, and it was more complicated than I thought.. As they say, the devil is in the details. If I had 2 doors to install, I’d price out what it costs a pro to do it.

OTOH, if you like doing that sort of stuff, it would give you a feeling of accomplishment to do it yourself. After installing 2 doors, you’d probably be able to do a 3rd in no time flat.



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Re: Installing screen doors. Easy DIY or hire professional?
Posted by: billb
Date: May 16, 2018 11:21AM
I've had a "Pro" subcontractor from Lowes install a door backwards so I'll do it myself thanks. You'd think anyone that considers themselves a door hanger would know the rudimentary difference between a left hand and right hand door.

Level, square and plumb /in plane can be rough on an older house. If you have all three of those in the bag a door install is fairly easy. Any one or more of those "out" and tricks of the trade come in handy. Sometimes a solution is obvious, sometimes not.



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Re: Installing screen doors. Easy DIY or hire professional?
Posted by: MikeF
Date: May 16, 2018 11:27AM
Before you go about buying the screen doors, make sure there is room in the door frame between where you want to put the screen door and the existing door hardware. Some door hardware protrudes more than the allowable space.
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Re: Installing screen doors. Easy DIY or hire professional?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 16, 2018 11:40AM
....if you DIY......you might end up like......the painting......'The Scream'........



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Re: Installing screen doors. Easy DIY or hire professional?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: May 16, 2018 12:53PM
It's one of the easier home repair/improvement jobs, IMO. As long as the new screen door will fit the opening properly, it shouldn't cause too much grief when installing.



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Re: Installing screen doors. Easy DIY or hire professional?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: May 16, 2018 03:40PM
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Acer
If the door is square with the standard exterior wood casing then it's pretty straight forward.

agree smiley

If the current door frame is level and square, and the screen door kit is adequate quality and properly sized, it should be easy. 15 minutes per door if you have a helper that is known to follow your directions.



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Re: Installing screen doors. Easy DIY or hire professional?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 16, 2018 03:54PM
.....in the era of 'fluidity'......nothing is just.....'straight'.....any more [ Kinsey scale ]........



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Re: Installing screen doors. Easy DIY or hire professional?
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 16, 2018 05:18PM
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Hey, that’s mean.
Actually, I had a guy ask me specifically for help the other day because he said I “wasn’t a teenager”. Lol





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Re: Installing screen doors. Easy DIY or hire professional?
Posted by: Ammo
Date: May 16, 2018 05:37PM
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billb
I've had a "Pro" subcontractor from Lowes install a door backwards so I'll do it myself thanks. You'd think anyone that considers themselves a door hanger would know the rudimentary difference between a left hand and right hand door.

Stand on your head and the problem will go away.

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billb
Level, square and plumb /in plane can be rough on an older house. If you have all three of those in the bag a door install is fairly easy. Any one or more of those "out" and tricks of the trade come in handy. Sometimes a solution is obvious, sometimes not.

This.



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Re: Installing screen doors. Easy DIY or hire professional?
Posted by: blooz
Date: May 16, 2018 09:52PM
The house i bought years ago had the front door where the storm door ought to go. I moved the front door back and installed a storm door where the front door had been with little problem, but with a lot of work and planning nevertheless. I was happy with the results.
My skills with that sort of thing are minimal. you should do just fine.



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Re: Installing screen doors. Easy DIY or hire professional?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 16, 2018 09:54PM
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Hey, that’s mean.
Actually, I had a guy ask me specifically for help the other day because he said I “wasn’t a teenager”. Lol

I know, I was just teasing. Your knowledge here on home stuff is pretty extensive, AND you know your limits. That's key.
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