How to Replace a Storm Door Handle

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The storm door handle is obviously responsible for opening and closing the door. If the handle is broken, you'll need to replace it. If the storm door is not properly latching, however, then the door is most likely not doing its job of helping keep cold and weather away from the main door. This can decrease the efficiency of the heating system inside by allowing cold air gaps to enter the house. Replacing the storm door handle is quite inexpensive and most anyone can do it.

Things You'll Need

  • Storm door handle replacement set
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Drill and bit (optional)
  • Remove the two retaining screws from the interior storm door latch using a Phillips head screwdriver.

  • Separate the interior latch from the exterior latch.

  • Install the new storm door latches through the holes in the storm door. The exterior latch will have a square spindle and two screw shafts. Be sure to align the screw shafts up with the screw holes of the interior latch.

  • Insert the two retaining screws into the interior door latch screw holes and thread them into the exterior latch screw shafts. Tighten the screws with the screwdriver.

  • Test the door using the existing strike plate of the old door handle. If it works, you can keep it or if it does not work or you wish to change it, you can replace it.

  • Remove the two retaining screws from the strike plate using the screwdriver and then remove the strike plate.

  • Place the new strike plate into position and determine if the existing screw holes align properly. If not, use the drill and a drill bit to make two small pilot holes for the new strike plate screws.

  • Place the new strike plate into position and tighten the retaining screws snugly. Test the door again. If necessary, have someone push in on the storm door and position the strike plate properly to seat and seal the storm door. Once you've achieved the desired position of the door, tighten the strike plate retaining screws securely.

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