Don't let a broken or ugly storm-door handle ruin the look of your home's entrance. Replace your old storm-door handle in five easy steps, which include drilling new holes if needed.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:July / August 1999
Remove the old
storm-door handle by
unscrewing the two
screws that hold the
two halves together.
Mark the door for the
new hole locations using
the template provided
with the new door handle.
Position the template so
the new holes do not land
over the existing holes.
door at the locations
these holes to
5/16 in. by
door from both
sides with a
5/16-in. drill bit.
according to the
Screw the two
with the machine
Start the screws
by hand to make
sure the threads
are aligned before
with a screwdriver
Close the door and hold the strike
plate in position while you mark the
screw slots. Remove the plate and
drill 1/16-in. pilot holes in the center
of each slot mark. Use the plastic
shims provided to shim the plate if
necessary. Then screw it to the door
frame. Adjust the strike plate until
the door latches firmly,
then tighten the
handles are easy to replace if you
buy the same kind, but upgrading
to a top-quality brass handle as
we've done takes a little extra work.
At first glance, it appeared that this
handle would fit in the old holes. A
closer look at the instructions
revealed that the handle had to be
shifted slightly away from the edge
of the door. Rather than attempt to
enlarge the holes and risk a sloppy
fit, we moved the handle down
slightly and drilled new holes. The
manufacturer had anticipated this
problem and provided a cover
plate to conceal the old holes on
the inside of the door.
You'll need a drill with 1/8-in.
and 5/16-in. bits and a Phillips
screwdriver to complete this job.
We purchased the replacement
handle at a large home center for
about $24. There are a few different
styles available. You can even buy a
matching deadbolt if you like the
idea of locking your storm door.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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