How to Fix Your Broken Storm-Door Handles

Five easy steps to upgrade or replace any storm door handle.

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

How to replace a storm door handle

Broken storm-door 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.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Cordless drill
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Drill bit set