Install the new handle and latch
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Photo 1: Remove the old handle
pull the interior
and exterior handles
remove the center
the old handle.
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Photo 2: Insert spindle
to the instructions
on the packaging,
and slide the spindle
the center hole.
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Photo 3: Screw the inside and outside together
Slide the interior latch
over the protruding spindle,
and screw together
the interior and exterior handles
with the two mounting screws.
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Photo 4: Mount the strike
Hold the new strike
plate in place with the
door closed (have a
helper push it tight from the outside).
Mark the center of the
mounting slots for maximum
adjustability. Drill 3/32-in. pilot
holes in the door jamb and screw
down the new strike plate. (Use
enclosed shims, if necessary.)
Trade in the broken, shabby
push-button handle on your
screen door for a shiny new
easy-opening lever handle.
Replacement handles will fit most aluminum,
steel and some wood doors.
The handles are available at hardware
stores and home centers.
You can swap out the handle in about
ten minutes. Typically, two mounting
screws hold the old handle together.
Remove the screws and discard the old
handle (Photo 1). You'll see three vertically
spaced mounting holes in the
screen door (wood doors may require
different hardware). Measure the distance
from the edge of the door to the
center of one of these holes. This distance
is called the backset (Photo 2).
Buy a new handle with the same backset,
or use the enclosed drilling template
to relocate the 5/16-in. mounting screw holes. Assemble the outside
lever components, insert the
center spindle and install the
new handle (Photos 2 and 3).
If the old strike plate isn't
compatible with the new handle,
remove it and install the
new one that’s included in the
handle kit (Photo 4).