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.

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

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