Storm Door Repairs
Storm doors are often made with flimsy parts, including the latch, hinge, and closer. Fortunately these parts are easy to replace. However, you may find it worthwhile to replace the entire storm door with a more substantial and weather-resistant one if it has several problems.
Most parts can be found at a home center. If you do not find the part you need, try searching Internet sources.
An hour or so for most repairs
Screwdriver, drill, pliers
Basic mechanical skills
Check the door for binding and other obstructions that could be causing problems.
Replacement parts to match, spray lubricant
Spray the latch and any moving parts -- including where panes slide -- with lubricant to keep them in smooth working order.Install replacement closer Adjust closer tension
Adjust a closer to the correct tension by turning the adjustment screw at the end of the cylinder.Tighten piano-type hinge
Try driving longer screws if the long piano-type hinge comes loose. You may need to drill pilot holes and drive them at an angle so they catch solid wood.Install wind chain
A wind chain keeps the door from blowing wide open, which can damage the hinge. It installs easily with a few screws.
- Selecting Windows & Doors for Your Home
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- Home Window Replacement: How to Replace Old or Broken Windows in Your House
- New Window Construction: How to Install New Windows Where None Existed
- Installing Doors: How to Install a New Door in Your Home