Saturday, April 4, 2015

How to Install Custom White Aluminum Door - Part 1 of 3 - The Manual

Required Tools
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools: 
Door manual 
Razor Knife (to open cardboard box) 
Tape measure
Tools required 

Mr. Gonzales was a truck driver for a local dairy company for over thirty years. He had lived in a five bedroom home with a huge back yard. Now that he was retired he wanted a smaller home with some amenities. His family found The Chino Valley Senior Condo Complex near his children homes. The apartment was a one bedroom apartment with no backyard and very little outside personal space. His apartment had a cheap aluminum screen door which they removed. He wanted a custom high quality screen door installed on his front door. 

This post shows the eight steps of how to read the manual and learning the parts on your new screen door. 

 Step 1: Fig.1 through fig.3 below shows what the your manual might look like to identify the parts of the screen door. Your parts may be called something different. 
Step 2: Read your manual and identify the parts with the pictures in your manual, so when the directions says to hold part A to part B you know its the correct part. Otherwise hire a handyman to install your custom door.
Step 3: Fig.4 shows below middle a cut-out cardboard of some of the custom door information that this custom screen components. Below for example the screen is "Heavy duty 1 7/8" x 1" frame with rust-resistant fasteners".
Fig.4 Door Information
Step 4: Fig.5 shows above right the front door of the unit that needs a new bug screen.
Fig.5 Apartment Complex
Step 5: Fig.6 shows the front door of the unit that needs a new bug screen.
Fig.6 Apartment  
redesigned condo 
front door
Step 6: Fig.7 and fig.8 shows the existing door jamb were the custom door screen will be installed. There is plenty of wood jamb to install this screen door. Check that the aluminum weatherstrip so it does not interfere with the door installation, if it does remove it and re-install against the door edge.  
Fig.7 Left side 
door jamb
Step 7: Fig.8 middle of door jamb shows prior marks (hole) of an earlier aluminum screen installation. 
Fig.8 Right side door jamb
Step 8: Fig.9 shows the new screen that will be placed on the door. The screen came in a large box and each piece was packaged separately in many cardboard boxes. For example the door closer and door hardware were in one box. The door hinge leg and door handle were in another box. The screen was meshed in the middle of the box. On the outside of the box, the directions were printed and had pictograph pictures of how to install this custom screen. For example look at the top right of this page and see what tools are required to install this screen door.
Fig.9 New screen 
How To Install a Custom White Aluminum Door?

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