Sunday, April 5, 2015

How to Install Custom White Aluminum Door - Part 2 of 3 - Door Screen Alignment

Fig.1 Aviation shears
By Gary Boutin 
Supplies and Tools: 
Aviation snips
Claw hammer
Cordless drill driver
Drill bits 1/8 inch, 3/32 inch
Electric drill 
File metal
Glasses safety
Hacksaw (32 teeth per inch)
Pan head screws self drilling
Pencil #2 Carpenter style
Screwdriver flat tipped
Screwdriver Phillip tip
Tape measure
Wood chisels
Wood door shims

On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. This Easter it seams appropriate to show how to install a custom bug screen. Easter in many regions of the California is when the large bugs and no see-em bugs come out. That's what we have to look forward to in April. Mr. Gonzales moved to a converted apartment turned into a Senior Apartment Condominium Complex for senior citizen. He wanted a flashy front screen door and he purchase his custom door from a Lowe's.

This post shows the twelve steps on how to align and install the door. 

Step 1: After reading the directions, the next step is to remove all the parts from the box and make sure all the hardware parts are enclosed. Above right fig.1 shows aviation snips that was used to cut down the aluminum door trim. 
Step 2: Fig.3 shows a cordless drill driver and a 1/8 inch drill bit drilling pilot starter holes for the Hinge Side Frame.
Fig.3 Starter holes

Step 3: The inside door jamb trim wasn't flat, and it was flared away from the front door so wooden shims were used to keep the jamb flat. Fig.4 and fig.5 shows wood door shims placed on the edge of the door jamb for the top and bottom hinge.
Fig.4 Top door hinge
Fig.5 Bottom door hinge
Step 4: Fig.6 and fig.7 shows a torpedo level is being used to make sure the screen door frame is straight and level. The torpedo level has a glass tube with a bubble in the middle to indicate it is level. Level in this case means the hinge side frame is aligned to the existing door frame and straight.
Fig.6 Torpedo level
Fig.7 Level the bubble 
is in the middle
Step 5: Fig.8 and fig.9 shows the bottom edge of the door is placed inside of the hinge side frame and pushed inside and upwards until the door is aligned inside the hinge side frame. 
Fig.8 Installing door
Fig.9 Aligning door
Step 6: Fig.10 shows the top edge of the door inside the hinge side frame. Now what needs to be done is secure the door to the hinge side frame with metal screws.

Fig.10 Top door edge 
aligned with hinge frame
Step 7: Fig.11 shows that a cordless screwdriver drilling a pilot hole into the door and hinge side frame. Fig.12 shows a cordless screwdriver placing self drilling pan head screws into the aluminum frame. Fig.13 shows a pan head screw has been inserted into the door.
Fig.11 Drilling into 
frame and door
Fig.12 Measure door and
 install pan head screws
Fig.13 Pan head 
screws installed
Step 8: Fig.14 shows the upper top right of the screen door is within the door jamb.
Fig.14 Right top of door
Step 9: Fig.15 shows the right side of the door is within the latch door frame.
Fig.15 Door alignment
Step 10: Fig.16 shows the bottom plate is flush to the door frame. Fig.17 shows the metal edge is cutting into the wood jamb the bottom plate is too long. Fig.18 and fig.19 shows the use aviation snips to cut a notch into the base plate so only the door edge touches the wood jamb. Use a metal file to make sure the metal edges are not razor sharp.
Fig.16 Bottom plate
Fig.17 Edge too long
Fig.18 Notching the edge
Fig.19 Using metal shears to 
cutting bottom plate
Step 11: Fig.20 and fig.21 shows the bottom plate is attached facing the right side of the door. Use of wood chisels helped get the bottom plate in position for securing the plate to the door
Fig.20 Wood chisel help 
adjust bottom door shield
Fig.21 Pencil edge 
for bottom plate

Step 12: Fig.22 shows the cordless screwdriver drilling a hole through the bottom of the hinge side frame. Fig.23 shows a hole was drilled but not through the screen door. Fig.24 shows a self drilling pan head screw was used to drill into the screen door to secure the hinge frame and the screen door.
Fig.22 Ryobi cordless 
drilled bottom hole
Fig.23 Hole drilled covering door
Fig.24 Inserted pan head screw
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