Before You Begin: Gather Your Tools and Materials
Before we dive into the installation process, it’s important to make sure you have all the necessary tools and materials. Here’s what you’ll need: – Screwdriver – Drill – Measuring tape – Level – Pencil – Larson storm door kit (includes door, frame, and hardware)
Step 1: Measure Your Doorway
The first thing you’ll need to do is measure your doorway to make sure you get the right-sized door. Measure the height and width of the doorway, and make sure to add an extra inch to each measurement to allow for a little wiggle room.
Step 2: Remove Your Old Door (If Necessary)
If you already have a door installed, you’ll need to remove it before you can install your new Larson storm door. Use your screwdriver to remove any screws or hardware holding the old door in place.
Step 3: Install the Hinge Rail
The hinge rail is the long, thin piece of metal that will attach your Larson storm door to your door frame. Hold the hinge rail up to the frame and use your pencil to mark where the screws will go. Then, use your drill to attach the hinge rail to the frame.
Step 4: Install the Door
Next, it’s time to install the door itself. Hold the door up to the hinge rail and attach it using the screws provided in your Larson storm door kit. Make sure the door is level before you tighten the screws.
Step 5: Install the Door Closer
The door closer is the mechanism that will keep your Larson storm door from slamming shut. Attach the door closer to the top of the door frame using the screws provided.
Q: Do I need to install a door closer?
A: Yes, it’s important to install a door closer to prevent the door from slamming shut and potentially causing damage.
Q: Can I install a Larson storm door by myself?
A: Yes, it’s possible to install a Larson storm door by yourself, but it’s always a good idea to have a second set of hands to help you.
Step 6: Install the Handle and Lockset
The handle and lockset are what you’ll use to open and close your Larson storm door. Install them according to the instructions provided in your Larson storm door kit.
Step 7: Install the Bottom Expander
The bottom expander is a piece of metal that attaches to the bottom of your Larson storm door and seals the gap between the door and the threshold. Install it according to the instructions provided in your Larson storm door kit.
Step 8: Adjust the Door
Once everything is installed, it’s time to adjust the door to make sure it’s working properly. Use your level to make sure the door is plumb, and adjust the hinges as necessary to make sure the door opens and closes smoothly.
Step 9: Enjoy Your New Larson Storm Door!
Congratulations, you’ve successfully installed your new Larson storm door! Enjoy the added protection and curb appeal it provides.
Installing a Larson storm door may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite simple if you follow these step-by-step instructions. Just remember to take your time, measure carefully, and use the right tools and materials. Happy installing!