Framing Out the Screen Door

Yesterday, Paul and I went over to the Home Depot to pick up a few things. I had a list in my pocket. I wanted to get a few sheets of lattice, a screen door, trim for the screen door frame and some hinges and stuff. I also wanted to pick up the rolls of screening that I am going to use for the porch when I am all done sealing the wood. Home Depot didn’t have the screening. I bet Lowes does.

As I am only one man and only have a limited amount of time, I tackled just the screen door framing last night after work. Well, I did a little more sealing, but that didn’t take up too much time. The screen door frame is what this is all about.

If you know anything about hanging a door, you know it sucks for someone who has no clue how to do it. That’s where I come in. I just wung it. “Wung” is the past tense of “winged,” in case you care. I had a nice pressure treated 2″x4″ and all the stuff I would need, so I was in pretty good shape. Most importantly, I had my Dewalt Miter Saw for cutting the angles. That is a very handy tool to have. I am just glad that I bought the good one.

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As you can see from the photo above, I was able to keep the angled 2″x4″s above the door frame. I liked that idea, because it keeps the look of the porch, instead of just slapping up some wood to make it work. I have discovered that, in life, the details matter.

Basically, I measured and cut the vertical 2″x4″s and screwed them in place. The way I got them aligned with the door is to have the door standing in position, next to the wood. I used a level too. I had to keep adjusting and adjusting. I cut the top piece and then added the trim pieces. The spring loaded hinges weren’t as spring loaded as I thought they would be. I am going to have to buy something else in addition. In the photo above, the door is open so the dog can go in and out.

Here is another photo of my handywork…

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The top piece was “recycled” from the old porch. I have a pile of that wood sitting to the side.

Comments

  1. Paul says:

    And handy work it is. That looks great! I wish I could see a picture with the screen door closed.

  2. Adrian says:

    A nice looking door frame. The diagonal braces at the top will make it a lot stronger than the average frame.

    A suggestion for the door might be to find a surplus wooden door with full glass from bottom to top. Preferably one you can picked up cheap because of cracked or damaged glass.

    Remove the glass entirely and put verticals in the lower half of the door to replicate the look of the handrail you already have all around the deck. Then get a screen frame made to cover up the opening from top to bottom.

    Best Regards

    Adrian D

    http://www.all-about-screen-doors.com

  3. Emtek Hardware says:

    Good work on that one. It looks like a good piece of craftsmanship.