A home on wheels or concrete blocks is still a home and may require some improvement. Installing a combination screen-storm door adds functionality during every season. Most doors designed for mobile homes are standard sized but are not the same size as doors for traditional houses. Learning how to install a screen door on your mobile home requires mastering a few extra steps.
You will need:
• Mobile screen-storm door assembly
• Casing nails
• Metal drill bit
• Hacksaw (if adjustment is needed)
• Putty scraper
• Putty tape
• Tape measure
• Protective goggles
Step 1: Measure the door area width and height with the tape measure. If a screen door is being replaced, measure the door instead. You may be able to find a door that fits without making any adjustments. Note whether the door opens to the left or right because the new door should open the same way.
Step 2: Screen and storm doors for mobile homes are made from lightweight material and come in several colors and designs. You can even find simulated or real wood grain doors. If the mobile home resides in a community, verify any design specifications with the association. A store specializing in accessories and parts for mobile homes is the best place to find the door.
Step 3: If an existing screen door is being replaced, remove it and retain existing hardware for installation of the new door.
Step 4: Use a putty scraper to remove putty residue from the doorframe. Apply new putty tape to the door flanges.
Step 5: Align the new door in the doorframe, using the top of this frame as a leveling guide. Hold the new door level and use the level to ensure the door will not catch on the threshold during opening and closing. Use the hinges to determine where to drill new holes for each screw and screw in the hinges with the appropriate type of screwdriver.
Step 6: Open and close the door to make sure it moves unhindered. If any adjustments are needed, reposition the hinges as necessary now.
Step 7: Install the casing nails with the hammer.
Step 8: Close the door and install the handle, aligning it with the door latch on the jamb and using the provided screws.
Step 9: Install the door closer and chain on the doorjamb. The chain prevents a wind gust or overzealous person from opening the door too wide.