Hang Security Screen Doors
Security screen doors are a great way to enhance the security of your home with minimum fuss and relatively little expense. They can also provide a decorative addition to your home facade, with a variety of colors and styles to choose from. Security doors usually come from the store with all the required hardware, ready to be installed. Simply attach the handles and hinges and you're ready to go.
Install The Handles
1 Insert the internal handle and lock the snib lever into the internal backing plate.
2 Install the internal backing plate and handle onto the lock body, while holding on to the snib lever. The handle should point directly towards the hinge side of the door, in a horizontal position.
3 Insert the spindle (the rod that joins the two handles) from the exterior side, through the lock body and into the internal handle.
4 Connect the external backing plate and handle together. Fit the plate and handle over the protruding spindle on the exterior side. Again, make sure the handle is pointing towards the hinge side of the door and is positioned horizontally.
5 Secure the backing plates to the door using the screws provided.
Install The Door
6 Fix the hinges to the door using the screws provided. Use the placement of the hinges of your internal front door as a guide to where they should be positioned. Close the hinges once they are attached.
7 Sit the door in the door frame, using timber wedges or shims to raise the door to the appropriate height. There should be a 3 mm gap along each edge of the door. Insert an extra wedge into the top gap to help support the door.
8 Mark the position of each hinge on the door frame using a pencil. Remove the door from the doorway.
9 Extend the hinge markings inside the door frame using a carpenter's square and a pencil.
10 Stand the door up in the open position and align the hinges with the markings. Use the wedges to support the door, or have a helper handy to hold the door while you complete the next step.
11 Drill in one screw in each hinge. Swing the door back and forth to check that it swings smoothly with no obstruction. Close the door and check that there is an even 3 mm gap around the door. Open the door again.
12 Secure the remaining screws. Close the door.
Strike Plate Installation
13 Open the door slightly so the lock bolt, or striker, rests on the edge of the door frame. Mark the top and bottom edge of the striker on the door frame. Open the door.
14 Place the strike plate over the markings, so that the hole in the plate is centered where the striker will go. Trace around the edge of the strike plate and its hinge holes with a pencil.
15 Chisel out the mortise for the strike plate. Check the depth of the strike plate first. The mortise should be exactly the same depth as the plate, so when the plate is installed it sits flush with the door frame.
16 Drill out the hole for the striker and the pilot holes for the hinges in the door frame.
17 Attach the strike plate to the door frame using the screws provided.
18 Close the door and test the lock to make sure that it works.
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