How to Install Your Custom Wooden Door and Hardware
- First make arrangements with your carpenter to install your door before you receive it to ensure a prompt and proper installation to comply with our warranty.
- When your shipment arrives, immediately open and inspect your screen door for shipping related damage within 3 days of receipt.
- Store your screen door inside in a warm, dry place! Do not store in the garage or anywhere ambient moisture can absorb into the wood. It is very important to finish and seal your screen door within 14 days of receipt in accordance with our finishing instructions.
- Before finishing your screen door, check to make sure it fits the opening. A proper fit would allow for a 1/8 inch - 3/16 inchs gap all around the door for hinges, locksets and natural movement associated with all wooden screen doors. If your wood screen door does not fit properly "out of the box", arrange for your carpenter to trim and install your hardware before finishing avoiding the need to "repair" the finish after your door is installed.
- Immediately after installation take your screen door down and remove the hardware to finish it. After the finish is fully dry, re-install the hardware and hang your door.
- You may trim off up to 1 inch on each side, 3/8 inch off the top, and 1" off the bottom of your screen door without significantly affecting its structural integrity. Use all three hinges to ensure proper support and operation of your door.
Each manufacturer includes instructions on how to install their hardware. Most installations are quite simple and require only hand tools. The tools needed may get more involved including routers or drills, when Mortise Locks are installed.
Needed Tools for installing hinges:
- Utility knife - for scoring Butt Hinge outline (if used).
- 1/2" Chisel - for mortising Butt Hinges (if used).
- Drill bit - to pre drill for wood screws in hinges.
- Phillips Screwdriver - To screw in wood screws.
- Hand Plane, Power Plane, or Table saw - to trim door sides (if needed).
- Skill Saw - To trim top or bottom of screen door (if needed).