Step 1: Remove old door and threshold

Prepare the sill by removing the adjustable wood strip from the original threshold
Photo: Smith/Baer
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Start by removing the old door from the opening; be sure to have someone hold the unit as you back out the last few screws. Then unscrew the old strike plate from the side jamb. Prepare the sill by removing the adjustable wood strip from the original threshold. If there's no adjustable part, you'll have to chisel the surface flush or cut out the whole sill.
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    Tools List

    • hammer
      Hammer
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • circular saw
      Circle saw
    • hacksaw
      Hacksaw

    Shopping List

    1. Replacement entry door
    2. Urethane-foam exterior trim
    includes crosshead pediment and fluted columns

    3. Aluminum storm door

    4. Urethane adhesive
    used to adhere exterior trim

    5. Silicone caulk
    for sealing underneath new threshold

    5. 1 5/8-inch roofing nails
    used to secure new doorframe

    6. Straightedge
    used as a saw guide when trimming the siding

    7. 3-inch (10d) galvanized finishing nails
    for attaching urethane trim

    8. Exterior-grade putty
    used to fill nail holes in trim