• In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains how to install a storm door.


    1 Use bevel square to establish angle of doorsill.
    2 Mark doorsill angle onto the bottom end of the hinge frame.
    3 Use hacksaw to cut hinge frame to length.
    4 Screw hinge frame to edge of screen door.
    5 Screw door hinge to side jamb of door opening.
    6 Install remaining frame pieces around top and sides of door.
    7 Attach automatic closers and handle to door.
    8 Secure the safety chain to head jamb and to inside of door.
    9 Seal around storm-door frame with silicone caulk.
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    • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
      depending on the condition of the existing doorframe
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      Tools List

      • bevel square
        Bevel square,
        used to determine angle of doorsill
      • hacksaw
        used to cut aluminum hinge frame
      • drill
      • caulk gun
        Caulking gun,
        used to apply silicone caulk

      Shopping List

      1. Storm door

      2. Silicone caulk,

      used to seal around frame of storm door