By Gene and Katie Hamilton
One of the hardest working doors in our house is the screen door on the back porch. Day in and day out, the door gets continued use by our cats, Pete and Repeat, and us. We recently replaced the old worn handle with a new one and it's good to go for a long time to come.
This is a must-do project for any homeowner because it's positively goof-proof and requires a minimum of tools and talent. You can buy the lock at a hardware store or home center for $25 and install it yourself, pocketing a whopping 59 percent. A contractor charges $61 which includes labor and material.
The project involves first removing the old handle with a screwdriver and checking out the holes to see if they can be used for the new handle. If not, use the paper template that comes packaged with the handle, as a guide for drilling new mounting holes. Tape the template to the door and drill through it for properly aligned holes. Then follow the installation instructions using the screws provided to secure the inside and outside halves of the handle assembly.
For a look at a large selection of replacement screen door hardware go to Swisco Company.
Tip: Before installing the new handle, give the door a good cleaning, especially around the handle where there are often dirty fingerprints.
The average price to replace a screen door handle noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.