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Old 02-10-2021, 05:22 PM   #1
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Screen door bent at hinge

Our screen door got bent a bit when it was used to support a fall. The actual screen door is bent at the hinge attachments. The 'official' video of adjustment does not offer any help for this issue. The door does close but it naturally springs out unless you force it closed. I have attached 4 images. The first two show the bend, the 3rd one shows the hinge when the door is unlatched, the 4th shows the hinge when latched.

I am tempted to remove the rivets, straighten the hinge areas and reattach but am unsure what rivets to use.

Ideas?

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Old 02-13-2021, 06:31 PM   #2
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Does the door not close anymore with the bends or is it more of just knowing that itís bent and you wanna repair back to original?
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Old 02-13-2021, 09:37 PM   #3
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Does the door not close anymore with the bends or is it more of just knowing that itís bent and you wanna repair back to original?
It does close but without the latch it springs open about 2 inches. I would like it to close easier than it does, requires a bit of force (slam) to latch.
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Old 02-14-2021, 07:44 AM   #4
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The screen door hinge is hitting the frame before the door is fully closed. The door is bent and will most likely crack if not addressed. The hinge needs to be bent so that it functions properly.
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Old 02-14-2021, 02:42 PM   #5
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The screen door hinge is hitting the frame before the door is fully closed. The door is bent and will most likely crack if not addressed. The hinge needs to be bent so that it functions properly.
The hinge itself is not bent and hits flush. The actual door, where it attaches to the hinge, is bent (see the photos). The only way I can think to straighten that part is to de-rivet it and re-rivet.
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Old 02-14-2021, 03:31 PM   #6
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Good info on adjusting screen and main door

Had same issue with my screen door, and main door would not close after a cold snap. Found this video which was very helpful. Solved both my problems.


https://youtu.be/j7-PprGeESE
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Had same issue with my screen door, and main door would not close after a cold snap. Found this video which was very helpful. Solved both my problems.


https://youtu.be/j7-PprGeESE
Yes, that is the 'official' video that I alluded to previously.

My issue is not with the hinge but where the actual screen door is bent at the attachment point to the hinge. The video does not help that.

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Old 02-16-2021, 03:54 PM   #8
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So, mine needs to have the frame bent to fit more closely at the top. I have tried, unsuccessfully, to work the door frame while installed. I have resigned myself.to the fact that working the frame is best done removed and on a bench. I think that's where you are.
Laid out, work the distortion with auto body dollys, and rubber mallet.
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Old 02-16-2021, 05:37 PM   #9
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Could try sticking a piece of wood in it somehow and closing it against it. Or use a crescent wrench or two. But you may just mess it up worse. I got mine with two crescent wrench’s.
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I'd remove (drill out) the old rivets, straighten the screen door and install with new rivets. You can find aluminum pop rivets of similar size with steel shanks that are very strong. They will work fine...

I'd do it sooner rather than later to not further bend (fatigue) the frame or hinge.

Glad the door saved the fall...

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