For this project you’ll need safety glasses, gloves, a putty knife, and a tape measure.
The first thing to do is remove the window screens. Some screens you can remove by just pulling the sides, others will have a tab to pull on. Using a standard tape measure, measure the width of the screen first. To do this measure the outside edge of the window screen frame. If your screen has a lip around the edge, then measure the body of the frame, not from the edge of the lip. Measure to the nearest 1/16 inch. Make sure and measure at the corners as the middle may be slightly bowed. Repeat this process for the height of the window. If your window screen has a middle crossbar, then measure from the bottom of the screen to the center of the crossbar. Note any pull tabs, springs, clips, or other hardware locations. Finally, identify the type of mesh: [Read more…]
Learn how to remove and reinsert a double hung sash on a Milgard window by watching this video demo and following the steps outlined below.
A mortise latch allows a door to be easily opened and closed with a door handle. Learn how to change the direction of the mortice latch on a Milgard swing-type French Door.
For this project you will need: a Phillips head screwdriver, safety glasses, and gloves.
Warning: Do not use any power tools to adjust hinges.
To change the direction of the mortise latch, especially if accidentally rotated, first locate the mortise latch. Open the door panel, locate the strike pin, which is right below the latch, then compress and hold the strike pin. Then pull the handle up. You should see the lock activate. At this point pull the latch out and rotate to the correct position. Check to make sure the latch is correct by pushing down on the handle to de-activate the lock, then closing the door and rotate the handles up until it stops. Then rotate the lower thumb turn to activate lock. To unlock the Milgard French door, first rotate the lower thumb turn to unlock. Then rotate the handle down fully to disengage all locking parts.