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A beefed up storm door.

A beefed up storm door is a security storm door made of heavy-duty 16-gauge steel as a deterrent to intruders. Its usual features are a decorative grill with a top and bottom design that mirror each other so the door can be installed and hinged for a left- or right-hand swing. The addition of a deadbolt lock offers an added sense of security; and the movable screen and glass panel adjust to the weather conditions, while providing a handsome appearance to the entry of a home. The typical size of the door is 32 inches wide by 81 inches high, and common colors are black and white.

A door installation service or carpenter will charge $560, including labor and material, to remove an old storm/screen door and replace it with a new security unit and deadbolt lock. Budget more if carpentry work and paint are needed to the door frame before the new storm door is installed.

A handy homeowner with carpentry tools and skills can buy the door and deadbolt lock and install it for $400 saving 29%. Figure it will cost you more time and money if carpentry work is needed to repair or paint the doorjamb. To do the job, you’ll need basic carpentry tools: measuring tape, a hacksaw, pliers, a screwdriver, a chisel and an electric drill. Carefully measure the door opening before you go shopping. Measure the width of the opening from jamb to jamb and the height of the door from the head jamb to the threshold.

To find more DIY project costs and to post comments and questions, visit www.diyornot.com.

Pro Cost — DIY Cost — Pro time — DIY Time — DIY Savings — Percent Saved

$560 — $400 — 2.2 — 4.5 — $160 — 29%

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