Is installed! They said it couldn't be done. Two somewhat hopelessly unhandy saps would never be able to navigate the intricacies of the fiddly frame....the impossible blind screws of the handle.... and the closer that needs adjusting somehow.... Well it happened baby. We are so tickled to show off the final product of the installed screen door. Happy day.
Ah, so happy. Actually there is some dude on youtube that is the real hero. I guarantee this could not have been done without his 45 minute step by step video where he very calmly and systematically narrated his screen door install. God love him, he really stayed so calm even through the more scary parts. I think that helped me stay relaxed when some of the same things happened to us! Certainly the package insert did NOT help. Thank you youtube hero. You saved the day.
We almost lost it during the handle part. If not for David persisting, I think the whole door would have ended up in the scrap heap. It's such a weird system where these little screws have to find these stupid little corresponding tubes in a blind space through the door! How can that even be the way you do it? Anyway, I thought that part was impossible but David did it. Youtube guy only mentioned it might be a tad fiddly and edited how long he took to connect those stupid screws. He came back on like in a cooking show and it was already done. Friggin guy.
However, David's dark time came with an unwillingness to try to put the closer thing on. He refused the first day. Then after a couple of days with it not on, staring from the package, daring and defiant, he decided today was the day. And it was tricky too! We put the whole thing on exactly as youtube guy said, then tried the door. It had a total opening space of about 1 centimeter. What? It would work perfectly if we were crickets. But then we wouldn't be able to reach the handle, never mind all the other problems with being crickets. We couldn't figure out what we did wrong, but it turns out, there is a lip on the top of our door, and we had the closer thing too high and it was catching, preventing a proper opening. Well, dammit that meant we had to do the whole thing again. Gah! But hallelujah it's done and it works!
Happy day my friends, happy day!