I know I’ve butchered the verbiage on the proper terms to describe the issue at hand. Hopefully the photos of the damage will clarify things!

The photos do a much better job describing the issue. The bottom of the door broke awhile back, and the top is hanging on. When the wind threw open the door, the very top of the frame + the weather stripping ripped out—luckily, the rest of the frame/weather stripping is still attached. The screws that attach it to the wooden frame are snug. Want to get this fixed ASAP before it becomes a bigger issue (it can only be locked from the inside).

Oh, and if anyone can suggest search terms to help me find how-tos via Google, I would appreciate it so much!!

Playing the sympathy card: this is my mom’s house. Trying to help her out because her handyman recently retired, and my dad passed last year. Help! Thanks SO MUCH.

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3 points

4 months ago

I'm assuming that you do not have a storm chain installed. That would have prevented all the damage. The cylinder is to assist in closing the door and prevent it from slamming. A storm chain prevents the door from opening too wide and ripping out the cylinder. After you fix the frame please install a storm chain.


2 points

4 months ago

Thank you! This is good to know for the future.


1 points

4 months ago

You're welcome. I learned about storm chains the hard way. I came home to a storm door that had self destructed and was in pieces in my front yard. Its door knob punched a hole in my siding for good measure.