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I have a screen door on my house that has a handle like this:

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But the handle broke so now it's loose and falls off easily when pulled on. It left about a half inch of square steel shaft:

click image for full size

I can order a new one, but it takes time to get here. Meanwhile, it's cold outside, and I don't want to remove/prop open the door. How can I provide access to the house from that door, before I put a new handle on?

I did try:

  • Setting a pair of pliers by the door so that whoever's going in can use it to turn the steel shaft. This slips easily if you don't have a great grip, and pinches you. Also not convenient if you're carrying much.
  • Tying down the opposite handle, so that the door can be opened from the outside without turning the shaft. This (even in combination with the method above) didn't help at all with those carrying a load of groceries or whatever.

I have a screen door on my house that has a handle like this:

click image for full size

But the handle broke so now it's loose and falls off easily when pulled on. It left about a half inch of square steel shaft:

click image for full size

I can order a new one, but it takes time to get here. Meanwhile, it's cold outside, and I don't want to remove/prop open the door. How can I provide access to the house from that door, before I put a new handle on?

I did try:

  • Setting a pair of pliers by the door so that whoever's going in can use it to turn the steel shaft. This slips easily if you don't have a great grip, and pinches you. Also not convenient if you're carrying much.
  • Tying down the opposite handle, so that the door can be opened from the outside without turning the shaft. This (even in combination with the method above) didn't help at all with those carrying a load of groceries or whatever.

I have a screen door on my house that has a handle like this:

But the handle broke so now it's loose and falls off easily when pulled on. It left about a half inch of square steel shaft:

I can order a new one, but it takes time to get here. Meanwhile, it's cold outside, and I don't want to remove/prop open the door. How can I provide access to the house from that door, before I put a new handle on?

I did try:

  • Setting a pair of pliers by the door so that whoever's going in can use it to turn the steel shaft. This slips easily if you don't have a great grip, and pinches you. Also not convenient if you're carrying much.
  • Tying down the opposite handle, so that the door can be opened from the outside without turning the shaft. This (even in combination with the method above) didn't help at all with those carrying a load of groceries or whatever.
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What can I do when the handle breaks and falls off my screen door?

I have a screen door on my house that has a handle like this:

click image for full size

But the handle broke so now it's loose and falls off easily when pulled on. It left about a half inch of square steel shaft:

click image for full size

I can order a new one, but it takes time to get here. Meanwhile, it's cold outside, and I don't want to remove/prop open the door. How can I provide access to the house from that door, before I put a new handle on?

I did try:

  • Setting a pair of pliers by the door so that whoever's going in can use it to turn the steel shaft. This slips easily if you don't have a great grip, and pinches you. Also not convenient if you're carrying much.
  • Tying down the opposite handle, so that the door can be opened from the outside without turning the shaft. This (even in combination with the method above) didn't help at all with those carrying a load of groceries or whatever.