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« on: June 13, 2015 08:33:10 AM »

The screen doors that came with our house are decent-looking, but poorly functioning for a few reasons. Last autumn I took down the one on the front door and stored it in the shop. When it was time to put it up this spring, I just couldn't bring myself to do it so I resurrected a stalled project of another door using the materials on-hand to replace it with something that functions better for our needs.



Security isn't so much of an issue on our place, so this is a suitable front door solution for us. I think it could be a good solution for doors where security isn't a factor and in rental situations since there are no screws or nails required to mount it using the tension rod.

The details of how I assembled this curtain-style screen are on my blog.
http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2015/06/quick-easy-screen-door-fix.html

UPDATE: We have had this up for a couple of weeks and it's really working out great for us! The dogs are used to it so can let themselves in and out, but most of the nasty flying bugs don't! I added one to the upstairs balcony door and it's great, too.
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2015 08:57:56 AM »

I posted my comment on your blog, but I have some questions. Do you just walk right through it?, or does it open like a curtain? or do you have a way to tie it up, or tie it back? What holds it down at the bottom? Did you use weights?

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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2015 09:14:14 AM »

I posted my comment on your blog, but I have some questions. Do you just walk right through it?, or does it open like a curtain? or do you have a way to tie it up, or tie it back? What holds it down at the bottom? Did you use weights?

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We just use a hand or elbow to draw it out of the way from the side to walk through one side and we encourage the dogs to use their snootle, but they still usually wait for us to show them again how it works. Unless there is a squirrel to chase off the deck, then they somehow remember they can open it themselves.  I assumed that I would use weights, in which case I would have used a small chain and attached it at either end of the hem. But through the testing period it stayed down fine, so apparently gravity and the slight rigidity of the material was enough. We don't get much wind, though.
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2015 08:56:15 AM »

I need this for the pups. Iggy is forever banging on the back door.
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2015 01:01:49 PM »

I need this for the pups. Iggy is forever banging on the back door.

Once the dogs got used to it, it has worked really well.
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