Monday, September 1, 2008

Log Cabin Window Screening Alternative

The actual window screening of the cabin was worn and outdated. These must be considered stretch in type screens. Fastened at the top with a thin aluminum bar and on the bottom with clips that are stretched over two screws and attached to the sill. The stretch was gone allowing for voids on the sides. Fortunately bug problems in this area are minor except for bees. Having lived through most of the summer months, nary a mosquito has been felt or seen.

Cabin before new screensFor a solution I thought I'd have to call in an expert who would install a frame for the screens to slide into. I put it off for a few months thinking I could come up with another idea, until my real estate bud Jim Stover mentioned Ace Hardware can do custom screens for a reasonable price.

The new screens for eleven windows ran about $250.00. They're not the thick aluminum gauge the previous screens were. Framed on all four sides allowed for some rigidity. The installation procedure was similar to the older ones but left for a tighter fit around the frame. Removing and reinstalling the new took approximately four hours.

Swivel clips on outside of screens

For each window, two swivel type clips were fastened on each side (shown above, upper right corner). These allow for the screens to be inserted on an angle from the bottom then pushed into place allowing for a firm fit without any voids. Only available in one color, aluminum, all of them were painted to match the screen border frame before use.

Screws hold screening in place from indoors
Once the screen is inserted from the outside ordinary galvanized screws were attached on each side of the sill. Placed in an area allowing for the tightest fit, the new clips (hooks) are pulled tightly over the screws. Also shown is an existing screw from the older screens that I couldn't remove.

Final appearance...

New window screens on log cabin

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