A few sewn things #2: Screen curtins for the shop

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Blog entry by need2boat posted 10-25-2011 07:28 PM 5049 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When designing the shop or should I say remolding a very small garage I decided to make the doors open out. It saves on space yes! but I didn’t really think about screen doors in the spring/fall. Working thru my first summer the bugs weren’t to bad and once it got really hot I used AC. Moving into fall however I really wanted to open the doors but the mosquitoes in my area can really be bad a night. I thought about screen doors or making frames that would sit in the door jam but storage when not in use would be another issue.

The solution ended up coming from a friend that told me about something he’d seen on TV called magic screens. I did a little googling and this is the finished product.

I used a high quality no-see-em fabric made for tents. They are held up by a spring rod available at the box stores for under 5.00. The bottoms used a few pieces of scrap wood in the seams to keep tension. Then down the center I sewed 4 pieces of magnetic tap.

So far everything has worked great. I don’t get a lot of traffic in my shop but it’s easy enough to get in and out without trouble.

-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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#1 posted 10-25-2011 08:27 PM

That’s a great addition to your shop. There’s nothing worse than mosquitoes in the shop or anywhere come to that. The first thing I do when I get to my hotel room here in Denmark is climb over the furniture and leave shoe prints on the walls. :-) I hate the little critters. Thankfully, it is getting too cold for them now.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 10-26-2011 04:53 PM

That might come in handy for me! Insects don’t bother me so much, but I have an occasional bird to fly thru open doors and they seem to have a heck of a time getting back out. But I have poor eye sight…..maybe they are large mosquitoes rather than birds!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#3 posted 11-04-2011 04:33 AM

A good solution, this gives me ideas for next summer.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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