There are commercial screen doors like this one that keeps flies from coming inside. But I had a dowel left over from a previous beer holder project so when I saw the screen at Home Depot for $6.99 I decided to make this screen myself.
I’m super excited about my new door screen - it’s just in time for San Francisco’s warm October days!
And..... I made it at SF Techshop!
Screen (Home Depot or a store like that will have a variety of types and sizes)
Dowel (Doesn't matter what diameter, but mine was 1/2". Make sure it's long enough to fit the width of your door frame.)
Box Cutter (or another blade)
Circular Saw (or a hand saw)
Ruler and Pencil
Step 1: Cut the Dowel to Length
2. Measure that distance on your dowel, mark it with a pencil
3. On the circular saw, before the blade is on, line up the blade on the outside of the pencil marking. You should cut on the outside to compensate for the width of the blade.
4. Cut the wood
Step 2: The Screen
Step 3: Temporary Attachment With Staple
Techshop has some staple guns available (or maybe they're called something else....?), so I put three stapes in (one the end and in the middle, to just stabilize the net. The staples do not go deep enough into the wood to be a permanent attachment, however, it did the trick to hold it in place.
(Note: It's hit or miss when you see what staples they have available. I just happened to find ones that fit in a leftover bin. But to be safe, bring your own.)
Step 4: Glue Glue Glue
(In case you're wondering, the glue stays hot for a while so don't be stupid like me and touch it right away.)
(There happened to be glue still in the glue gun, but don't always count on it being there. Any craft store will have refills of glue)
Step 5: Cut the Screen to Size
At first I was trying to use 90 degree tools to make sure I cut the screen at the correct angle and along a straight line.
Techshop has several hand tools that help you find a 90 degree angle, so I started using that as a guide.
However, the cool thing about this fiberglass netting is that it's in a grid, and once you start cutting down you basically can just keep your blade in the same column and go all the way down. So I was able to make a straight line for 79" without any guide. Just a little mental focus!
Step 6: This Is the Screen Hanging in My Fire Escape Door
In the first picture you can see the finished product hanging in the door frame. It's (obviously) hard to see the screen itself.....
Today I have the door open to let the sun in and there are no flies in my kitchen. My dog is very happy with this project. Mission accomplished!!!!
And, I made it at San Francisco Techshop!!!!!!