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Magnetic Window Screens for Car Camping

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The following shows how to make Magnetic Window Screens for Car Camping using rare earth magnets, duct tape, and flexible window screening. I made it at Techshop. http://www.techshop.ws/
 
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Step 1: Gather Duct Tape, Insect Screen, and Rare Earth magnets

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Step 2: Cut Screen to overlap by 1-2 inches beyond window frame

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Step 3: Attach Rare Earth Magnets to edge of window screen using duct tape. Screen can be folded and kept in glove compartment.

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Step 4: Place window screen with magnets attached with duct tape over open window.

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dirkrandal4 months ago
Great minds think alike... I did this, too. I chose cheap magnetic strips for similar result. They sealed the gaps, but I think either method would work fine; depends on what you have readily available. The magnetic strips are available from most craft stores or even Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Magnum-Magnetics-Corp-Adhesive-Magnetic-Strip-1-2-X25/13432532
maxman7 months ago
Excellent! Thank you.
poofrabbit7 months ago
Just wanted to say congratulations on being a finalists in the Great Outdoors Contest! This was a fantastic instructable! Good luck!
gregmacd1 (author)  poofrabbit7 months ago
Thanks!
jhernandez627 months ago
this is awesome, just in time to start using it thanks.
duck tape and magnets really simple really good

Jobar0078 months ago
Clever idea. The only thing I would do differently would be to use felt on the magnets to help prevent scratches on the car... unless the duct tape fulfills that role well enough already.
gregmacd1 (author)  Jobar0078 months ago
Thanks! The duct tape does prevent scratches, and adds a bit of cushioning to the magnets, which tend to slam onto the metal. If this slamming caused a magnet to crack, the duct tape would keep the pieces together.. All of my magnets are still in one piece though.
jmray8 months ago
Nice
Monomann8 months ago
Brilliant!!
kenbob8 months ago
I love simple answers that I just never thought of! This is brilliant - simple, effective, affordable, compact, elegant! Thanks!
Charlemagne78 months ago
Good one...
zomfibame8 months ago
that is pretty darn cool
jessyratfink8 months ago
You, good sir, ARE A GENIUS.

I love this.
gregmacd1 (author)  jessyratfink8 months ago
Thanks!
jdonato8 months ago
I do something similar when at the drive-in.
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