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Old 04-17-2018, 01:42 AM   #61
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We had a little trouble with our 19' retractable but we don't have trouble with the one on the 21'. I am wondering if the screen is changed to be a little better or if we just became used to it and don't mess it up as easily. We do not have nearly enough of a problem to want the new kind. I like the old one that we have. Maybe moving it from somewhat down low on the screen would help.
When I was going to add new flooring to our trailer I had to get all the information on the screen door possible . Because I had to remove the whole screen and cut it down a little because of the new height of the flooring . You mentioned one screen was a little troublesome and the other on your new trailer working fine . I think you are on to something . I think it is the adjustment wheels both top and bottom . I had to readjust after I reinstalled the screen . It took a little of playing with it to get it right . Kind of a balance between top and bottom and enough spring tightening for door to close without it hanging up at top or bottom . That's all I got . Pat
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Old 04-17-2018, 06:45 AM   #62
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One advantage of the new style screen door is the ability to make a storm door modification to allow keeping the door open during the shoulder seasons. I'll be making mine real soon and will post pictures.
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Old 04-17-2018, 07:40 AM   #63
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One advantage of the new style screen door is the ability to make a storm door modification to allow keeping the door open during the shoulder seasons. I'll be making mine real soon and will post pictures.
That's a good idea Jim. I'm assuming something like a sheet of plexiglass over the screen?
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:36 AM   #64
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Yes, I purchased some thin plexiglass and will cut and mount with VHB tape on the outside of the screen door allow it to remain open without losing heat.As soon as it warms up here it is on my "roundtoit"
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Old 04-17-2018, 10:06 AM   #65
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Yes, I purchased some thin plexiglass and will cut and mount with VHB tape on the outside of the screen door allow it to remain open without losing heat.As soon as it warms up here it is on my "roundtoit"
Does mounting with VHB tape not make this more of a permanent installation? Would you not want to be able to readily take the plexiglass off when the weather is nice?
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Old 04-17-2018, 10:09 AM   #66
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Yes, I purchased some thin plexiglass and will cut and mount with VHB tape on the outside of the screen door allow it to remain open without losing heat.As soon as it warms up here it is on my "roundtoit"
I understand what you are doing, but do you think a storm door will make a lot of difference in warmth? Like Dave, wondering why permanent too?
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Old 04-17-2018, 11:24 AM   #67
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I may leave the shipping tape on the one side of the vhb tape and try screws in the corners, depends on success in drilling small holes.
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Old 04-17-2018, 05:43 PM   #68
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Drilling holes in plexiglass requires a special bit, and regular drill bits will crack it for sure (you may already know this). I forget what the bit is called.
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Old 04-17-2018, 06:38 PM   #70
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Drilling holes in plexiglass requires a special bit, and regular drill bits will crack it for sure (you may already know this). I forget what the bit is called.
I looked up online to see what information was available for drilling Plexiglas. I'm so glad that I've been drilling it for about 40 years because if I hadn't I'd be totally confused.

Yes, there are special drill bits that could be purchased, although I've never seen one and you can always brass an ordinary bit to prevent it from grabbing.

My two basics for drilling are; make sure the bit is sharp, which might sound like a contradiction but you don't want to have to melt your way through. That causes other problems. The second item is to work your way up in size. What causes problems drilling is the bit grabbing and and cracking the piece. I think that I did crack a piece a long time ago. But it's easy to drill, doesn't require special bits as long as you don't get greedy and try to drill a large hole without smaller holes to start.

Here's my now beaten up and grubby rear canopy doors. All those holes were drilled with whatever bit was handy.

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