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Old 11-08-2019, 12:39 PM   #81
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My last piece of advice... Either put some decals on your screen to make it more visible and prevent accidents OR go ahead and order a spare screen now.

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Old 11-08-2019, 12:54 PM   #82
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I bet there were some profane expressions used during the switch out, reminds me of George Carlin and dirty words.....
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Old 11-08-2019, 01:21 PM   #83
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This is perfect timing, as I will be starting on my repair (my second one) this weekend. Last year I paid someone big dollars to replace it, and he did not do a very good job at all.

So this year, after our friends 3 year old ran through it near the end of camping season, I decided I'm going to attempt it myself. I figure I can at least do as good a job as the other person did.
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:59 PM   #84
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I bet there were some profane expressions used during the switch out, reminds me of George Carlin and dirty words.....
Still miss George Carlin’s take on things . Pat
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Old 11-10-2019, 01:26 PM   #85
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Ok, thanks to all of the good advise in this post, I just finished replacing my screen.


So while everything looks good, I still need to do some adjusting somewhere. While the door will try and close, it does not "snap" shut like the original one did, and it actually only closes about 3/4 of the way.


And also, the tension on the top part and the bottom part do not seem to be in sync.


I know that there are adjusters on top and bottom, so I assume that I use those to get the door closing like I want it to.


What is the trick there?


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Ok, thanks to all of the good advise in this post, I just finished replacing my screen.


So while everything looks good, I still need to do some adjusting somewhere. While the door will try and close, it does not "snap" shut like the original one did, and it actually only closes about 3/4 of the way.


And also, the tension on the top part and the bottom part do not seem to be in sync.


I know that there are adjusters on top and bottom, so I assume that I use those to get the door closing like I want it to.


What is the trick there?


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Greg: See attached. You want to use the bottom adjuster to increase the spring tension.
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:26 PM   #87
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Above is correct; it helps also to wind that spring 25 times(gets tight!) prior to reassembling, however you can later use the dial at the floor as well.
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:53 PM   #88
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That was just what I needed, door closes perfectly now. Thanks to all.


And just let me say that if you do need to repair your door, don't be afraid to try it yourself. I'm far from a handy man, but with all of the info found in this thread and the instructions that came with it, it really was not that bad.
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I know that there are adjusters on top and bottom, so I assume that I use those to get the door closing like I want it to.
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The top adjuster does not change the spring (winding) tension. Rather, it is a limit device that restricts how much of the screen can be pulled out. I am not sure what the purpose is. Perhaps for home use when double door screens are used (one of the options noted in the install manual)? I left mine more or less set to full screen, meaning you can pull out more screen than the door is wide.
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Alan- I thought the top knob pulled the screen tight across the frame. No?
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Alan- I thought the top knob pulled the screen tight across the frame. No?
Nope. I thought so at one time. Hard to describe, but it is a screw-type piece of plastic that turns with the screen, riding down & up with the screen movement along a 4 inch threaded rod. When it reaches a certain point it latches so it won't rotate, thus preventing the screen from extending any more. It is not connected to the spring. Only the bottom adjuster can tighten (loosen) the spring.
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Old 11-10-2019, 08:08 PM   #92
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Ahh, those horrible & incomplete instructions!

Found this on their website description of the product - not in the replacement instructions:

"The Vista Plus Screen can be adjusted to reduce the amount of mesh discharged from the Screen Housing. This keeps the mesh tight to maintain the Vista Plus Screen's effectiveness in keeping out unwanted insects."
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