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Old 07-11-2011, 07:00 PM   #1
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Has anyone made screen windows for their roof hatches?
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:05 PM   #2
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We don't have roof hatches so I didn't have to screen any... just my windows.
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:29 PM   #3
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36"x36" frame?
Yeah, but they have round corners. :/ No way, cant be that big...can they?
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Re: Screens

Good idea! I think I'll do the following:
1. make a cutout frame from 3/8" plywood big enough to surround the hatch.
2. glue screen material onto magnetic strips and then glue/tack the resulting assembly onto the plywood.
3. stick it onto the ceiling surrounding the hatch when needed.

Possible problem: magnetic strips may not be strong enough to hold plywood up. If this is the case, I would use those super magnets, and then fill in the space between magnets with self-stick strip insulation like you would put on a door frame.

Other problem: storage. I would have to have a place to store large, yet flat objects. But then again, I plan on making screens for all my windows using a similar technique, so I will just have to dedicate one of my storage areas to screen storage.
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:04 AM   #5
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I just made screens for the windows. I had 5/8's plywood hanging around so I made some 1" frames with gussets in the corners. Got screen material and hot glued them to the front. I put them in whatever windows I want. Magnets wont work, can almost guarantee that.
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Curvature of the ceiling may also be a problem with my design idea. I suppose I could just build up the gap with the insulation strips, but if the curve is an issue I would definitely use the super magnets rather than the magnetic strips because of the limited contact with the metal. I don't have any direct experience with the super magnets, but from demonstrations I've seen online I think there is a good chance they would hold the weight of the frame.

For my side windows I will not be using magnets because the window frames are aluminum and the steel pillars are going to be hidden behind wood trim. So I will make the screen frames such that they just get inserted into the framed window opening from the inside and are secured using some sort of swivel tabs.
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Here are the window screens:




I was thinking of putting screen up to this lip and maybe hold them in there with.....hmmm..bubble gum?

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What about the material they use to make the refridgerator magnets? do we think it would hold up the screens . minus the wood?
there I go thunking again....
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Using my idea its all plastic. We have used a bunch of magnets, for hanging curtains and such.
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