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Old 05-10-2019, 03:02 PM   #1
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Any recommendations for window screens? My husband is against mounting them to exterior.... I'd like them to be removable and easily stored and without attaching Velcro around windows. I'm asking miracles I know! Lol
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Old 05-10-2019, 03:20 PM   #2
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We made our screens and mounted them to the outside of the windows. We even made a video describing the process! I would say they're removable as they're held in by 2 screws but you have to go outside to remove them.

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Old 05-10-2019, 03:31 PM   #3
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Thank you brokedown. I watched the video. I couldn't see the kind if brackets you used... Have you ever had then fall off while driving? That is my husband's high concern with mounting outside
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Old 05-10-2019, 03:42 PM   #4
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I might suggest using the kit in the video, cutting the plastic sides a fraction long, so that you have to bend the screen frame slightly to fit it in the window opening - once the screen is in place and you allow the plastic to straighten, you'd have a pressure fit on your interior window frames - no screws or step ladders needed
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Old 05-10-2019, 03:51 PM   #5
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We used metal mending braces to hold them in. Put a slight bend on them so they compress inwards and mount to the side of the bus with a screw.

Something like these: https://www.lowes.com/pd/National-Ha...ace/1000144553
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Old 05-10-2019, 04:07 PM   #6
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We used metal mending braces to hold them in. Put a slight bend on them so they compress inwards and mount to the side of the bus with a screw.

Something like these: https://www.lowes.com/pd/National-Ha...ace/1000144553
those little bent springs used in some picture frames might also work

https://www.americanframe.com/produc...lip-f9100.aspx


or this is even better

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Old 05-10-2019, 04:09 PM   #7
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Magnets. Use them outside, or inside if your walls are still ferrous. however, I was told that idea sucks by another here. I love it, wouldn't go any other way. No holes to drill, only to regret in 10 years when things change or get remodeled, or glue from sticky tape left from velcro that always clogs with hair and lint and needs cleaning from time-to-time. I use the same magnets to hang curtains.
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Old 05-10-2019, 04:22 PM   #8
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I'd love to use magnets but my window frames are aluminum.
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Old 05-10-2019, 05:47 PM   #9
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Yeah, I think most all stock bus windows are aluminum framed.
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I'd love to use magnets but my window frames are aluminum.
However (and this where having an accurately completed profile comes in handy to those who are trying to help you), unless you are the rare, unfortunate owner of a cardboard bus, then the structural ribs vertically separating one window from the next is some seriously strong stainless steel.
(As an English teacher, you will undoubtedly assure me I ought avoid alliteration always, in all ways, and at all times)
I had some thickish magnetic tape (don't buy the thin mag tape. Useless for this application...) and screening material already, so I cut the screen larger than the opening.
I then measured the tape so a gap would be left for the window retainers, and affixed the screen to the adhesive side. Finishing it by stapling thru the tape, so the staple prongs could catch the mesh.
Et, Voila!
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Old 05-10-2019, 06:52 PM   #10
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you can also get the plastic tabs similar to the ones used for holding mirrors to the wall - secure the tab to the window frame, insert the framed screen, and twist the tab - very easy to put up or take down the screen - easy enough a person wouldn't hesitate to take a screen down to hand someone a cup of coffee out the window
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:19 PM   #11
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I made my window screens similar to what Brokedown did - I mounted them outside and they fit snuggly. I put a small silicone seal around it - and they have stayed in for over a year and many thousands of miles.

I like that I can keep the windows open - even when it is raining. They also give a little privacy.

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Old 05-10-2019, 10:34 PM   #12
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Regarding magnets and aluminum, a workaround to hold up the bug screens was to put a large washer between the 3 screw heads and the long aluminum piece holding the windows in vertically. I have steel on top so that was no issue. I also put on some electrical tape between the washer and aluminum.
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I had some thickish magnetic tape (don't buy the thin mag tape. Useless for this application...) and screening material already, so I cut the screen larger than the opening.
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I need a source for the "thickish" magnetic tape. All the stuff I have been able to find is only strong enough to hold itself to a wall, nothing else.
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:37 AM   #14
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Bought 2 19V 3ah Li batteries for the weakening ones I bought 8-9 years ago to power my Ryobi cordless tools. Come to find that both of the NiCd battery chargers I own (110 and 12V) would only charge to 16.6V. Hardly worth that $120 battery investment.
So... yet another drive to town. Needed some more timbers for my overhead storage bays, making it not quite as irritating than if it'd been a one trick pony.
The HD is the only place hereabouts that carries the Ryobi line. The charger alone was like $80!!! Rat bastards.
For $120 more, after a $50 instant rebate, I got an entire set of tools, including that dang charger, which incidentally works a treat with the 2 out of 4 NiCds that still fuction.
Drill and circular saw still work champion, tho I can now retire my glitchy reciprocating saw with the new one! Woot-woot!
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I need a source for the "thickish" magnetic tape. All the stuff I have been able to find is only strong enough to hold itself to a wall, nothing else.
Here endeth the rant, amen.
Yeah, tried that skimpy, thin crap too. I have to use bulldog clips and yet more magnets to keep it covering the opening. That stuff might be OK at holding a piece of paper to the fridge.
If you use a pile of it...
Found this while there, so can now re-do the aforementioned abortive effort.
Five dollah cashy money, and at 3mm its actually thicker than what I used in the prevision depiction, so Happy Thoughts on getting a much improved temporary, removable window screen with it! 🤞
(To any helpful soul who wants to tell me precisely just how much moolah I might have saved by buying online- kindly don't bother! Repeatedly having to run back and forth for a fresh battery, plus all of the work stoppages when bingo batteries, made the wait for delivery impracticable for me. Thanx any way... )20190511_065659.jpeg
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Thank you. I'll look for it.
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... unless you are the rare, unfortunate owner of a cardboard bus, then the structural ribs vertically separating one window from the next is some seriously strong stainless steel.
Stainless? Which makers?
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Old 05-12-2019, 06:28 AM   #17
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You're welcome. Thank you for providing me an excuse for a useless rant about buying $250 worth of tools to acquire an $80 charger!
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Thank you. I'll look for it.
Well, hardened steel...
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Stainless? Which makers?
That was harder to make an alliterative string from.
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Old 05-12-2019, 05:40 PM   #18
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Yeah, I think most all stock bus windows are aluminum framed.However (and this where having an accurately completed profile comes in handy to those who are trying to help you), unless you are the rare, unfortunate owner of a cardboard bus, then the structural ribs vertically separating one window from the next is some seriously strong stainless steel.
(As an English teacher, you will undoubtedly assure me I ought avoid alliteration always, in all ways, and at all times)
I had some thickish magnetic tape (don't buy the thin mag tape. Useless for this application...) and screening material already, so I cut the screen larger than the opening.
I then measured the tape so a gap would be left for the window retainers, and affixed the screen to the adhesive side. Finishing it by stapling thru the tape, so the staple prongs could catch the mesh.
Et, Voila!
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Thanks for the comment and idea.
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Old 05-12-2019, 05:42 PM   #19
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I now have some ideas to mull over instead of drawing a blank! I love this skoolie community.
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