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Old 08-31-2011, 03:21 PM   #1
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My best $19 mod

The sliding panel to operate the screen door handle is a pain. I read somewhere of a "handle" that looks like a plastic lever to allow the screen door handle to be operated without sliding open the access panel, but I didn't like that idea. I googled and found this site http://www.rvscreendoorhandle.com/ which has a different concept - a real handle. I ordered a handle, and it is really nice. It took about 10 minutes to put on, and cost a grand total of $19. To install it, there's one square hole you have to make in the sliding access panel; it comes with a template to enable getting the hole in the right place. I used a Dremel tool with a little cutting bit, but you could use a drill and a file to square up the sides and corners. Here's some pictures; the first is from the inside, the second is from the outside, and the third is showing the handle in use opening the door:
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:52 PM   #2
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Great idea.
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That handle is a toilet trip lever if i ever saw one
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COOL I like it.
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That handle is a toilet trip lever if i ever saw one
So? If it works...
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:07 PM   #6
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I thought it looked like a toilet flush handle, too, and considered buying one and modifying it for the screen door. But, in order for the handle to function properly, you have to have a spring to return it to the up position to keep it out of the way of the regular screen door handle. I thought by the time I buy one toilet handle, ruin it once trying to get the right bend in the rod and have to buy another one, and working out the spring deal, I figure by buying the engineered screen door kit I'm about $5 ahead. Not to mention the two holes in the sliding panel, because the first one I put in for my home made rig would have been in the wrong place.
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:23 PM   #7
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That handle is a toilet trip lever if i ever saw one
That is EXACTLY what my grandfather would have said! Thanks for the laugh!!
I am going to buy a "hopper" handle and build it myself.....
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The sliding panel to operate the screen door handle is a pain. I read somewhere of a "handle" that looks like a plastic lever to allow the screen door handle to be operated without sliding open the access panel, but I didn't like that idea. I googled and found this site http://www.rvscreendoorhandle.com/ which has a different concept - a real handle. I ordered a handle, and it is really nice. It took about 10 minutes to put on, and cost a grand total of $19. To install it, there's one square hole you have to make in the sliding access panel; it comes with a template to enable getting the hole in the right place. I used a Dremel tool with a little cutting bit, but you could use a drill and a file to square up the sides and corners. Here's some pictures; the first is from the inside, the second is from the outside, and the third is showing the handle in use opening the door:
I have the other one but wish that i had seen this one first!
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I like the idea but does the handle interfere with the plastic slidding door not opening all the way?
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This is a good fine! I'm going to make the purchase as some have said will prevent me from attempting a DBIY (design/build it yourself) screw-up . And it has to be a good product as the manufacturer also lives in the Husker Nation!
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