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Old 07-28-2015, 07:35 AM   #1
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Screen door protection

I'm trying to come up with a solution to protect my son and my new screen door. I think I've settled on putting in a piece of plexiglass over the bottom of the door but i was wondering if anyone has ever had any experience with drilling holes in the plexiglass to increase ventilation?
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Old 07-28-2015, 07:40 AM   #2
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Unique Home Designs 30 in. x 30 in. White Steel Pet Grille-ISPA800030WHT - The Home Depot

I did a steel pet grill for the screen door, cut it to width and had to go with short screws/bolts. Next step is to find a back up latch, Wife's concerned about our child pushing the screen door open and falling out of the camper.
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Old 07-28-2015, 07:54 AM   #3
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You could get an aluminum screen like this one. You can leave plain aluminum or paint to match your door.
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Old 07-28-2015, 07:59 AM   #4
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I did the plexiglass on the bottom half of my door and I really like it. My dog is obsessed with squirrels and sits at the door and hunts for them. It was just a matter of time before a claw went through. I debated cutting some holes for the same reason but decided not to, and find that I don't need them. The plexiglass is completely invisible and you would never know it was there from looking at it. Holes would have given it away.
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Old 07-28-2015, 08:08 AM   #5
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They make an adjustable protector just for RV screen doors.
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Old 07-28-2015, 08:16 AM   #6
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This plexiglass mod I did was no drilling or screwing into the frame - it just sits in that factory gap inside the screen. It can be taken out any time and the door is good as new. Plus it was under $20.
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I mounted a Camco screen protector/grill to the door first and then bought a piece of Plexiglas to install to the grill using Velcro so it could be removed. If dogs were staying with us, then I would install the Plexiglas. Otherwise, the screen protector/grill works just fine.
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Old 07-30-2015, 06:46 AM   #8
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Thanks for all of the ideas. I think I am going to try a piece of plexiglass as I really don't like the look of the screen protectors or metal mesh that I have found in parts catalogs. We go away next week for 9 days so hopefully I'll make a plan before that.
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Another positive with the plexiglass is if you use them on the top and bottom, you can leave your door open without losing too much heat/cold. I cut some pieces to fit mine so I can leave the solid door open during the summer with the AC on.
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This plexiglass mod I did was no drilling or screwing into the frame - it just sits in that factory gap inside the screen. It can be taken out any time and the door is good as new. Plus it was under $20.
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Got the plexiglass at Home Depot. SWMBO trimmed it slightly. Sits right in track on screen door. No holes!

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