Ben Lippen

Screened in porch job

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Last fall I was contracted to frame in an existing roofed over patio to turn into a screened in porch. 

 

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The frame I built into the existing structure was 8' x  8' on each side, and 24' x 14' on the gable. So approx. 350 sq. ft. to be screened in.  

I framed it in for two 3' 0" screen doors, and the rest all screen. Tapcons to secure the shoe plate, I spaced it all out as proportionally as I could so it would look good.  4 x 4's as much as I could to ease the transition from the larger existing parts, down to the 2 x 4's on the perimeter.

 

The frame was done in late November as you can see by the lack of leaves/plants.

 

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So, fast forward six months or so to late May early June, and I put a few coats of good ext. paint on all of the ACQ now that it was "dried" out. 

Then it was time for the Screen Tight system. 3 1/2" base for the 4 x 4 and larger pieces, and 1 1/2" base for the 2 x material.

More than 500 ,  1 1/2" GRK, ACQ approved cabinet screws to get all the screen base installed. I know it appears that some stuff is not painted, but that's camera and shadows and such.

 

Then came the fun part of screening. I started at the top because it was the hardest, and I wanted to get the ladders and pick down and finished with. 

Now, normal procedure with this screening system is to spline the top of the screen in, then one side and the other. Finishing at the bottom. Gravity helps you. 

I could have done that on these four triangles on the gable, but the screen mesh would have showed that I wasn't able to figure out, or too lazy to do it so the mesh was horizontal as it should be. 

 

So, working counter intuitively I splined in the bottom of each of the triangles first with the mesh draped over my head. Then I ran up the side(s), and finished with the top spline. It really was a PIA, but came out just fine.

 

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Got the gable and a good part of the big wall screened in today, and then put the nice clean white caps on the gable screens.

 

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Tomorrow, finish the screens, and hang the two solid vinyl screen doors. The homeowners wanted the doors to swing out, so instead of spring hinges I went with normal style hinges as I wont mount anything on top of the screen cap, and gave them storm door closer's . I also upgraded them to nice lever handles inside and out rather than the old style push button storm door hardware. 

Brush style sweeps, on both doors, and solid vinyl door stops complete the job.

 

Finish pictures tomorrow :)

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All done, and I'm 90% satisfied. 

It's the first time I used normal hinges on a solid vinyl screen door. Normally I use spring hinges. The difference was remarkable in how the door hangs, and the sag. The other difference of using a closer exacerbated the issue, causing tweak on the doors. I plan on going back and installing closer's on the tops of both doors, and see what happens.

Anyway,...

 

 

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Thanks everyone.

But as always it's not about look at what I did.

It's about showing what can be done DIY. 

If ya can figure the way to do it, the how comes easier.

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