Originally Posted by Wanderer
Anyone else feel need to have a lock on the screen door? Many times we like to have the main door open like in evenings or early mornings but seems somewhat insecure.
"Ten Minute Tech" in Trailer Life Magazine: A subscriber used a window sash lock (one part on the door frame the other on the frame of the door sideways), it wouldn't work on our trailer because the door frame was too narrow as was the frame of the door to secure the sash lock.
I will try to explain what I did. I made two bar locks which consisted of two pieces of flat metal, two open bent clips and a few screws. I screwed one bar into the door frame above the sliding plastic (to get to the door handle) and one underneath the sliding plastic. Both bars were screwed loose enough so the bars could rotate up or down, up to open the door down to "lock" the door. The bent clips were screwed into the trailer door frame (open end up) level with the bars on the door so the bars "dropped" into the clips to bar the door from opening (like the pioneers used to "lock" the cabin door). I also cut a flat piece of metal that fit in the horizontal screen door channel that fit between the rear vertical screen door frame and the closed sliding plastic piece, which prevented the sliding plastic from being opened. Two bars gives a bit more strength to the "lock". If someone really wanted in they would get the door open, but it would stop someone from just opening the door and give you time to react. I used this on a prior trailer that had no windows, just the bedroom door. Another project for the Cardinal.