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Old 02-09-2014, 10:06 PM   #1
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Bug screens

Since it is winter and camping season is a long way off, I am planning some improvements. One thing I want to add is screening to help keep wasps out of my furnace, fridge and rear bumper. I want to make them myself and was wondering what size stainless wire mesh to buy? 10 mesh looks about right but was wondering what others have used. I don't want to get too small of mesh size as I imagine it would cause the furnace to not work.

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Old 02-09-2014, 11:08 PM   #2
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We have used fiberglass and aluminum screen like you find for windows. On the wall fridge vent, sometimes I've hot glued the black fiberglass screen on the back of the vent. You don't notice it and it serves the same purpose as the store bought ones. I've always got the store bought ones for furnace and water heater since they fit so nice. On the bumper, they make caps just to keep bugs out, or you can make your own like some have on here. One spot a lot of people forget about, is the black and gray tank vents and the fridge vent on the roof. On the small black and gray tank vents, I took the cap off (One screw under some sealant), cut an aluminum screen in a circle and fit it on there, and resecured the cap with new sealant. The fridge vent had some screen, but it wasn't a very small mesh so I redid it. I never knew I needed them on the small roof vents until I had dirt dobbers trying to build a nest in the pipe and wall on our Forester. Talk about irritating hearing them and not being able to get them out.
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