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Old 08-29-2013, 07:50 AM   #11
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A fine toothed plywood blade mounted backwards in my table saw works great for straight cuts. I've used a utility knife backwards to score and cut smaller sections. Scoring works much like a glass cutter.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:46 AM   #12
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Do you think I can use good sized drill bits to make holes in the plexiglass panel to let the air flow in.....I will only be using the panel to keep doggie from the screening.?
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:01 AM   #13
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Do you think I can use good sized drill bits to make holes in the plexiglass panel to let the air flow in.....I will only be using the panel to keep doggie from the screening.?
My inlaws built a water filtration system for their ponds by doing something similar with sheets of thick plastic. He used a drill press for it and drilled a grid of 1" holes to let water to flow through. The drill press gave him more control to get everything lined up nicely (he can be "particular" ).

Same idea for the acrylic and door.

The two biggest challenges are:
1) go slow to keep heat down - I imagine this stuff melts pretty easily
2) getting them aligned so that it's "pretty" was a challenge
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:33 AM   #14
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Do you think I can use good sized drill bits to make holes in the plexiglass panel to let the air flow in.....I will only be using the panel to keep doggie from the screening.?
You can buy adjustable screen guards that fit over your screen to keep little hands and pets from breaking the screen.
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You can buy adjustable screen guards that fit over your screen to keep little hands and pets from breaking the screen.
We looked at them- both the ones at the RV store and options from Home Depot. The one at the RV store wasn't "pretty enough" for the wife. And the Home Depot ones were too big.
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I know this takes all the fun out of it for some of you guys, but Lowe's will sell you the plexiglas and cut it to your specified size for free. They had several thicknesses to choose from when we did it.
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i originally put a piece of lattice over the screen,but i didn't like the look of it. instead of plexiglas,i used pet proof screening on our rv entry door. only tool i needed was a screen roller. i used this screening on our patio door at home. so far our 3 westies have not been able to damage it at all !
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:55 PM   #18
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i originally put a piece of lattice over the screen,but i didn't like the look of it. instead of plexiglas,i used pet proof screening on our rv entry door. only tool i needed was a screen roller. i used this screening on our patio door at home. so far our 3 westies have not been able to damage it at all !
I used the 'pet resistant' screening and my little 'bullheaded' Chiweinie was able to tear it out, that is why I need the plexiglas.
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My inlaws built a water filtration system for their ponds by doing something similar with sheets of thick plastic. He used a drill press for it and drilled a grid of 1" holes to let water to flow through. The drill press gave him more control to get everything lined up nicely (he can be "particular" ).

Same idea for the acrylic and door.

The two biggest challenges are:
1) go slow to keep heat down - I imagine this stuff melts pretty easily
2) getting them aligned so that it's "pretty" was a challenge
Thanks for the hints....I wouldn't have thought about it melting.
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This stopped the grandkid from pushing the screen out of my Cardinal.

The white plastic is a flourscent light defuser.


Aluminum angle is in opening and held in place with 3 screws upward into door frame. Defuser is cut to fit opening and slid up behind angle.


Bottom piece of aluminum is held in place with stainless screws and cap nuts.
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