Monday, 29 September 2014

Fixing the fly screen door

There really isn't much point even having a fly screen door at the moment. It is not as if it is stopping any bugs from getting in through all the many, many other holes in the walls like this:
 and this:

We bought the timber flyscreen door some years ago now, from ebay. It was green, but a different green to the green on our current door. It was never so odd though that we saw an urgency to change it.

Before (A similar green but as you can see the green colour on the panel next to it, quite different too)

Also it had many holes and the netting was quite loose.

So I bought some new flyscreen from Bunnings. This is what I needed, just the right size to do one door. It was about $7.

 I removed the door from it's hinges and pried apart the beading from the back of it.
I had to remove the nails and then take the old screen off.
Then I gave it all a sand to clean it up and make sure the new paint would stick.
Then it was time to paint. It needed 3 coats.
I had my helper Sam again

I had to paint all the beading too.
Once that all dried it was time to unroll the new screen and tack it onto the door.

All tacked on

Then trim the excess so it doesn't show under the beading
Then replace the old beading. This was tricky as the small nails I used kept bending, but I got there eventually.
Action shot. Ha ha ha
Then I just had to re-hang it and all done-ski.
Still wearing my work clothes. Who has time to get changed?
And here is the newly painted and screened door in action.
All pretty again

No more dusty screen and no more leaves stuck behind it.
So far it is doing a great job of keeping the flies from getting in the front door. Barvo! If only the rest of the house wasn't full of holes we'd be laughing.

Cheers,
Nat

7 comments:

  1. For these types of jobs, i'd highly recommend the Ryobi Framing Gun. Cheap, easy to use, and no replacements like the Plaslode's have (gas).

    Been following your blog for a while, you guys are an awesome inspiration. Love the progress and work you've done.

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    1. Hi there. Thanks for leaving a comment :)

      Hubby has a framing gun (it's a paslode so yep a pain to replace the gas) but I am to chicken to use it. He he he

      Cheers,
      Nat

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  2. Now that is a pretty screen door and much better now that no bugs can get in!
    Just found your blog and now following along .... high five from a fellow Aussie renovator!!

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    1. Hi Michelle. I was happy to find your blog because I could find many good DIY renovating blogs in Australia. Now I can get some inspiration from you guys too :)
      Cheers,
      Nat

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  3. Hi Natalie! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. So sweet of you to comment.

    I just recently replaced the screen on our sliding doors. It was such a pain though. I purchased a heavier material for pets and it was so hard to get the plastic cording around the edges. You're so lucky to have the wood frame. Take care and thank you again for commenting on my linen cabinet.

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    1. Hi Brandi. Your blog is terrific and thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog too :) I'm now following/stalking you on Bloglovin'

      Cheers,
      Nat
      xx

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  4. Beautifully done the work by you. Great Job Natalie.....
    Fly Screens
    Plantation Shutters

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