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Standard fiberglass window/door screening 5 20.83%
"No see-um" 20x20 window screening (much finer mesh than standard) 14 58.33%
Tent screening material (very fine and tears easily) 2 8.33%
Mosquito net (as in, buy a Coughlin mosquito net and cut it up) 2 8.33%
Other (specify) 1 4.17%
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:33 PM   #1
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Homemade "Skreenz"

Since I have wind/rain vents on my front windows, I can't use the standard Skreenz, so it's time to make my own pseudo-skreenz.

I have four choices for material:
  • standard fiberglass window/door screening[/*:m:11ub2udd]
  • "no see-um" 20x20 window screening (much finer mesh than standard)[/*:m:11ub2udd]
  • tent screening material (very fine and tears easily)[/*:m:11ub2udd]
  • mosquito net (as in, buy a Coughlin mosquito net and cut it up)[/*:m:11ub2udd]

Any opinions on which I should use?

Thanks!
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:44 PM   #2
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Re: Homemade "Skreenz"

I would either go with nylon standard screen or the no-seeum mesh...
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:42 PM   #3
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Re: Homemade "Skreenz"

Made you a poll.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:57 PM   #4
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Re: Homemade "Skreenz"

I have window/rain vents ('03 Dodge) too; I went with these http://www.theskeeterbeater.com/products.html
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:21 AM   #5
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Re: Homemade "Skreenz"

We made the screens for our front door windows out of "cat proof" screening. Not as small as "no see um" style screening but the stuff is tough.
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:57 PM   #6
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Re: Homemade "Skreenz"

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Made you a poll.
Thanks, Jage!

Of course, now I have to worry about polling metrics and sample size and margins of error in the results...

As an update: I grabbed some of the standard screening today (it's the cheapest alternative) and made up a set of Pseudo-skreenz. I reckon that these will do double duty:
  • might keep the bugs out in the coming month as I head to NC, WV and NJ[/*:mfwdnc49]
  • should serve as a pattern if I need to make a new set from a more appropriate fabric.[/*:mfwdnc49]

The hardest part is getting a good fit around the mirrors. I've made a stretch-fabric gusset secured with velcro, which works well, but will not be easy to dry if there is a good rain. Magnets along the bottom compensate for the non-stretchy mesh fabric.

Test trip begins on Monday.
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:31 AM   #7
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Re: Homemade "Skreenz"

Based on Langton's post, I just bought the skeeterbeater screens. They look great and fit right on. Lots of magnets and fit tight on the front door windows. Fold up into a small (included) pouch. Heck of a deal for way less then half the price of the Skreenz.
I'm super happy. Thanks Langton.
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Re: Homemade "Skreenz"

UPDATE :

Just finished four weeks in the mid-Atlantic and southern states with home-made screens from standard window screen material, sewed in a "pseudo-skreenz" configuration.

Worked very well, even in Mississippi!
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Re: Homemade "Skreenz"

Do you plan to become a vendor or Hobbyist?
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Do you plan to become a vendor or Hobbyist?
Heaven forbid! I still have way to much to do on my homebrew -- the punchlist is a mile long. And I haven't figured out how I want to make and attach the side door screens yet!

I'll get photos this weekend and post, so others can try their hand at sewing up a set.
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