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Old 06-07-2007, 03:22 PM   #1
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Pop Up Screen Room.... Good or Dud?

I'm a mosquito magnet. If you don't want to get bitten, invite me over and all of the mosquitoes in the world will focus on me. So....

I've considered getting the very expensive Screen Room option for my awning, but everyone I've talked to says they're a PIA to put up and take down, and I've looked at various steel framed freestanding ones, but they look time consuming to put together and take down, too. The pop up ones look super easy but every one says they are easy to take down with TWO people and I'm single.

I have laundry bags made with the same principal except much smaller and using plastic reinforcers for the sides rather than steel coils. Does anyone here have experience with one of these and have you figured how to put them away with just one person? My half-ass plan is to fold flat, then do the big twist move by using a wood vice clamped on a picnic table or A/S step to hold the end farthest from me still while I twist the frame and slip the cover on.

I'd like to order one soon to take to the Rivettes Summer Solstice - cause my perfume and "Off" don't make a happy combo.


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Old 06-07-2007, 03:41 PM   #2
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Here's two I like. They go up much like a dome tent which is not difficult. Once the poles are in the sleeve you can carry it wherever and then stake down. Wind will not reak havoc on it and it is very light and goes in a very small bag. Also a less pricey one from WalMart. I have been considering them for the yard and for camping. I hear you about the mosquitos and we could also use some shade, feeling of place and a bit less wind. May I sit in your screen house at the rally?

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Old 06-07-2007, 04:26 PM   #3
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Personally, I'd rather give this clothing line a try than to be relegated to a tent...

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Old 06-07-2007, 04:48 PM   #4
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Bag the perfume (I know heresy) - go with Avon Skin so Soft applied liberally. Or just rub down in white vinegar - odor goes away in a couple minutes - no more skeeters and very inexpensive.
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Old 06-07-2007, 05:20 PM   #5
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I agree about skin so soft, it is terrific. But even if the bugs don't bite they swarm and bounce off your head it can be quite annoying. We had to buy head nets for comfort from black flies in the UP in Michigan. Nice weather but had to keep moving. They really pester the dogs too. Lots of rallies put up tents for protection or is it to shield what goes on at happy hour stays at happy hour?

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Old 06-07-2007, 05:29 PM   #6
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Bug Shirt

This shirt is effective. Used in the Adirondacks by hikers and canoeists: The ORIGINAL Bug Shirt - protection from biting insects without repellents since 1991

I got one at Canoecopia in Madison, WI this spring. It's light weight and breezy.

I would use this AND a screen house.


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