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Old 07-09-2009, 05:26 PM   #1
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Want alternatives to plastic slider

I am looking for anyones ideas and or creative alternatives to the ugly plastic bug slider on the screen door. I am open to using any other type materials, metal would be nice, maybe aluminum, or stainless.

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Old 07-09-2009, 05:39 PM   #2
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are you talking about the slider on the screen door? Not sure what you mean...
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Old 07-09-2009, 05:44 PM   #3
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Jason,

I see you're back from your trip. Did you get both axles done? I didn't even think to try the door when we were at Inland to look inside. Of course without your prior approval I wouldn't have ventured to try to be respectful of your property.

Yes, the screen door. Sorry I forgot to specify, I've just edited the original post.

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Mary,

I thought you were going to use the aluminum piece, or one like it you had on the 4th.

I'm not sure where they sell the alumminum ones, but I would try an aluminum supply company. Not much help, huh!

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I just finished mine tonight and although I am happy with the technique, I wish I would have had access to some better tools. I'm leaving for a trip soon but will probably re-do it with some improved techniques when I return.

I bought a piece of 6"x12" aluminum sheet stock and cut it to 6" x 7" after scoring with an x-acto blade and tin snips. I tried to grind the edges to remove the sharp edge - but wasn't very sucessful. Then I tried to score the edge again and bend it over on itself. That wasn't working well. So, I just wrapped some aluminum tape to the new cut edges. Then I riveted on two, low profile marine stainless handles back to back, sandwiching the aluminum panel between them. I placed a washer on one side so the rivet didn't pull through the other side/handle. Then I worked the new panel into place. It slides nice in the groove and, IMO, is an improvement to the plastic - especially since mine tended to get pulled out and was starting to crack where it rests in the sliding groove.

Project took about 3 hours of considering the design (and purchasing handles that were not low profile enough, finger pulls that were not deep enough, hinges and then returning those parts to find the low profile handles which wouldn't contact the exterior door when latched together with the screen door). Cost was about $8 and took about 30 minutes to build. Here's some pics - hope they at least give you an idea of one other way to approach it....

I also added the little sliding latch below to prevent my dogs from pushing the door open. Now I need to fit a pet guard on the screen so they just don't push the screen out! Pet-proofing never ends!
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Laura,

That looks really good! Did you have to bend the aluminum slightly to get it in the track? I tried making one by cutting a piece of sheet aluminum, but after getting it to go up in the track then clear the bottom to drop in it was not tall enough to stay in the track without pulling out on the top edge. Maybe I did something wrong. I'll have to try it again, but I'll wait to see what other creative ideas might get posted first.

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Yes, I had to "flex" the aluminum quie a bit to get it in the track. The handle made it more difficult to flex than without - but after a few tries and some encouraging words - it finally snapped into place. Good luck. I have these pictures in my file for inspiration (I got them from this site but can't remember who posted them --- and now, of course, I can't find the post again either).

I really liked their idea of hinging the door but I didn't have time to try that --- nor could I find a hinge of the right size (and don't have a way to cut a longer hinge right now).
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Laura,
Good work on the sliding door. My 73 has a factory hinged door. I think I would prefer the sliding door as the hinged door pops open and closed every time the door is opened.
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Laura,
Good work on the sliding door. My 73 has a factory hinged door. I think I would prefer the sliding door as the hinged door pops open and closed every time the door is opened.
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Can you post some pics of your hinged door? Would love to see it.

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Yes, I had to "flex" the aluminum quie a bit to get it in the track. The handle made it more difficult to flex than without - but after a few tries and some encouraging words - it finally snapped into place. Good luck. I have these pictures in my file for inspiration (I got them from this site but can't remember who posted them --- and now, of course, I can't find the post again either).

I really liked their idea of hinging the door but I didn't have time to try that --- nor could I find a hinge of the right size (and don't have a way to cut a longer hinge right now).

Thanks for the photos. Too bad you can't remember who's they are .

Have a great trip!

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Mary,

Of course, you could just get a new plastic one (several vendors sell them) and spray paint it any colour you want. I wish they would make a clear version of that slider.

I like the look of the metal one, the slider version looks more "Airstreamish" to me. I hope the hinge on the other one is made of aluminum...
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Of course, you could just get a new plastic one (several vendors sell them) and spray paint it any colour you want. I wish they would make a clear version of that slider.

I like the look of the metal one, the slider version looks more "Airstreamish" to me. I hope the hinge on the other one is made of aluminum...
Painting the plastic type is an idea, but I really don't care for the "look" of the plastic one. As you said, it doesn't really look very airstreamish. I'm really wanting a good alternative in metal (aluminum preferably).

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Mary,
Sorry for the delay. Here are for pics for you.
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I just finished mine tonight and although I am happy with the technique, I wish I would have had access to some better tools. I'm leaving for a trip soon but will probably re-do it with some improved techniques when I return.

I bought a piece of 6"x12" aluminum sheet stock and cut it to 6" x 7" after scoring with an x-acto blade and tin snips. I tried to grind the edges to remove the sharp edge - but wasn't very sucessful. Then I tried to score the edge again and bend it over on itself. That wasn't working well. So, I just wrapped some aluminum tape to the new cut edges. Then I riveted on two, low profile marine stainless handles back to back, sandwiching the aluminum panel between them. I placed a washer on one side so the rivet didn't pull through the other side/handle. Then I worked the new panel into place. It slides nice in the groove and, IMO, is an improvement to the plastic - especially since mine tended to get pulled out and was starting to crack where it rests in the sliding groove.

Project took about 3 hours of considering the design (and purchasing handles that were not low profile enough, finger pulls that were not deep enough, hinges and then returning those parts to find the low profile handles which wouldn't contact the exterior door when latched together with the screen door). Cost was about $8 and took about 30 minutes to build. Here's some pics - hope they at least give you an idea of one other way to approach it....

I also added the little sliding latch below to prevent my dogs from pushing the door open. Now I need to fit a pet guard on the screen so they just don't push the screen out! Pet-proofing never ends!
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Laura,

How's your new slider working out? Any pros/cons? We still need to make a new one and are trying to decide on a slider or a hinged one.

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