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Old 06-11-2014, 09:23 AM   #15
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I have very small dogs so I took the bottom screen guard off and moved the small top one to the bottom. It totally works!
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:26 AM   #16
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***"Fair warning - you take a chance of cracking the acrylic sheet on the table saw and/or band saw since it is brittle by nature. I have learned this the hard way many times over the years."***

Are there any tricks to cutting to avoid cracks? Tape on the cut line, perhaps?
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:59 PM   #17
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Got motivated

Have been wanting to do this to the screen door for over 3 years and this thread finally motivated me to get it done. Did it today following the recommended supplies and was the simplest and least expensive alteration yet. I took our screens off and removed the grills and was amazed on how it opened up the view. We are leaving on a 3 month trip so will bring the grills with us in case my wife wants them back up but without them, it really brings the outside inside. Great thread with instructions worth following.
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:00 AM   #18
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***"Fair warning - you take a chance of cracking the acrylic sheet on the table saw and/or band saw since it is brittle by nature. I have learned this the hard way many times over the years."***

Are there any tricks to cutting to avoid cracks? Tape on the cut line, perhaps?
I just use a fine toothed carbide tipped cabinet grade blade and go slow. Tape is a good idea too.
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Hadn't ever thought of this. A nice idea!
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Old 06-12-2015, 05:44 PM   #20
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Since this thread has be resurrected. I will put in my 2 cents

I always liked the open door idea. With the weather, heat and cold not practical to have the screen all the time, SO. I saw the plexi installed by another member of our Suncoast Unit in FL. What he did is a very professional way to do it. Obviously cut the plexiglass to fit the 2 panels where the screens are and use fasteners to hold the in place. The fasteners are held in by machine screws screwed into Rivnuts. What is a Rivnut, you ask?? Well it is like a rivet with the center of it being a female thread. It is installed similar to the way a rivet is installed but with a different tool that attaches to thread to squeeze. The screw at this point holds the fastener turn tab to hold the Plexi in place. I will attempt at a future date to post some pictures. BTW the tool is available at Harbor Frieght and it comes with several sized Rivnuts. What is nice about the Rivnuts is you can remove the screws and all there is is a fmale thread insert in the frame of the door, very neat looking.
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