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Old 07-31-2017, 05:12 PM   #1
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Screen door plastic slide security

We have a cat that's traveling with us and has figured out how to slide the plastic cover on the screen door over to escape. Fortunately she hasn't ventured far nor taught the other 2 cats how she did it (yet). Question is has anyone found or devised a spring type solution (or anything else) to keep that plastic slide in place where it would take some force to open it to get to the door latch?

And I've read that plastic slide is called a "gizzy". Is that true?

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Put a rivet with a short spacer at the closed end of the slide track in the frame. Put another in the sliding door with a spacer at about center. Stretch a rubber band around them and it will automatically close the slide. I can take a picture in the daylight tomorrow. Learned this trick at a rallly.
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Put a rivet with a short spacer at the closed end of the slide track in the frame. Put another in the sliding door with a spacer at about center. Stretch a rubber band around them and it will automatically close the slide. I can take a picture in the daylight tomorrow. Learned this trick at a rallly.


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I made the spacer out of brass tubing but you could get a plastic one from the hardware store out of the small parts boxes by the specialty nuts and bolts. I put a small washer on slide one then set the pop rivet
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Slick idea. Making a copy....(stealing it gratefully). Kudos to the person at the rally!
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I think the "gizzy" is the little caterpillar looking part on the door frame to cover where the door frame is notched out to go around the striker bolt thingy.
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:24 PM   #7
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We have two cats i put one rivet centerd in the metal be for the hatch . It works for us
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Standing inside, see the bottom groove (track) where the plastic door slides? Get a piece of 'all thread' which will lay in the groove, not fall out or fall into the track. Place inside and gently close the door so it doesn't fall out.. think of it as the kind of "screen door lock" where you drop in a wood stick to stop door from sliding..

if you don't have a blind rivet tool, a screw for the rubber band would do the trick...
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