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I hate you mosquitoes – Part II

Finally we have a completed screened in front porch!!! It’s so great to have it finished, working great, and looking good too. In my first post about this DIY project “I Hate You Mosquitos Part I” I showed you the way I decided to install the screens. It was practically the same “technique” throughout the entire project with the exception of the door side…which was a little bit of a challenge, but definitely fun to work on and really rewarding now that it’s finished.

Porfin completamos la malla del porch!! Es genial tenerlo terminado, funcionando bien  y se ve bien tambien. En mi primer post sobre este projecto (click aqui) mostre como decidi instalar la malla. Use la misma tecnica para el resto del porch excepto la puerta…que fue un desafio dificil, pero entretenido y muy gratificante una vez completado.

Since I was not using a screen kit and I was doing everything myself, I did not want to buy a crappy screen door at the store. I wanted to show my craftsmanship and get a big headache making a perfectly squared door and frame it correctly. So here is the story of how I finished the porch by installing my own door! After a few drawings, lots of thinking, and researching materials I came up with my door.

Como no use un kit con los marcos hechos e hize todo yo, no queria comprar una puerta de mala calidad en la tienda. Queria mostrar mi talento en carpinteria y tambien adquirir un dolor de cabeza construyendo una puerta con los angulos perfectos e instalandola correctamente. Asi que aqui va la historia de como termine el porch instalando mi propia puerta! Despues de unos dibujos, un buen rato pensando, e investigando materiales construi mi puerta.

Materials for the door?

  • 5 boards – 4 inches wide and 10 feet tall
  • 1 ¼ screws
  • 20 hex bolts / nuts
  • 40 washers
  • Door hardware
  • Patience

Materiales para la puerta?

  • 5 tablas  – 4 pulgadas por 10 pies
  • tornilos de 1 1/4
  • 20 pernos y tuercas
  • 40 arandelas
  • visagras, y perillas
  • Paciencia

I needed a type of wood that would resist rotting and wouldn’t warp easily. I decided to use Cedar, it has the characteristics I needed and it’s not too expensive. I made two frames, installed the screen in the inside of one and cover the staples with the other frame. I attached them using hex bolts and installed hardware.

Necesitaba un tipo de madera que no se pudriera rapido y que no se doblaria con la humedad. Decidi usar Cedro, tiene las caracteristicas que necesitaba y no es tan cara. Hice dos marcos, instale la mallaen el interior de uno y cubri los corchetes con el otro marco. Los uni usando los pernos y luego instale lasperillas y visagras.

The frames were not identical; instead I made them so the joints would be staggered and the door would be stronger – You can get an idea from my small drawing, one frame has 5 pieces and the other one has 8. To make all the joints I used my Kreg Jig (best tool ever!) and to make the cuts I used a miter saw. The Kreg Jig saves you time, because you dont need wood glue and creates a super strong joint.

Los marcos no son identicos; los hice para que las uniones se sobrepusieran y asi la puerta sea mas firme – puedes tener una idea de mi diseno en mi dibujo, un marco tiene 5 piezas y el otro tiene 8. Para hacer las uniones, use una herramienta llamada Kreg Jig (muy util!) y para hacer los cortes use una sierra que me permite cortar angulos. La Kreg Jig te salva mucho tiempo porque no necesitas usar pegamento en las uniones y como usa tornillos queda muy muy firme.

After making the outside frame I installed the screen, and later once both frames were done I attached them together with the hex bolts. I was really happy to find a hardware kit for outside screen and storm doors at the store, it was about $12 and had inside and outside handles, 3 self closing hinges, and a little hook to lock the door from the inside. Great stuff!

Luego de construir el marco que iria al exterior, installe la malla y uni los marcos con los pernos. Me puso contento encontrar todo lo que necesitaba para colgar la puerta en la tienda. Manillas, visagras que se cierran solas y un ganchito para sujetar por $12 dolares. Muy buena compra!

Installing the door was super tricky. At one point I thought I totally messed up the door and it wasn’t square. But I found out the problem was our porch….one side of it was not really leveled making the door look weird. But after a few measurements and actually cutting ¼ of an inch from the top of the door I was able to install the self-closing hinges and get it working perfectly. A little trim on the side to create a stopper and a header on top made if perfect, and now the porch is finished and ready to host us and keep the bugs out!! It was fun to make and it really improves our house. Leslie and the dogs love it….she will write about the new space in a different post, so stay tuned!

Instalar la puerta fue super dificil. En un principio pense que la habia embarrado construyendo la puerta y que no me habia quedado recta. Pero luego me di cuenta que el problema era el porch…un lado no estaba nivelado y eso hacia la puerta verse extrana. Pero luego de tomar las medidas necesarias y cortar 1/4 de pulgada de la parte de arriba de la puerta, pude instalarla correctamente y funciona a la perfeccion. Una pieza de madera al tope y a los lados y listo. El porch esta listo para que lo usemos nosotros y no los bichos!!! Fue entretenido trabajar en este projecto y le agrega valor a la casa. A Leslie y los cachorros les encanta….asi que pronto ella escribira un post sobre como usamos el nuevo espacio, asi que esten atentos!

If you have any questions about this project (materials, tools, stores, supplies, etc..) please write them in the comment box. I would be happy to share more details with you.

Si tienes alguna pregunta sobre el proyecto (materiales, herramientas, tiendas, articulos que use, etc..) por favor escribela en un comentario y yo felizmente compartire mas detalles contigo.

6 thoughts on “I hate you mosquitoes – Part II Leave a comment

  1. Really great job Javi. I like the piece you put at the top of the door. Looks really good. And the door is great. Nicely done. This room will be great for sitting outside, even in a nice rain. Can’t wait to hang out on the porch.

  2. Thanks John! Yeah the top piece helps to cover the gap created by the unleveled porch, frame the door, and as a stopper. Now with all the rain and humidity I have to wait to see how much the wood expands to then, maybe, sand down some edges to make sure it opens and closes smoothly. i did leave a small gap in case of bloating but I am not sure if it will be enough.

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