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Security screen front door with a 3" horizontal gap


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10-28-12, 03:35 PM   #1  
Security screen front door with a 3" horizontal gap

Hello all. First post. Looking to install a security screen on my front door. I've checked out a few of my neighbor's security screen doors and they all have a 3" horizontal gap between the bottom of the screen door and the bottom sill of the front door. This leaves a rather large opening for bugs, etc. which my neighbors have filled with pillows/towels rather than fix the problem. I've been searching for an extension of some kind that I can install so that a proper seal will be achieved once a security screen door is in place.

What do I need to do to install a security screen on my front door with a 3" horizontal gap?


key words: front, security, screen, door, sill, jamb, threshold, extension, installation

 
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10-28-12, 04:54 PM   #2  
You need a sill extension. Might be able to get one that you could attach to the existing sill.

When I moved here there was a formed/modified extension screwed into the original sill. I removed the security door...so never explored a replacement.

Your pics look just like I have now.


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10-28-12, 04:58 PM   #3  
Hi,
I have repaired a problem like that. I cut a 2x4 to 3 inches then spaned the outside of the jambs creating a form the correct hieght then filled the void with Rapid Set stucco. When set, remove the 2x3. Done. Make sure the 2X4 is cut to the correct hieght for your application.
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10-28-12, 05:48 PM   #4  
Yeah, there should have been a sill extension applied to the one you have. As Vic says, they just fit into the groove in front, lift slightly and snap it in place. HOWEVER, you'll have to go one step further and do what Woodbutcher said and build a support element for the bottom side of the extruded extension.

 
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10-28-12, 10:38 PM   #5  
Thanks for all of the replies! Any recommendations for sill extensions or further write ups on the support? I was also toying with the idea of dropping the bottom of the door down to the ground level by installing a "door sweep." That would still leave open ends that would have to be blocked off, but seems less involved than a sill extension in combination with a support. What are your thoughts? Pros/Cons? Thanks again.

 
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10-29-12, 02:54 AM   #6  
The long sweep will eventually die due to feet hitting it, etc, because it will be so long and filmsy. You can experiment, but I don't think it will work well.

 
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05-10-14, 01:21 PM   #7  
security screen door gap

i had a gap at the bottom of my screen door. i set forms and filled it with spec mix. there were cracks in the spec mix right away. i filled the cracks with caulking and painted the spec mix the same color as the trim around the door. so far so good but i wont be surprised if it cracks.

 
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