Swapping a bedroom door for a screen door


Old 11-14-13, 08:06 PM
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Swapping a bedroom door for a screen door

Hello! After much searching, this appears to be the forum for me for the foreseeable future!

I am looking to replace an inside bedroom door with a screen door. The reasoning behind this is I'm turning the room into an Aviary (Of which I will surely be asking questions elsewhere here about whether my plan for it is sufficient). Anywho, the reasoning is that I need to keep my kitties out of there, while still permitting the room to ventilate through the house to prevent humidity from building and the whole thing molding and mildewing up.

The original door is just a solid wood 80 x 30 (Measured to be 29 5/8 specifically) inches. I assumed this would be a simple project. Take old door down. Leave hinges. Get new wood at least 4 inches wide on the edges, keep the same hinges, same door opening mechanism, put metal screen inside with trim to prevent any sharp edges from sticking out and go.

The few people I know around these parts say this is a bad idea. I am not a carpenter by any means. What would be the best way to approach this situation?
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Old 11-14-13, 08:38 PM
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Why not a ready made vinyl or wood screen door? Example: Vinyl Screen Door Victoria 30x80" - Amazon.com Note having worked in Milworks at HD I'd recomend the vinyl. Their wood screen doors are too flimsy. A lumber yard might have one like the old heavy duity screen doors.
Old 11-14-13, 09:36 PM
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Yep, that's what was suggested to me, and I suppose I will go with that. Thanks!

I was just a bit sticker shocked at the prices. I thought putting in a screen door wouldn't be a 150$ project, but any decent looking and well made one seems to float right around that price. Oh well, you get what you pay for. Thanks again!

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