Ah, Summer, when large cicadas fly in through the open window and have to be rescued from your dog, when katydids whizz in and climb the walls with their gossamer wings then pause, stilled, so all the little boys and girls can say 'ooo' and 'ahh', and then that whine at midnight, that dive bombs at your ears, does laps of your arms, poised to strike with a mosquito bite. Just as persistent are flies, drawn in by pet food, or simply blown in by the wind ...and then we have those large bush cockroaches that will also just fly right in and make themselves at home.
The cicadas and beautiful green katydids we may enjoy - but that whine from midnight to four in the morning robs us of sleep and may even cause a bad reaction to bites. The flies will quickly colonise anything left out, even if it's just that roast chicken you just pulled out of the oven and then turned away from for moments to toss the salad going with it - darn flies!
What can we do about that?
We can repair or make and install flyscreens, a project that takes just a few hours and will guarantee you years of mozzie-free and blissful sleep and no fly tracks on your fresh chicken.
Everything for building flyscreens is available at your local Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 hardware stores, which is where we bought what we needed. Some tools are needed for the job, but they are not expensive and you may already have some of them.
The tools needed are:
Hacksaw with a fine-toothed blade
Then you will need all the materials to make a flyscreen:
Handles if needed
Make sure to buy more than you need. There will be some waste. Mesh comes in a variety of widths. You will need to trim the mesh after installing it, so buy a wider width and when you cut it to length, add an extra 100mm or so - this usually comes in a roll so if you are doing a few windows because you love that salt breeze on hot humid nights, ask the friendly trained staff for some help - just turn up with your measurements and they'll be able to help you out. The aluminium frame will also produce some waste and you will have to trim the spline.
How to build your own flyscreens
Start by measuring the inside of the window or if you are replacing a damaged flyscreen, measure the good sides of an existing flyscreen. If you're measuring a damaged flyscreen, the measurements should be correct. If you measure the inside of the window, subtract about 3mm to make sure the flyscreen will fit into the space.
Flyscreen mitre boxes are available. If you purchase one of these, fasten it to a sawhorse or other stable surface.
Start by cutting the frame: Cut a 45-degree angle, making sure the longer end is the outside of the frame. Make sure the frame is flat and square for perfect mitres. Cut the other side of the frame and repeat until you have completed all four sides.
Assemble the frame using the frame corners. Then check to make sure the frame fits into the window opening.
Install the Mesh
The next step is installing the mesh. Cut it longer than you need. This will ensure it is tight. You will use the utility knife to trim it after the spline is installed.
Find a flat, non-abrasive surface to use when installing the mesh. You can also place a blanket on the floor to make sure you don't mark the frame.
The spline is a long rubber or acrylic "rope." Try it first and if it is hard to install, soak it in hot water to soften the spline - most of these products today are quite flexible though, so that shouldn't be necessary.
It's a good idea to tap it into one corner first and then move to the middle and other ends of the frame. This will help make the mesh fit tightly. Use a spline roller to install the spline and make sure it is fully secured before moving to the next side. Install the mesh without lumps and after you've finished two sides, make sure it is taut. Finish by installing the two other sides of the frame. You will have waste material. A utility knife will easily cut away the waste.
Once you have trimmed away the excess, use the spline roller to ensure the spline is in tight by rolling the sides once more:
You may also have handles to fit to the flyscreen. Remember to countersink the holes in the aluminium frame using a drill bit that is the width of the inside of the screw. The threads of the screw will hold the handle in place.
We did two frames and installed the screening mesh in an hour and a half, which included going to our local JBH store and back again - why sit in traffic?
The cost is a lot less then buying them or having them installed as well.
And now you will get a full nights' sleep...finally.
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