Posted by JRon September 04, 2014 Videos DIY /
Most hot tubs are to big to take in or out of your patio/porch screen door. You will need to take a piece of the patio frame and screening out before you can get the hot tub in or out.
After the move is complete then you will need to replace the frame and screening.
It can be an extra cost to put a Hot tub in or out of your patio, pool enclosure, lanai, or screen porch.
This video shows you how to do it yourself.
Most hot tubs require a licensed plumber to hook up a hot tub but if you purchased the tub new the store will usually have someone that can do this.
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BetterVue (BetterVue is made by Phifer) is a type of screen that is mostly used for window screens. It is very nice to see-through, sort-of like there is nothing there. The strands are thinner so you can see through the screen easier. There is a similar type of screen made by a different company, it is called Clear-View.
Some companies that build screen enclosures did put BetterVue in the total screen enclosure (for a few years). The reason why this screen is not used any longer for screen enclosures is that it tares easily, slips out of the track easier as well as other problems. It also requires a different size of spline (rubber that holds the screen in the track). And most people who repair screens do not have the right size spline, and furthermore, did not even know that a different size spline was needed so they put in a spline that was to small. And the screen came out even easier and many more problems. Most of the enclosures where BetterVue was installed are in southern Florida (as far as we know).
The manufacture stopped making that screen for screen enclosures because of all the problems. BetterVue is still made for window screens.
If you have a screen enclosure that was screened with BetterVue you will eventually need to change to a different type of screen since BetterVue is no longer manufactured. You could call the builder of the enclosure and see if they still have some Bettervue and will repair it for you. They may charge you a lot more because it is no longer available. (It was the same price as regular screen (18 x 14) when it was available).
Regular screen(18 x14) is a darker screen so it may look like patchwork. 20 x 20 screen (smaller size holes) is darker yet. Gray screen could be an option but it sometimes has a shadow-like effect. There is not really any perfect solution. Maybe, you could convince the builder who built your enclosure to give you a really good deal to totally rescreen your enclosure with some type of screen that is going to be around for a long time (and has been tried and proven) for a screen enclosure.
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When you have a two-story house or condo and wish to add a screen enclosure, you will need to decide if you want to have a 2-story or a 1-story enclosure.
Most city, county or local codes do not allow you to build a 2-story screen enclosure on a 1-story house. Many HOAs do not allow 2-story enclosures, even on a 2 story house.
The advantages of a 2-story is that it is very open and if you have a balcony on the second level, the balcony will be inside of the enclosure.
The disadvantages of a 2-story enclosure is that it is a lot more expensive to build and maintain, (30% – 50% more). The screens on the top part of the enclosure get blown out by the wind more often. Also, the enclosure sways and twist in the wind more so the screws on the top beams pop off more often.
Other disadvantages of a 2-story is getting a repair person to repair a screen, or repair anything, on the top part of the enclosure. Only about 20% of the people who repair screen enclosures will repair a 2-story enclosure. It is very expensive as well as difficult to get someone to replace screws on the top portion of the enclosure.
If you already have a 2-story enclosure and need repair, make sure you tell the repair person that you have a 2-story. You will save your time and their time.
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There are many types of screen. The kind that you use is determined by what you want to do or what problem you want to solve.
The screen for porches and pool enclosures comes in 2 colors, gray and charcoal (black). Charcoal color screen is used the majority of the time.
Most screen is defined by the number of strands per square inch. Example, 18X14 has 18 strands one way and 14 strands the other way. 20×20 screen has 20 strands one way and 20 strands running the other way. There is also 18×16, 20×30, 30×30 and 40×40 screen. The screen that is most often used on screen enclosures patios and porches in Florida is 18×14. 18×16 is mostly used to screen windows.
Better View (BetterVue) is another type of screen (the strands are thinner so you can see through the screen easier). It is used mostly for windows.
The reason why this is not used for screen enclosures is that it tares easily, slips out of the track easier as well as other problems. The manufacture stopped making that screen for screen enclosures because of all the problems. Refer to another post on this site for more details. “What to Do When you Need to Replace BetterVue Screen on Your Patio or Enclosure”
Pet screen is stronger and has thicker strands but the strands are further apart than the 18×14 screen. SunTex 80 is also a thick screen and is often used for pets and the strands are closer together than regular pet screen, which helps to keep more bugs out.
Florida Glass is a screen that has been laminated with plastic. It is used to keep water and trash out. It is not clear and you can only see shadows through it. The plastic starts pealing off in about 2 years or so. Some types of water make stains on the plastic.
Solar screen/shade screen is a very dense weave of screen. There are a number of different sizes. It is mostly used to block out most of the sun on windows, or for green houses.
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Posted by JRon January 20, 2014 General /
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Rusty screws are a common problem in screen enclosures, porches and patios in Florida. There are several things that cause rust.
Exposure to sun and rain and aging cause problems. Homes that are close to salt water also rust faster.
The tops/heads of the screw often pop off and that results in a weaker screen structure.
Chlorine causes the biggest problems. Most people wash their deck or patio with chlorine and that causes the screws to rust much faster.
A partial solution to the chlorine problem is to make sure that you thoroughly rinse the chlorine off the screws and any metal areas afterwards.
Another thing that causes rust is the incompatibility of metals that touch each other. The frame is made of aluminum and the screws are made of another type of metal.
You may need to replace some of the screws because of the rust. There are screws that are more resistant to rust than others but are also more expensive.
Below is a list of some types of materials that screws are made of that are used in building a metal frame screen enclosure, porch or patio.
Coatings of various kinds
Stainless Steel – is a mixture of metals that includes various amounts of nickel which is a anti rust metal. Nickel is not as strong a metal as steel so the screws cannot be made totally of a softer metal. Therefore, even if you use stainless steel screws, they will eventually rust.
Posted by JRon December 10, 2013 DIY /
When you try to replace a screen section, (on a pool enclosure, porch, patio or other) and the outside temperature is below 70 there could be a problem.
In cooler temperatures the spline (black rubber tubing that keeps the screen in place) gets like hard plastic and when the temperature gets below 60 it is very rigid.
Because of the rigidness of the spline (tubing), the spline may tare the screen . The tares may be very small (only a few strands) but that small tare can rip more easily, so in a few months you may have rips and tares along the edge of a fairly new screen.
The screen material also becomes more brittle in cooler weather and may tare easier when you work with it.
So, even though you may want to replace your screens ASAP, it is better to wait until the outside temperature is above 70.
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One of the big reasons people have screen enclosures over their pool is to keep the trash out of their pool. Of course, other benefits of having a screen enclosure is to keep the bugs out. You can open your doors and windows and enjoy the outdoors.
A pool screen enclosure, patio screen room or screened lanai is a good way to add space to your home at a much lower cost than putting an addition on your home. Recently a customer wanted to add a new enclosure only because she wanted to double the size of her house.
Back to the subject of keeping trash out of your pool. Having a screen enclosure is the best way to keep trash out of your pool but it is not the only way. Keep the trees trimmed that are near the pool and that will reduce the number of leaves and other trash that get into your pool
You may not think of dogs, cats, raccons, snakes and even alagators as trash but you do need to keep them out of your pool.
Another way to keep trash out of your pool is to put a pool cover over your pool. A pool cover does keep the water in the pool about 5 degrees cooler.
Keep your pool clean with regular cleaning and enjoy your outside space.
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Preparing your screen enclosure for a hurricane is important.
You need to look at the screws and bolts to see if they are rusty. Old rusty screws snap and fall out. This does not happen all at one time. But it happens that a few at a time fall out and at some point the structure comes apart.
You may have a lot of rusty screws but your structure seems fine. But then you get a stong wind or hurricane and it just comes apart.
So, check your structure for rusty screws and loose areas.
Secure your screen enclosure by replacing rusty screws and tighten up loose joints.
Posted by JRon July 04, 2011 General /
Repair Pool Screens For Pool Safety
Children are out of school for the summer and ready to take advantage of all things fun and interesting. That could include having a swim in your pool. Keep your pool enclosure screens repaired so as to deter the kids from using your pool for their fun and possibly getting hurt.
Recreational time at public and residential swimming pools and spas is a favorite activity for children and adults all over the country. Whether enjoying pool time with family and friends, exercising, playing water sports, or learning to swim, everyone needs to be mindful of the potential for incidents and drownings in pools and spas.
Each year, nearly 300 children under the age of five drown in residential and public pools and spas. Submersion incidents requiring emergency-room treatment or hospitalization number in the thousands and many victims experience permanent disability, including brain damage.
Few people know of the hidden dangers from drain or suction entrapments. Drains with broken, missing, or faulty covers can entrap hair, the body, limbs, jewelry and clothing, or cause disembowelment/evisceration.
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