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« on: February 28, 2014, 08:06:11 pm »

Wondering about a solution for keeping small children and pets inside and safe with the screen door in place.
(No, I don't have my PC yet, but I like to plan ahead. )
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2014, 10:17:03 pm »

Great question!  I don't know that I have the answer, but here is our situation and what we did about it....

We don't have little people, but we have two little Pomeranians.  The PC screen door has a latch which is 'spring loaded' on the door itself.  This latch comes in a variety of tensions from the manufacturer (Southco Inc) and I don't know what the standard tension is on the PC. Here is what it looks like: http://www.amazon.com/Southco-SC-4320-Side-Mount-Grabber-Catches/dp/B002I05TUQ/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hi_2

Now, the PC's have a step down before the screen door.  Our dogs love to look out the door, sometimes jumping down into this step-well and right in front of the screen.  Since the door is latched mechanically with a spring tension, if they jump onto the screen it might unlatch and spring open.

There are probably dozens of solutions, but I can give you a couple.  For us, we installed a manual 'lock' to ensure the screen doesn't flip open with force from a four legged creature.  I am attaching pictures, but they may be 45 degrees rotated for some reason...have to figure this out.  The installation was extremely inexpensive and very easy to install.  It has worked out very well for us and we don't worry about the dogs nearly as much if we wander a bit from the rig.


Another solution.....friends of ours have a PC3100.  They also have dogs.  They are installing a 'hinged', removable three-sided barrier which fits into that step-well and comes up about 2 ft on three sides to keep pets out of the step-well and away from the door.

The screen door is very neat, in that it slides out of view when not in use and easily closes when you need it.  Unfortunately, it has no 'lock'.....and I haven't even found anything that I could retrofit from other patio type screen doors.

Hope this helps a bit...

   - Mike
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2014, 07:04:38 am »

Oops...I gave the wrong link in my last post.  The latch is a snap-in, not a side-mount

http://www.southco.com/en-us/c3
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2014, 03:20:22 pm »

Actually, I just cut a small 1/2'' X whatever length you need to place on the outside of the door in between the frame. This keeps the door from opening when we are outside. Also, in order to keep the puppy from pushing against the screen & scaring the crap out of all of us, I bought a piece of 2' x 8' vinyl lattice & cut a 26" piece off. Then, I applied 4 pieces of self sticking magnetic strips. This allows it to be place against the screen door on the inside. The magnets stick to the actual door frame. So far, both things seem to be working well!
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2014, 04:23:45 pm »

Very interesting ideas  for you with pets.....and you with kids or grand kids.
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2014, 05:23:08 pm »

I like the plastic lattice with magnets solution, will keep that in mind for the future.

For our Airedale, we've been using an adjustable wood child safety gate, similar to this one at Walmart:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Evenflo-Position-and-Lock-Wood-Safety-Gate-Blue/20441353

Sometimes we use it to keep him in the back of the coach.  Multi-function. Grin

Anyway, they're available almost everywhere  -- hardware & department stores, etc.

Looking forward to other solutions being posted here...

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