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Best of Apopka 2010 – Screen Repair: Screenologist Inc #1   2 comments

Just wanted to share a quick thank you to everyone who participated in the 2010 Best of Apopka Awards. Your votes are greatly appreciated and we look forward to meeting all of Apopka’s screen repair needs for many years to come.

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Thanks for voting us #1

How to keep spiders out of your pool cage   Leave a comment

Black Widow SpiderAlways remember, we do have poisonous spiders in Florida, and if you have any questions about what type of spider you are dealing with, be sure to use extreme caution. (The most common dangerous spiders found on Pool Cages are black and brown widows, which are generally easily identifiable by the hourglass figure on their abdomen.)

For those pesky wolf spiders that tend to find their way into the dardest places, the simplest solution is to simply shoo them away. A broom or shoe works great. I prefer not to squish them, simply because I’m not afraid of them, and would rather have them outside eating mosquitoes than as a splat on my sidewalk. Also, as my wife recently found out, squishing then can sometimes bring much unwanted side effects. She recently attempted this, only to disperse about 100 much smaller spiders (I guess the babies hang out on the mother for a period of time).

So not that we all have a good case of the hebee-jebees, lets talk about web building spiders.

The first approach would be to prevent them from entering the pool cage in the first place. This can be accomplished in several different ways.

First and foremost is having any damaged screen panels repaired by a screen repair company (such as Screenologist Inc.). This will insure that any holes and access points around the entire enclosure are minimized.

After this, the next most common gap in your screen rooms defenses are below the screen doors. The screen door can be solved by ensuring that the bug sweep (or weather stripping) is in tact. Often when this simple device gets old, the rubber strip that is supposed to make a seal with the concrete deck, gets brittle and cracks or falls off completely. This leaves you with a large gap and is practically inviting all sorts of critters into your poolside sanctuary. Replacing this is a simple as removing three or four screws, and re-securing the new sweep in place. Now, a bug sweep can only offer so much security as there will always be some gaps due to design and uneven deck material. To get around this, the next best thing is the installation of a threshold. This is an extruded aluminum threshold that is installed inside the screen door and screwed down to the deck. It provides a flush surface for the screen door to seal to.

Entry point number three would be where the aluminum structure attaches to the house. It is common practice for this to be caulked with a silicone or butyl based sealant. Over time this seal can become brittle and crack, or contract, both of which can create gaps. This can be solved by re-sealing these points with a fresh layer of caulking.

Inevitably, even if you have all of these things in proper order, you will end up with beautify spun spider web inside your enclosure. While this may be fun to look at, it is not fun to walk through when you least expect it. So, how do you deal with your little eight legged friends? Again, the broom may be your simplest option. But you can also have the enclosure pressure washed, thereby removing all of the hard to reach webs, and eradicating the spiders for the time being. You can also find an insecticide to spray the bugs with. Spiders are tricky because bait and residue insecticides generally don’t work. You are usually left having to spray them directly. If you have trouble finding such spray at the hardware store, see if there is a local “do it yourself” pest control shop in town. They will be able to point you in the right direction on your quest to vanquish your many eyed foes.

Screenologist Inc. offers many of the services described above, and you can learn more about them at http:/www.screenologist.com. Please consider using our services for these and all of your screen repair needs.

Help! Theres a bobcat in my pool cage!   Leave a comment

Well, this didn’t happen. but for one real estate agent in SouthWest Florida it was all too close.

He recently wrote in his blog “this morning my wife and I saw a scruffy, blackish BOBCAT dart across our Pool Cage”. All of this occurred, according to him, in a “well-developed and established neighborhood”. And I’m sure many of us could tell a similar story. That time we found a snake under the bar-b-que, a squirrel on the porch, or an opossum in the planter. A woman in north Florida was surprised to find an alligator taking a dip in her pool in July of ’08 (http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/25719894.html).

Nature can be amazing, but I prefer it stay outside of the pool enclosure. This is one important reason to keep your pool enclosure secure and repaired. Even screens without holes can quickly become an entry point for one of natures little intruders because old screen can be so brittle. The man who saw the bobcat was thankful and pointed out, “Fortunately, I had re-screened the cage last year or we may have witnessed a very WET Bobcat”.

So this summer, enjoy the outdoors, marvel at natures awesomeness, but do it from the comfort of your pool float and leave the trapping to animal control. Get those screens fixed!

Read the full bobcat account at – http://activerain.com/blogsview/1228922/bobcat-on-a-cool-pool-cage-roof-

Do it Yourself Screen Enclosure Repair – Good Idea or Bad Idea?   61 comments

don't try this at home

don't try this at home

— Update: This post has received a lot of views and not a lot of comments. Please feel free to comment or send me a direct message if you have questions regarding your screen repair project. I will always do my best to answer your questions, or ad new blog posts in regards to common questions. —

It always feels good to complete a home project yourself. This is the joy of a Do-It-Yourselfer. As the weather becomes warmer here in Central Florida, your swimming pool or screen porch will begin to look more and more inviting. This is usually when you notice holes in your screens, doors that don’t open correctly, and a few months worth of dirt. When it comes to screen repair, a screen enclosure can range from a very small, one panel, framed in opening to a very large pool enclosure consisting of 50-100 screen panels. This being the case, when can you roll up your sleeves and go to work as your own handyman or handywoman, and at what point should you call a professional? We will discuss the difficulty of different projects, the different repairs you may face, and what is involved in completing those repairs.

Repairing screen is a job that few people master, and even many handymen have trouble finishing a job correctly. This is despite the fact that with a few simple considerations, anyone can achieve the results they desire. That does not mean anyone can go out back and rescreen their entire pool enclosure (Please DO NOT try this, and certainly don’t say it was my idea!). What I mean is that if you evaluate your repair before you are knee deep into it, you can save yourself the headache of starting a project that is beyond your abilities and leave that one to the professionals. This however doesn’t mean that every repair is off limits.

First let us consider your skills. If your reading this because you’ve never done a home repair yourself, and you want to give it a go and get something under your belt, unfortunately I don’t think screen repair is the best place to start. Mainly because to properly replace even a single screen panel, or repair a screen door handle, you will need more than the standard household tools, and you will spend money at the hardware store that will be wasted should the project prove to be too difficult. Calling a professional screen repair company will be worth your while, as a simple repair will not cost more than $80-$100. For those who consider themselves handy, and usually take care of small repairs around the house, any small screen repair should be within your ability to complete with success. These would include replacing a single torn screen panel, replacing the door hardware on a screen door, or even reattaching a loose piece of metal or replacing rusted fasteners. Then there are the large repairs. These include rescreening an entire porch or patio enclosure, replacing torn panels on the roof (or ceiling) of a pool cage, or new construction of a screen enclosure. These should only be attempted if you consider yourself very handy, and have previous construction experience. More often than not, and for your own safety, these repairs should only be completed by trained professionals.

If you’ve decided you will go forward with you’re repair, now you must evaluate what needs to be done. If you have a single screen panel that is torn and needs to be replaced, you will need to remove the old screen and install new screen. Measure the opening and purchase the new screen material (sometimes called screen mesh, insect mesh, or pool and patio screen) and tools to install it with. Before installing the new screen, always make sure all debris is cleared away from the opening and you have removed all obstacles from the work area. [Check back later for articles on details of how to install new screen] If you have multiple panels that are damaged, the process is the same, only you will need more material, and will want to set aside more time to spend installing the new screen. You should also remove the old screen from only one panel at a time, so if you run into any delays, you can leave the remaining panels to be repaired at a later date. If you are ready to rescreen an entire enclosure, it is always easiest to work in large stages. These will include gathering new material, removing all old screens, cleaning and prepping the entire enclosure, and installing the new screen. If you are not experienced installing screen, you could expect a small porch (apx 8’H x 12’W) to take four to six hours to complete. Other miscellaneous repairs that you may look to complete include: replacing lower (base) panels with pet resistant screen, adding a pet door to an existing enclosure, cleaning mold and mildew from an enclosure, painting scratches or blemishes on the aluminum etc. Many of these will require other tools and material that must be purchased from an aluminum distributor. As time allows, we will go into further details on these repairs and others, and how they can improve your outdoor living spaces.

After taking a more detailed look at what is involved in completing several types of screen repair, and considering the difficulty of different projects, I hope you feel better about the repairs you are facing. If you’ve deciding to take on your repair project yourself, check back for future posts covering specifics of installation techniques. If you think you’re repair is better served by a professional screen repair company, there is no shame in that. As we mentioned earlier, your safety should be your number one concern when considering any handyman task. Either way, as we come into spring and sizzle into summer, now is the time to tidy up that outdoor area, and look to repair and clean your patio or pool enclosure. Don’t let bugs and leaves spoil your relaxation. Take out the toolbox, or pick up the phone, and you can be lounging around worry free in no time.

You can contact Screenologist Inc. for all of your screen enclosure needs. Central Florida 407-788-7419 Greater Tampa Area 813-223-3484 or Toll Free at 888-322-7419

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