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Is cutting a DIY spline channel around the openings of our wood screen porch a good plan?

This is a good idea, except 1/8" x 1/8" is kinda small. 5/32" would let you use common .160 spline. Check spline availability in your area prior to choosing groove size. Yes, "trying to use the circ ...
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What is the name of the retracting part of a dog lead?

Another example of a mechanism that you may be able to access or modify to your usage idea is contained in a tape measure. There a coiled flat spring steel material is simply anchored to central hub ...
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What is the name of the retracting part of a dog lead?

When I was a kid we had plastic roll up blinds on windows--you pull down and release for them to go up (not supposed to let go but it was fun). You see them in old cartoons flipping around. They are ...
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What is the name of the retracting part of a dog lead?

A "spring rod", "spring reel", or "spring roller" includes the shaft, roller, torsion spring, and catch components. Unfortunately, products which include them are usually ...
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Replacing Window Screens?

Screen frames do sometimes warp, but should flatten out when held in place in the window. If it remains warped when installed, make sure all of the securing clips are properly in place. If that isn'...
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Fix the torn window screens

Those are standard screens easy to repair. Pull the rubber / plastic retainer material out of the groove, the old screen fabric will fall out if it did not pull out when removing the retainer. Get a ...
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How to stop mosquitos from living in the window curtains and drapes

I note that you are writing from India. Your National Center for Vector Borne Diseases Control publishes instructions (Word doc) for treating mosquito nets with a specific insecticide mix that they ...
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Two sided reinforced "clamp" for creating a hole in screen

Yes, look up "cat door for sliding screen door". These have a 2 flat frame pieces that snap together, suspended within the screen mesh itself. They also come with a lightweight swinging ...
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How to hang a projector screen (cloth) with a few inches away from the wall?

I would fasten a "furring strip" (a piece of perhaps 2x2) to the wall at the top of the screen. Make it the same width as the screen, but screw it into the studs inside the wall (NOT just into the ...
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How can remove this window screen to repair it?

This is a pretty standard screen repair. You need to remove the spline to get the screen out, which can be done with an awl or a narrow flat-head screwdriver. You'll need a new screen, spline, a ...
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What type of screens do I need for this crank case window?

The screen will sit where the blue lines are, up against that small lip (sorry bout the poor drawing skills). It will be held in by flush mount clips like shown below. You will need to drill small ...
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What's the best way to keep insects from coming in Jalousie windows?

Window screens usually go on the inside of jalousie windows because (most) jalousie windows open outward (at least partly). If you want to install a screen on the outside then you would (probably) ...
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How to install window screen without screen track

It does look like that a screen could fit where you're pointing. I've included a picture of some screen hangers and a lock. The hangers would go on the top of the screen and trim allowing the screen ...
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How to get bath screen door (with lip on the edge) to open outwards

Put it on the raised edge of the tub. maybe reduces waterproofing etc Not really. It puts it on the high point, which improves waterproofing, etc by helping water to drain away from it, and sealing it ...
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How to get bath screen door (with lip on the edge) to open outwards

It's now opening out! ... but the problem wasn't what I thought. Further inspection showed there is a bit of clearance between the bottom of the "door" section and the bottom of the fixed ...
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Pull tabs on insect screen

Here's what it looks like on a replacement window/screen. Screen is mounted to the outside. Photo is from the outside. I hope this helps.
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How do I install a window screen that must go in from the outside and does not have tabs, springs, pins, or any flex?

They don't all use springs or clips. On many (especially older aluminum and steel frame) windows the channel is deeper on the top and one side. This allows the screen frame to insert, then drop and/or ...
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How can I mount a screen window to an old porch?

I'd say mount it on the outer part, like @JACK suggested. Otherwise you'll probably end up with some odd-looking custom bracket/track setup to accomplish what you're after. Instead of the stud screw + ...
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What is the name of the retracting part of a dog lead?

Retracting leads won't be strong enough for your purpose. They are not designed to reel the dog in like a fish! They have just enough power to retract the lead into the casing and no more. I don't ...
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How to install window screen without screen track

Typical approach for modern screens/windows (as Jack has shown the very vintage approach) is that the screen has a frame (typically aluminum) that has springs on one side or two sides so it can be ...
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Does window screen frame thickness matter? 5/16" vs 7/16"

The larger frames (7/16"+) are sturdier when it comes to the screening of the frame (less tendency to bow inward when pulling screen material taut) and are generally sturdier due to larger/...
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Two sided reinforced "clamp" for creating a hole in screen

Curtain grommets (a kind brass eyelet) are available in suitable sizes. (I found 2"-12" in my first search.) You'll need to borrow or buy a setting tool to install them. You'll need to cut ...
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DIY Fence Screen made with EMT Conduit

For several decades I have attended a very windy art festival in a desert and learned a few things about anchoring, shade cloth and structures made out of EMT. The easiest way to anchor it to the ...
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How to stop mosquitos from living in the window curtains and drapes

Treat them with permethrin, which is an insecticide (that remains on cloth and kills insects on contact for a long time after treatment.) On something only rarely laundered such as curtains, it ...
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How to repair this part of sliding patio doors

You want to search for "U" channel or Side Jamb Channel. Home depot has some and any window / door specialty shop will have them too.
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Windows without window screen tracks

Looks like there's a track to me, right where I'd expect it. I assume that this is a single-hung window (or acts as one with a screen installed), so the screen nests into the rabbet at the bottom of ...
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Who is the manufacturer of this storm door?

Identifying things like this over the Internet is Real Tough. Even those who know what to look for are going to have trouble finding the details. However: There are people who sell screen panels. If ...
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Two sided reinforced "clamp" for creating a hole in screen

This item looks to be a very close fit to what you are looking for. https://www.amazon.com/ScreenLet-Window-Screen-Through-Accessory/dp/B08N8M3S5G And here is one that is a bit larger. It is called a ...
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Replacing a screen door

Most likely, you can get by with replacing the screen. Use a putty knife to remove the door by slipping the wheels at the bottom off the track. They're spring loaded; lift the whole door up, and ...
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Replacing a screen door

As noted in a comment, unless the frame itself is damaged, you just replace the screen in the existing frame. I'm guessing that the "damage" in the outside picture is just an odd aberation ...
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