Keeping Varmints Out of your Workshop

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Blog entry by Harley130 posted 05-29-2013 04:24 PM 1872 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you are one of the fortunate few woodworkers who have an air conditioned workshop, then this is just fun reading for you.
For the rest of us, who work out of garages or buildings with roll up doors then this applies.
My workshop is in a two car garage with an 18 ft. wide door. In the summertime trying to work is hard because of the flying insects that come in to buzz about and land on an arm or leg, and starting drilling for blood right as I’m running a board through the table saw. And, on several occasions I’ve had birds to fly in and it was a fight trying to get them back out. When a bird gets excited, it tends to crap on everything it flies over.
The solution? A garage door screen from Garage Door Screens. A low cost fix for the flying insects, four legged varmints (like the neighbors cat) and even two legged varmints. Even though people can see in, it makes them stop and sound off before being invited in. At night is when the screen really is nice. I can work into the late evening in comfort and not have to put up with night bugs flying everywhere.
The screen is held in place with a Velcro strip around the perimeter of the door way. The manufacturer suggest for additional holding power to attach the Velcro with small screws every 6” to 8”. I didn’t do this to begin with, but recently went back and installed them. I had chosen white Velcro since my door trim was white so I wanted to use white headed screws. I purchase some 1/2” screws and stuck them into a piece of cardboard and spray painted the heads white. Now when I remove the screen the screw heads are nearly invisible.
The screen came with three heavy duty well made zippers, one on each side and one in the middle. To hold the screen down, you can slip a piece of 1/2” PVC pipe or conduit in a pocket at the bottom which is designed for that. Access is easy though the middle zipper when you just want to come and go, and, to move large items in or out of the workshop, just unzip the middle and side zipper and roll up. The manufacturer provides one Velcro strip to hold the screen up with but I chose to use a better version of it and to fasten it in place with a screw. It only takes a couple of minutes to roll up one side and the screen advantages outweigh the trouble to roll-up.
I’ve had the screen in place now for nearly two months and feel it’s one of the best investments I’ve made for my workshop ever. Plus, the wife likes it because when I come into the house from the garage, a bunch of flies don’t come in with me.
The folks at Garage Door Screens are great folks to do business with. It is a Mom & Pop operation and the screens are made by them. So, check out their website and decide if a garage door screen is right for your shop.

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#1 posted 05-29-2013 08:31 PM

I like that. Great idea.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#2 posted 05-29-2013 08:42 PM

Very good idea. I do have A/C in the shop, but would much prefer to be able to just open the overhead door. Thanks for the post!!

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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Craftsman on the lake

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#3 posted 05-29-2013 09:27 PM

I have AC but my problem is red squirrels. Can’t seem to stop them from coming in no matter what I plug up. They clear the insulation out of my shop attic and even strip the rubber off the wires. Bad indeed. I’ve tried loud music, mothballs, rubber snakes… you name it. I wish a screen was all I needed.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#4 posted 05-30-2013 01:51 AM

Craftsman, You need a Jack Russel Terrier! Mine has kept the squirrels in the trees where they belong for 18 years.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 05-30-2013 02:15 AM

Like you idea, but my biggest pest right now is a snake. Big black snake about 4 1/2 ft long that likes to lay on a shelf behind my drill press and watch me work. Comes in about once a week or so and does no harm except making me jump some times win I don’t know he is there and come face to face with him. He does seem to keep other critters out of the shop.

-- sweet sawdust

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#6 posted 05-30-2013 02:39 AM

Sweet Sawdust, That blacksnake is the best possible varmit control you could have (even better than a Jack)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 05-30-2013 03:37 AM

Love the screen. Great idea, I have seen smaller versions for normal doors that have magnets in the center strip

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 05-30-2013 04:03 AM

I have a snake that visits me too. I don’t mind but he can startle you if you don’t know he is there. He usually ties to get under something and hide. The mice have all left me. I have 3 overhead doors and they are like having a screen when it comes to critters. I also work with my doors open.

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