Life as an Amateur Woodworker #41: Mosquitera Needed

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 02-25-2015 10:05 PM 1572 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The nights are still hot here, but we can’t have the bedroom window open due to mosquitoes and the risk of dengue, a fan is not sufficient, and I am certainly not going down the road of Air Con, so it was time to make mosquiteras. I thought I would start with one, and see how it went.

I did make some when I lived in Spain, and they worked, so no reason why not here, This version only works with sliding windows.

I cut some 4×2s to 1/2” x 1 1/2”, for this window I was making them 45.5” by 15”, I had to make two frames, and the net is sandwiched between the two. Once the timber was cut, I half-lapped all the pieces, sanded them, then glued and clamped. When dry, I painted the frames, after which I stapled the net over one frame, and then glued the second on top. I just need to make a couple of handles, to make it easier to place.

You then place the netted frame in the window opening and slide the window until it holds the frame in place, simple but effective.

Hopefully now I will get a decent nights sleep.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 02-26-2015 03:25 AM


I’ve been busy but I thought I’d stop by. We have screening here in nylon and metal. You have dogs and not cats?

Looks like you might get some sleep. Any chance the netting might tear?

I’l check and see your response tomorrow!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 02-26-2015 11:35 AM

Tom, Like you, we have nylon and metal, if these were to be a door screen, with the dogs, I would definitely use metal, but as these are for windows, nylon is fine, there is no reason that the netting should get damaged, only by deterioration, by which time I will probably have replaced the windows anyway.

Cheers Phil

P.S. I overslept this morning! :)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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