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#1 posted 04-03-2011 07:26 AM

What is the largest screen you will be making? Are you planning to remove them in the winter and store them? The reason I ask this is that it does make a difference as to type of joint that you should use. If you leave them up, there should not be any racking motions to disturb the joints so you could use plain old miter joints reinforced with Phenosel Vinyl Adhesive Caulk glued biscuit at each miter joint and one pilot holed 5d stainless annular ring box nail at each corner.

Some may scoff at this method but I have been making them for over ten years like this up to 4’x 6’ and have had no failures yet out of hundreds that I have made. I also mill the screen stock from full 1×6 Meranti decking, where some were painted and some treaded with Cabots Australian Timber Oil. Also, I use what some call fiberglass pet screen material which is more money but stands up to high winds, snow and ice held in with either stainless or monel staples.

All have been left installed year round with exception to a few so the experience of removing and installing cycles is limited which is where you see the high racking motion which would exert high or at least potential for racking at the corners.

Try an exact sample made of scrap built this way to see if it satisfies you, you will be impressed and it is a lot easier.

Good luck.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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