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post #1 of 16 Old 08-03-09, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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Attaching screen matrial to frame, argh

I evaluated materials and purchased some CenterStage XD from seymourav. Built the frame over the weekend and got to the point of attaching the material. I am using the screen door channel and laying the screen material in with the tool and spline. I'm having a hard time figuring out the best way to do this. It might be that I was tired and was covered in velvet and spray glue, but I quickly threw in the towel last night. Is there a special trick to getting this done? The instructions I have say to start in the top left corner and work a few inches at a time, alternating between the top rail and side rail and then around to the bottom right corner. I've been able to get about 2 feet in either direction before being perplexed with wrinkles. FYI the screen is 110x62.

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Re: Attaching screen matrial to frame, argh

Hmm. starting in the center of the long bars makes more sense to me. Starting in the corner just wasn't doing it. I'll try this tonight.

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Re: Attaching screen matrial to frame, argh

I found this post because I am building my first screen. I am having the same problem. I am wondering if this suggested procedure worked?
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Worked great. Just take your time and move an inch or so at a time and rotate around the screen as shown. Screen has been up and wrinkle free since then. Wow, has it really been 2 1/2 years...
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Re: Attaching screen matrial to frame, argh

So I got lazy last night and frustrated, so it ended up stapled. I am considering trying this again. How long did it take you to accomplish this?

Did you have to redo it or did it work on the first try using this technique?

I was going to PM you but it doesn't look like you accept PM's. I am very glad you are still around to help people out.

DO you remember any tips you could share with me? Can this be accomplished by 1 person?

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Took me about 45 minutes to do it once I got it figured out. probably pulled the screen out of the channels 3 or 4 times before I got it right.
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Re: Attaching screen matrial to frame, argh

By "got it right" do you mean get it to run straight. That is the problem I was running into with the other technique. i would start running the top from the corner, get 1/3 approximately. The start down the side. I could not get the material to stay straight. Is that what you ran into with the first technique? With the technique described in this thread was it a lot easier getting it to run straight?

When you started this technique did you do it this way: Push the material into the track say 2-3 inches at the top, then move and repeat this procure for the bottom and both sides. Then once there is 2-3 inches of fabric in the track top, bottom and sides, did you move back to the top and push say 2-3 inches of fabric into the channel to say the left top and left bottom. Then repeating this procedure as the diagram shows until you were finished?

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Hmm. We must be using different channel.. My screen channel only "eats" about 1/4" of material, the rest just overhangs. I had my material cut with about 4" extra in both dimensions, so 2" hanging over on all sides. I also put the material up on a bias so as long as the material is covering all of the channel and is secured, it doesn't matter if it is a bit angled.
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Re: Attaching screen matrial to frame, argh

Well I think mine only takes up say .25". I am using the same screen rail as described in the PDF on the seymourav website.

Do you remember if this is the same procedure that you did:

Push the material into the track say 2-3 inches at the top, then move and repeat this procure for the bottom and both sides. Then once there is 2-3 inches of fabric in the track top, bottom and sides, did you move back to the top and push say 2-3 inches of fabric into the channel to say the left top and left bottom. Then repeating this procedure as the diagram shows until you were finished?

So when you say "bias" do you mean that you ordered your screen extra large and angled it to the frame, when you installed it? My screen is say 2" extra on all sides and it is cut at a 19 degree angle.

There are 2 projects on seymourav Project 1 labeled "DIY Fixed Frame" and Project 2 "DIY Fixed Frame Gallo". I initially was building the second project. Chris told me that due to the cut of my screen material I should follow the screen thread when splining. He told me to follow the same pattern in the first project (DIY Fixed Frame) on his website used for stapling the cloth to spline the screen to the frame.

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