I need to shorten sliding screen door

Old 09-09-17, 10:11 AM
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I need to shorten sliding screen door

What I need is 48x79. I already bought 51x93 used, assuming I could just miter cut to length and reuse corner inserts. I am finding it's not that simple. The long vertical piece is no problem. But the horizontal pieces have a cutout for roller and another for a plastic piece for screw. One option is to save the rollers and the plastic piece for joining. I will have to cut in the middle (ends are not touched) and join them with a sheet metal and rivets. The other option is to cut 1.5" from each end and make new cutouts. I definitely need some new tool for the cutouts. Advice please.
Old 09-09-17, 10:24 AM
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Sounds like a bad idea. You would need to insert something long and solid that fits tightly inside the frame at the splice or it will be very wonky.
Old 09-09-17, 03:18 PM
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Well I'm not saying this idea is a cure all. But I have mended screens and doors using a piece of wood slid into the cavity. It stiffens the cross arm. It doesn't have to be a perfect fit, but at the point of the two pieces joined I want a very tight fit.

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