I would still like to be able to escape from a fire
October 7, 2013 12:28 PM Subscribe
I need to attach a window screen to my fire escape window. Obviously I'd like it to break away when necessary (and also so I can water my herbs strapped to the bars on the upper half of the window). How can I do this most effectively and with materials I already have? It needs to cover both the top and bottom half of the window, and there's no existing screen frame.
posted by mgar to home & garden (7 answers total)
sufficient screening, which is quite tightly woven. I could make a hammock out of this stuff.
velcro meant to be used to tie tomato plants to stakes
magnet on a roll
a tension rod
some vinyl oilcloth I was planning to cut up to use for stiffener along the edges
several nearby hardware stores if need be
My plan was: for the non-moving top half of the window, glue to the oilcloth to the screen, then the velcro to that (the velcro won't superglue directly to the screen), and the other half of the velcro to the aluminum window frame.
For the moving bottom half: glue the magnet roll to the screen, glue more magnet roll to the frame, be done.
This doesn't need to be reversible, but it really needs to keep the bugs out and snap back into place. Does my plan make sense? Should I be using different glue, or different attachment methods?