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A screen porch will make a wonderful new addition to your home.  Screening in your porch with your screened in porch ideas can be either a do-it-yourself
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steps and you will be enjoying your new screened in porch in no time.  

Materials Needed:









How To
Screen A Porch Instructions:

1.  Painting: Painting the pre-cut wood strips, sole plates, rails and balusters for your screened in porch before beginning the installation process is
recommended. If they become scratched, touch-up is easier and less messy after installation.  Aluminum and Vinyl framing is an option when building a
screened porch versus treated pressure woods.  
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2.  Preparation: Remove everything from your porch. Thoroughly clean the porch floor and ceiling.

3.  
Installing Sole Plates: Lay pressure-treated 2" x 4" boards around the perimeter of the porch.  Use a framing square to make sure the sill plate is
square. Fasten the sill plate to the porch floor using lag bolts and concrete anchors (for concrete floors).  Attach a layer of untreated wood on top of the
sill plate to provide a base for interior trim work. Use a reciprocating saw or a handsaw to remove the sill plate from porch door opening.

4.  
Install the Top Plate: Stand a stud on top of the sill plate against the porch wall, check for plumb and temporarily fasten it in place. Place a board for
the top plate against the porch ceiling, using the upright stud to support one end and another stud to support the other. Nail the top plate to the porch
ceiling. Repeat this process around the perimeter of the porch.

5.  
Adding Wall Studs: Check the width of the screen before installing the studs. Most screens come in 3' widths, so space the wall studs on 3' centers.
For porch door frames, place two studs on each side of the porch door opening. One will be used for attaching the screen and the other will be used for
the porch door hinges.

6.  
Attaching Rails and Balusters: Use a level and a chalk line to mark a line on the porch wall studs 32" from the porch floor. Cut 2" x 4" boards to
length and install them horizontally between the studs to create the top rail. Cut balusters from 2" x 2" boards to fit between the top rail and the sill plate.
Position the balusters so they're evenly spaced and flush with the outside wall. Secure the balusters with finish nails.

7.  
Frame the Porch Door:  Frame out the porch door area and install a doorstop around the top and sides. The rounded edge of the doorstop should
face inside the porch.

8.
 Attach the Screen: Cut the screening to length and staple one side of the screen to the wall studs. Stretch the material taut and staple it to the other
stud. To cover the seams, cut lath to length, prime and paint the pieces and nail into place. Follow this order: top horizontal pieces first, followed by the
bottom and balusters, then the vertical pieces

9.  
Hang the Porch Screen Door:  Place a scrap piece of lath under the door so there is a 1/4" gap between the slab and the bottom of the door. Attach
the porch screen door to the wall stud with hinges. Install a rubber sweep on the bottom of the door to prevent insects from entering the porch. Install any
remaining hooks, latches, springs and hardware.

10.  
Covering Seams:  Use the pre-cut wood strips to hide the staples along the frame. It is best to attach with wood screws to make any necessary
repairs easier later. These strips will provide your screened in porch with a finished appearance.

11.  
Enjoy your new screened in porch!
Hammer
Drill
Staple Gun
Level
Measuring Tape
Chalk Line
Nails
Stud Screws
Wood Strips
Wall Studs
Pre-Cut Rails
Pre-Cut Sole Plates
Paint Brush
Paint
Framing Square
Reciprocating Saw/Saw
       
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