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Old 06.07.2012, 20:34
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Re: Help - Window screens - available to buy or do-it-yourself?

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Let me guess. You are tired of sacrificing your blood to the mosquito gods.
Actually, they love hubby's blood more than mine, as long as he's home, I rarely get bitten.

My issue is that those windows are on the side of the house that receives the fresh cool breezes BUT we can't open them very far for fear of the cat going "walkabout" across the rooftops (she's done it before, when we've forgotten to secure other windows).

I want some air!!

(Hubby having fewer mosquito bites would be a bonus for sure though. )
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Window bug screens

Hello
I am wondering why Swiss apartments do not have bug screens? We live a near a forest and the number of mosquitoes,flies, wasps, sting bugs flying in while we are sleeping are driving me crazy especially as we have a new baby and it’s been quite hot.
Anyone know if we can request installation of screens by our flat’s management company (is it even a thing here) or does it have to be a DIY project? I found some screens at the hardware store which we can install ourselves but they don’t work for our bedroom windows as they open out (we are in a dachwohnung).
Suggestions welcome!

Thanks!
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Old 02.06.2018, 20:18
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Re: Window bug screens

Installing proper insect screens (something sleek, easy to hide, even electrified) should be done during construction. They are expensive, so most builders skip them.

You can do panels later on. They will work, they will probably just not look perfect and might be difficult to remove/move. Or you can let a professional company do it (IF there is enough space between the jalousie and window) but it might be quite eye watering prices.

You can do it yourself by buying the net/framed net in a construction market (or even Aldi, they had them some time ago) or you can have a company install them for you.

You can ask for quotes from companies and if you get scared with the price, you can try the DIY version.

And no, you can't force the renting company to install them, as they are not a "necessity". But you can ask nicely if they would help with the costs - doesn't harm asking.
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Old 02.06.2018, 22:27
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Re: Help - Window screens - available to buy or do-it-yourself?

Strange, my apartment was built in 1986 but there are two handles by every window.

One winds down the the normal window blind, the other an insect screen.
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Old 03.06.2018, 18:58
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Re: Help - Window screens - available to buy or do-it-yourself?

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Installing proper insect screens (something sleek, easy to hide, even electrified) should be done during construction. They are expensive, so most builders skip them.

You can do panels later on. They will work, they will probably just not look perfect and might be difficult to remove/move. Or you can let a professional company do it (IF there is enough space between the jalousie and window) but it might be quite eye watering prices.

You can do it yourself by buying the net/framed net in a construction market (or even Aldi, they had them some time ago) or you can have a company install them for you.

You can ask for quotes from companies and if you get scared with the price, you can try the DIY version.

And no, you can't force the renting company to install them, as they are not a "necessity". But you can ask nicely if they would help with the costs - doesn't harm asking.
I had one installed by a professional. He left a gap big enough for a fly-clan to come through all at the same time
Did two with frames myself. It was a hassle, looks semi-professional but no gaps.
I'll do one just sticking it on the inner frame next week. I probably won't be too happy with it but who knows, maybe they improved the adhesive tape over the past years (one can always hope).

As for a baby I guess something like this woul be a lot easier.

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Strange, my apartment was built in 1986 but there are two handles by every window.

One winds down the the normal window blind, the other an insect screen.
That's cool, you're lucky.
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Re: Help - Window screens - available to buy or do-it-yourself?

Didn't want to start a new thread. Looking for some advice.

We have custom made window screens on some windows but the previous owner had cats and the screening needs replacing where the cats destroyed it. The frames are fine.

I know where to buy mesh but I cannot seem to find somewhere in Switzerland to buy the correct tool to fit the mesh inside the frame. The mesh is held in place with round rubber tubing.

I know it is a bit fiddly to fit the mesh inside the frames but replacing the entire frame is just not an option.

If anyone has done this before and can suggest the best tool for the task I would be grateful.
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Old 29.11.2020, 19:37
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Re: Help - Window screens - available to buy or do-it-yourself?

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Didn't want to start a new thread. Looking for some advice.

We have custom made window screens on some windows but the previous owner had cats and the screening needs replacing where the cats destroyed it. The frames are fine.

I know where to buy mesh but I cannot seem to find somewhere in Switzerland to buy the correct tool to fit the mesh inside the frame. The mesh is held in place with round rubber tubing.

I know it is a bit fiddly to fit the mesh inside the frames but replacing the entire frame is just not an option.

If anyone has done this before and can suggest the best tool for the task I would be grateful.

I've bought the DIY screen kits from OBI before, and the kits come with a little tool that's used for pushing the screen and tubing inside the groove around the frame. If I remember it correctly, it's basically just a small black piece of plastic that's slightly bent. I remember losing that tool once and using a dull butter knife or the flat handle of a teaspoon to push it in, instead, and that worked.

But I can look around a bit, and if I find that tool, I'll send you a PM and could put it into the Post for you.
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Old 29.11.2020, 20:01
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Re: Help - Window screens - available to buy or do-it-yourself?

I think I used a wooden spatula or something similar from the kitchen.
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Old 29.11.2020, 20:07
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Re: Help - Window screens - available to buy or do-it-yourself?

Do you wear glasses? I've always used one of the small, straight screwdrivers for glasses.
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Old 26.03.2021, 10:30
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Re: Help - Window screens - available to buy or do-it-yourself?

Thanks for all the input.

For the smaller window screens, I had a roll of TESA's mesh leftover. It is quite delicate to work with but when installed you can look outside and hardly notice the screening. It is called "clear view".

For tools, I bought a small plastic roller, it is used when you install wallpaper, and that was helpful to get the mesh in the correct position in the screen and lightly roll the tubing on top of it. To fit the mesh, I had to use something smaller to press the tubing in place. Plastic worked best. I have a small kitchen spatula, but the best "tool" was a plastic thingy which was supplied with boots I bought years ago to clean the mud out of the treads. Anything metal punctured the tubing.

For the 4 larger screens I bought new mesh at Obi on rolls, 125 cm wide x 250 cm. It is a bit darker than the Tesa even though they are both sold as Antnrazite, and both fiberglas. Once installed it is also easy to look through.

I did look for kits to make frames for 2 new screens but haven't found any which will stay in place in our windows. The search continues.
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Re: Help - Window screens - available to buy or do-it-yourself?

As we knew we would be here long-term, we bit the bullet and got our friendly local carpenter to fit up and down screens properly. We use shutters at night in bedrooms, so we needd up and down ones. Each room has one window with a up and down screen. Mosquitoes not really a problem here generally, but as we are in rural area, with cows and horses in our meadow- flies are - so that was the first thing we did and a great investment.

We always put them up in winter, otherwise driven snow sticks to mesh.

Nothing is quite square in this old 16C Farm/Vicarage- so blinds have to be made to fit- as mosquitoes will find the smallest of gaps. Ours click into place at the bottom- perfect fit.

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