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Dennis in MA
10-23-2012, 18:06
I've got an 8x16' screen porch. I'm thinking of temporarily winterizing it. Maybe heavy mil plastic. It would allow me a winter smoking lounge. Heat would be temp with propane.

Thoughts on logistics? Outside walls are 8' high screens. Wood framing OUTSIDE the screens. Ceiling us doable to hang something from.

Booker
10-23-2012, 18:35
I had a similiar set up. I closed the bottom half of the walls and had plexiglass windows, that were removeable, for the uppers!

Not only made the place comfortable, it kept the Colorado winter outside, where it belongs!

PBCounty
10-23-2012, 18:40
When I considered doing it I was going with the plastic with magnets on it around the edges and I was going to attach a contact points around the edges of each screen "panel." That would keep it in place pretty well against the breezes.

Glock20 10mm
10-23-2012, 19:24
My dad set our porch up with glass along the bottom up to about waist height then he build custom frames and mounted heavy plastic to them. During the summer we pulled the frames out and put them in our storage barn, come fall we would pull them out of storage make any repairs needed and put back in place. Worked pretty well.

Dennis in MA
10-24-2012, 09:33
When I considered doing it I was going with the plastic with magnets on it around the edges and I was going to attach a contact points around the edges of each screen "panel." That would keep it in place pretty well against the breezes.

Hmmm. That may work. I don't want anything too permanent. I like the very open feel in late spring-early fall times. Even now, it's not that bad with a heater out there. But in January, it would be nice to get it into the 50's out there. It's not a lot of space, so several thousand BTU's would be sufficient.

Dennis in MA
10-24-2012, 16:47
Dangit. All aluminum. Any other ideas, knowledge base? I was thinking third-hands.

Bruce M
10-24-2012, 16:52
Maybe something like binder clips? http://blog.fabshophop.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/BindersClipN00004.jpg

RWBlue
10-24-2012, 19:08
A photo may help.

I remember using plastic, wood strips, and a staple gun and a heat gun to seal the windows on an old house. Seems like it would work for your situation also.

ithaca_deerslayer
10-24-2012, 19:39
I'm having a hard time picturing your screen porch having been built in the NE without windows to close. What happens in blizzards? Does it fill in with snow? What about sideways rain storms? What is the floor made of?

Dennis in MA
10-25-2012, 11:59
Lemme get some pix later. It's a Cape with a wrap-around farmer's porch. We had screens installed INSIDE the railing. Yes, it gets snow in winter and rain year-round. It's south-facing so closing it in assures it to be roasting hot in summer.

PBCounty
10-25-2012, 12:31
If you got the change...these are pretty cool. A buddy has them:

http://www.pgtindustries.com/Pages/Main.aspx?PageID=105

hotpig
10-25-2012, 16:54
Here is mine. I made these about four years ago with 1"x4" frames and the heavy plastic that has strings running in it. I just screw them on at the end of October and take then off in the Spring.

I put the west wall up today but the temp dropped about thirty degress in a half hour sending me to the computer instead of working in the yard.

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o701/hotpig27/th_DSCN0170.jpg

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o701/hotpig27/bth_DSCN0171.jpg?t=1351203739

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o701/hotpig27/bth_DSCN0172.jpg?t=1351203871

RedTop
10-25-2012, 17:20
Dangit. All aluminum. Any other ideas, knowledge base? I was thinking third-hands.

You can try to quit smoking!

Dennis in MA
10-25-2012, 19:11
Some other good. . .and not so good. . . Ideas. Lol

I think I'm gonna try the third hand thing this weekend. If that fails, I may need to build frames.

Jack_Pine
10-25-2012, 19:18
I just got done doing the plastic over the screen routine at the cabin last week. We do it every year and it works great. Keeps the inside warmer and keeps snow off of the firewood.

I have a bunch of short 1*2 boards I just screw in to the outside walls over the plastic. Probably would not work for you because it leaves small hole. I don't care, it's stained cedar and I really don't notice them when I take it down. Plus, like I tell the wife, it's a cabin.....................