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    Keeping The Bugs Out

    Here's something I did at my old house and have just finished doing at my new one.

    The screens that are fitted on the inside of windows to keep out the mosquitoes and other flying bugs are often made exactly to size, but the little plastic clips that are rotated to hold the screen tight against the frame often don't do the job.

    Here's a picture of a clip before I changed it:



    You can see that the plastic barely touches the edge of the screen, and that any small bug - one or two millimetre wide - can get between the screen and the frame.

    How to fix it? Just turn the clip over. The "correct" way of installing the clip leaves the lever for turning the clip protruding, but if you turn it over this same protrusion will now push against the screen ensuring a tight fit:




    My new house has aluminium frames with riveted clips, so I had to drill out the old rivets before turning the clip over and re-riveting. It's a lot simpler with wooden frames and screwed in clips.

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    Yeah, clever stuff.
    But the bugs keep coming in every time I open the door, and there are these gaps in the wooden walls and floor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller
    But the bugs keep coming in every time I open the door, and there are these gaps in the wooden walls and floor...
    I know the feeling mate

    RDN those clips are huge !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDN
    ...How to fix it? Just turn the clip over....
    Stupid Farangs! They put things together backwards and think they're better than the Thai way.

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    I think if they had Olympic screen door opening and closing I could get the gold medal. Damn mossies.

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    My screens are all tight. No wooden floor gaps. Then this dude showed u whipped out aswitch-blade, and came in to use the phone.


    Fuckin' guy landed n my arm at about 3:00 AM while I was workin' damn near jumped outta my skin.
    When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty -- T. Jefferson


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    Quote Originally Posted by RandomChances
    Quote Originally Posted by stroller
    But the bugs keep coming in every time I open the door, and there are these gaps in the wooden walls and floor...
    I know the feeling mate

    RDN those clips are huge !!
    It's a "close-up", mate!


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    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie
    My screens are all tight. No wooden floor gaps. Then this dude showed u whipped out aswitch-blade, and came in to use the phone.
    That is one scary m/f!












    Did your girl friend eat it?

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    That looks like the begginings of a good meal

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    Fuckin guy was friendly and cool as fuck lookin'. made this clickin' kinda noise as he flew over to my camera bag. kibnda sounded like that mecanical owl in,... uh that movie you know, with medusa, some other ugly motherfuckers and a good guy?
    Any way he crawled up on hand and flew put the windo I opened for 'im.
    I can see a small moth or skeeter but where the hell this guy came from i'll never know. Oh, yeah if you all want to mosquitos outta the house don't for get the drains in bathrroms and kitchens! Usuall they are just drains out into the open, street gutters or where ever. A little poison down ther and some screen or (better) covers would help

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    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie
    ...don't for get the drains in bathrroms and kitchens! Usuall they are just drains out into the open, street gutters or where ever...
    That's a good point. I don't know why the concept of "U-bends" or "S-bends" hasn't reached many plumbers or builders in Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDN
    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie
    ...don't for get the drains in bathrroms and kitchens! Usuall they are just drains out into the open, street gutters or where ever...
    That's a good point. I don't know why the concept of "U-bends" or "S-bends" hasn't reached many plumbers or builders in Thailand.
    Check FLOOR drains too man I've got screens over 'em Well the ol' lady does. Fuckin skeeters got no taste for my blood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDN
    Did your girl friend eat it?
    Do they get that big if they taste good?

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