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Old 01-05-2015, 07:34 AM   #1
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Question Lock on the screen door HELP

I need to install a decent lock on my screen door. I have cats that have figured out how to open it and that isn't safe. But I need something sturdy. Has anyone installed any locks on the screen door? Thank you for any help!
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Many options like a sliding bolt for a couple bucks.

It all depends on if both sides need to control it.

Suggest visiting a couple well stocked hardware stores with one or more an ace or other possible mom and pop type place where the folks have some smarts.
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Good idea. Just wanted to make it safer for all of us!
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I have 2 one low one high and they are the type with a eyelet screwed into one or the other (Door,Frame),the other piece looks like a L and latches into the eyelet.I will try and find a picture.
They were used years ago. I have something like the top one. they are not real balky and stay out of the way. Has worked for us and the girls.

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Here's what I did to keep my Boxer from opening the screen door. Went to Ace Hardware and got fasteners that are used to secure old time screens in frames. Simple things really. Drilled thru screen door frame and secured fastener with small bolt and nut, added super glue to nut once I determined tightness, also added a few washers to bolt inside of door to bring out the fastener to correct width to allow fastener to be swung over door frame. Trial and error to get tightness right. I also put fastener midway on door to allow me to access it from outside of door so I could keep dog in the MH when I went outside. My door frame didn't allow for the simple bolt type of lock that I first thought of using.

Here is fastener in the closed position:



Here is what it looks like open, it stores well and does not get in the way of normal operation:



So far the dog has not been able to open door, but I'm waiting. LOL
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I use one of these cam-type locks, just the cam of course http://www.amazon.com/Ives-Schlage-0...s=window+latch

It's pop-riveted to the inside of the screen door and when closed it bears against the door frame; I get to it by reaching through the slide cover.
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Wish I could post a photo here

What I did, the slider that covers the handle for the outer door.. i addd a wood block so if slider is closed it inhibits the outer door from latching

Then I added a dowel rod, and drilled a hole so the dowel, when the slider is fully closed, engages the frame,, Cats have not figured that out yet.

option 2 is easier.

Hook and eye type latch, put it inside (Or outside) where the slider is so you can slide the slider and access it from either side

A small block of wood (1x2 say 3 inches long) on the outside makes it easier to slide from that side.
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All of these ideas and photos are great! I really appreciate all your help!
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