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Old 07-27-2018, 11:30 AM   #31
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An inside mount something would be tighter to the screen and keep more water out.


But if I understood all that (BTW, good job) C/D consumes an inch of B and really does not leave enough space to mount anything to the wood portion.


To my mind that leaves the only logical option to mount something outside the header in that 7" +- of space.


You can home brew a solution or buy something. I can show you how to make a board mounted roll using Jonny's vinyl which I did not get around to pricing.


Have you even considered a smooth (for cleaning) vertical blind? I did not shop around, I picked one site and priced out a 90 x 84. The price was 187.00 at this site: blindster.com/vertical-blinds/smooth-pvc-vertical-blinds/


In most cases chains can be added to the bottom to reduce blowing in the wind.


I also found these while looking for a custom roll up : https://www.walmart.com/ip/Burnt-Bam...14&athena=true



That may be a bigger hit than you want to take. There may be better pricing elsewhere. But I doubt you will find them for less than 125.00 for the bigger ones.
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Old 07-27-2018, 01:05 PM   #32
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Colbyt- Thanks! But, as I expected, I ended up misstating one of the measurements; that being D (actual side of the vertical metal posts). Should be 5/8" NOT 7/8". Which means that there is actually 5/8" available to mount something on surface B. But, that would still not be on the inside against the actual screen.

The only way to get against the screen is to mount on F, which is close to 2" of available space, but would require boring into the metal (ugh). However, that approach would also mean either: 1.) an additional set of much shorter blinds in order to cover the lower screen portions directly above the kickplate; or 2.) letting the blinds/vinyl/etc. fall over the horizontal metal bar that segregates each window into 2 panels, thereby losing some of the effect of placing the blinds against the screen in the first place.

Now you can see why I've been shooting all along to replicate my old header mount (A)style!

Let me take a look at the vertical blinds and the other link you provided as well. I'll let you know what I think!
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How about this


https://www.amazon.com/Cross-Land-Co...547644011&th=1
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Old 07-27-2018, 01:25 PM   #34
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Well, that was quick! I've already looked at the blinds you mentioned above.

The vertical blinds would come close to $600 in total, and even with chain to weigh them down, I wasn't sure how effective they would be. Hate to blow $600 only find out it really is not accomplishing a whole lot.

The roll-up blinds that are at Walmart are bamboo - wasn't sure how well/long they would hold up being hit with rain, so I shied away from those. Although, I have read that you can treat bamboo in order to make them more rain resistant.

Additionally, I didn't see anything larger than 72" wide. So, on the two larger screens, I would have to perhaps buy 2 48" blinds per screen, and cut them down to size (if material can be cut easily) - assuming there is enough clearance between the edges of the blinds and the outermost hook/cord connection. Same goes for buying 2 60" blinds to go on the two smaller screens.

Lastly, the longest length is 72". I guess I could live with that, because that would only leave about 4" of the bottom screen panel exposed.
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ZTMAN- Thanks! Good possible alternative - except the widths are not conducive to what I need and with the roller concept, they can't be cut down to size. Probably would have to find something comparable that could be custom made - and very likely costly.

However, I totally get your "I don't mind spending money, I mind wasting money"!!
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I understand. I sold a home that had a screened porch. It had the horizontal roll up wood slat blinds.
I only lowered them for Noreastrers and they worked pretty well. Each panel was about eight feet long and hung from the headers.
If you can't find blinds wide enough, two panels that cover the same area would work. Not totally water tight but good enough for government work.
I think the blinds you are looking for would have to be custom cut.
Probably worth to spend the money up front to get what you are happy with.
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UPDATE: Managed to scrounge up the Lewis Hyman Radiance blinds that I thought might work. They are CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP. They have also been discontinued - no wonder. Taking them all back to the stores I bought them from - and starting all over again.
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What about home or RV roll up awnings. Not sure if they come in clear material but probably do.

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I'm trying to attach a link for you. Try again. Got it. Lots of ideas here, hope this helps.

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Kenny - Thanks! I briefly looked at the link, and will look at it in more detail.

Since I really only want them for reducing rain blow-in, I'm not sure whether or not I care if they are clear. One of the reasons I was leaning toward blinds (instead of solid plastic, etc.) was because I thought they would dry quicker and reduce mold/mildew issues. But, given I can't find blinds, solid awning type materials may be the next best alternative.
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ron45 - Those look very nice! Way too much for my 'rinky-dink' patio though.
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