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Pack shed upgrade: Installing a screen door

Around the farm I’ve been making little changes and upgrades along the way. My most recent one was adding a “screen door/wall” to my pack shed.

The primary reason for adding the screen door was to help with air flow, especially in the summer months. Our pack shed is where our walk-in freezer is housed, along with all of our packing supplies. In the summer the freezer works harder and releases a lot of heat into the building. On some days it’s hotter inside the building than it is outside! We will also be installing a ventilation fan this summer as well.

The screen door also lets more light in and keeps out larger debris when the wind blows, mosquitos, and even barn cats. It’s been a great addition to the pack shed, especially for added comfort when we’re packing customer orders. When we aren’t working, we can close the garage door and screen door just stays up on the outside. In the winter time we will take it down, or slide it to the side and secure it for the winter.

One of our local farmer friends, Mike who runs Threshing Table Farm with his wife Jody, gave us the idea on the giant screen door. They have two of them on their veggie pack shed on their CSA farm.

A little more on our set up:

  • 10×10 screen door
  • Track system at the top, so the door can be pushed to the side to easily use the garage door opening
  • Strong magnets and stays along the side, which attach to the metal building

The set up was way easier than I anticipated. I was also thinking I’d need another set of hands to help me put it up, but it really wasn’t necessary. The instructions were pretty clear. The bulk of the work was installing the track system at the top of my garage door.

We purchased it from MosquitoCurtains.com. We were able to build it to our specifications, including size of the screen and how it would mount. The staff we worked with to order were very helpful and asked questions about our set up to make sure we were getting the hardware we needed to accomplish our goals.

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