LaCantina Sliding Stacking Glass Door Installation (8): Screen Installation

January 13, 2015


Installing a pleated screen on a sliding door

This is part 1 of a ten-part video series.


Transcript of video:

Video 8: Screen Installation

Lee: So, it's time to put the screen in.

Josh: Joe's back.

Lee: Joe's back. We saw Joe put the non-pleated screen on the folding door.

Joe: This is our pleated screen. On this one, you're going to actually see the pleats and you're actually going to see the cables in between all throughout the whole mesh.

Josh: Okay. More importantly, how quick is this install?

Joe: I'd say about an hour.

Josh: 60 minutes? 45 minutes, I think we can do in 30 minutes. Okay, 20-minute install.

Joe: Let's do it.

Lee: Let's do it. Lunch is over there so.

Joe: I got enough helpers here. I think we can get done quick.

Josh: Oh, that's nice Joe. I like the way you flipped that and we're now your helpers. [laughter] That's great.

Lee: Before we open, is there anything else we need to know about the screen?

01:00 Joe: Just there's this couple of parts, which we can actually go through while we're installing it.

And it's really simple. Now, I'm going to do a list of that.

Lee: So this isn't a canister, this is more of a cartridge. Correct?

Joe: Yeah, so this is our cartridge, our pleated cartridge, and this one runs on a cassette and then you got your cables that are all in here.

And then we call these friction blocks or plastic inserts that go on both the top and bottom, that's pretty much what guides us through the holes on the sill and the head track, and then there's your adjustments and we'll go through all that too when we get this in there.

Lee: Great. So what are these other parts over here?

Joe: So these parts here, all these plastic parts, we call these dust boxes, these are all at the end. Our non-pleated one had those cover plates that you actually had to use a mallet to snap those in.

These ones, don't need to do that. We just pop these in with our fingers.

Lee: They just push in nice and easy.

Joe: Push in real easy.

And then this is the brush seal which will go on the handlebar.

02:04 Joe: And this will go on the end of this handlebar here, which this partial here, goes straight to the jamb when you're closing this door up.

Josh: Cool. Is this all at the end?

Joe: This is all at the end right there.

Josh: I'll put this somewhere safe.

Lee: So Joe, this looks like it can fall apart. We've got wrapping at the end. Here, we've got cables wrapped around the cartridge.

Joe: Yeah.

Lee: We're not touching that right now.

Joe: So we put this on to let people know to not cut this side at all if you ever had to do any trimming on this thing. You would always have to trim at the bottom.

But we already go ahead and prep everything for them.

So they shouldn't be cutting necessary at all on these. So these ones...

Lee: So this is ready to go. It's cut to size.

Joe: Yeah, these are ready and this actually... You don't have to screw this in, this just gets snapped in with a good ol' rubber mallet and block.

Lee: What about this blue tape, do we leave that on for now?

03:00 Joe: So this is really important when you're actually putting these together, you wanna tape these cartridges together that will keep this whole thing in line or else this's going to come out like accordion.

Very, very important.

Josh: So install the whole thing as a unit, don't unwrap anything.

Joe: Yeah, this is how you'll see it in the box on this side you actually wanna throw some tape on here. They just... We have this on here now just to kinda hold these cassettes but when we take these out, we're going to have to cut this, we'll have to tape this together.

Lee: Okay. Shall we tape it now?

Joe: Yeah, I would probably say just tape it now.

Lee: Okay, I'll get some tape.

Joe: So we'll tape this first and then cut this off here. I see you got a blade on you.

Lee: Okay. Now we can take this off.

Joe: Be very careful with the cables.

Lee: You don't want to cut the cable.

Joe: Exactly, that's very important. So you kinda wanna hold this back and then you can just kinda...

Lee: Oh, the cables are right underneath there.

Joe: They're right underneath, so you gotta be very careful with the cables.

Lee: Okay.

04:00 Joe: Okay. We can go ahead and turn this over, unravel these. So, I wanna tape this so we can get the cassette out I'll undo it here. Take these out. This is where your adjustments are when you get the screen in. Set this aside for now. And then we'll tape this nice and tight. 'Cause we don't want this thing to come apart on us.

We're going to do exact same thing on the other side. Okay, so like we did on that side, we're going to do exactly the same on this side here. Get this cassette out, unwind this, set this down here, get all these cables nice so you don't have knots or anything like that.

And then we're going to tape this back on to hold this tight. We're ready to put her in.

05:08 Lee: As long as you don't tangle the strings, you can just carry it over so...

Josh: Probably good idea to open this thing right next to the door too.

Joe: Yes. Alright, Lee so now we're going to go ahead and get this cartridge in.

Lee: How do you tell what's the top and what's the bottom?

Joe: So, the way we do these is we usually have the labels that we put up here. Doesn't say top or bottom.

But we always put the size of whatever it is up on top.

And then that red sticker that you had seen earlier.

You know, that says not to cut, that means that's the top one.

So that always goes on top.

These can be universal from left to right. So if I need it on this side, this will work on this side. If I need it on the right side, this will work on the right side also. So it's universal.

So first thing we wanna do here is make sure all your cables are basically from the top. And you wanna make sure they're around that top, top wheel. You don't want them anywhere stuck in here, 'cause you going to issues and the tension's not going to be correct.

Lee: Right, Okay.

06:08 Joe: You wanna do the same thing on the bottom.

Same exact thing and making sure.

Lee: You group the strings together.

Joe: Yes, you group them together.

Lee: You pull them through tight.

Joe: Yeah, make sure they're not in the wheel.

Lee: Okay, okay.

Joe: Now we're going to get her in here, you can set this on the side.

Lee: Okay, so these cassettes, you just kind of lying off to the side for now.

Joe: Yeah, we're are going to be laying them off to the side. So right now, we're going to get this in. We'll start from the bottom first to get it in the track.

And then that's in. And then you wanna do the top. So now we got the bottom in. So now we're going to put the top in now. You can kinda wanna hold the cables so that way they're basically on that wheel.

Then just slide right in there.

Bring her right up to the jamb.

07:02 Lee: This one gets snapped in place to the jamb.

Joe: Once we get it snapped in, if you have a tremor or so, probably good to use some clamps.

One for the top one for the bottom, just in case if the tape when you're snapping it in may break, the clamp will still hold the screen together before we do the tension.

Lee: So that actually snaps in there?

Joe: So that actually snaps in there. So Josh, could you just hold this for a second for me. I'm going to grab a clamp.

Okay, so now we're going to go ahead and a snap her in. A mallet and a block works, piece of wood, which ever is best that you got. You wanna start from the bottom, and right in this area right here, you wanna go ahead and hit your lock.

Lee: There's a little lip there. Okay.

07:44 Joe: There's is little lip right there, so you wanna get that to that point, you do not wanna hit it from this end or use your mallet and hit it from here. The vibration of this with the wheels can actually break those wheels.

Joe: So, stay away from trying to hit it here with the mallet or a block. You wanna do it from here. And you'll see it'll just kind of snapped in place. See how the tapes broke, that's why you want to use a clamp.

See how it goes all the way in.

And you're going to do this to this side and in the inner side to also.

Lee: Okay, so goes in evenly.

Joe: Correct. So I'm going to start the periphery here and then do the other side. And we'll do the other side now.

Lee: Kind of work your way up the entire screen.

Joe: And you don't really have to smack it too hard, it should just really go right into that groove. All right, that's in. All right.

Lee: Can I let this go yet or...

Joe: And now I need those clamps.

Here we go. Clamp this. Once I clamp these then, yeah, you don't have to hold it.

Lee: Okay.

09:03 Joe: Keep your cables up there.

Then you go ahead and clamp it.

Lee: So if you can't clamp it you just got to keep holding it.

Joe: Or you try to tape it again.

So you clamp it and as you'll see it's going in.

Lee: So, at what point is it safe to let this go once these cassettes are in?

Joe: Actually, if this thing is clamped... Or it's taped...Then this won't go anywhere.

And then with these, that part won't matter.

So as long as you got this secured...

Then you're fine to let go. So I got a clamp here. So we're good. Lee, you don't have to hold it.

I'm just going to put another one on the bottom. Make sure my cables are all in. This is basically so when I tension it, I get an even reveal on that side. And this mesh, when it actually gets open it stays exactly like this. So, this should look like this when you're opening up the screen.

10:08 Joe: Okay. Now we're going to go ahead and start with the cassettes now.

Lee: Okay. So, which one is at the top one?

Joe: So this is the top one.

So putting these together. It doesn't matter if you put the top or the bottom, doesn't matter which one you put on.

Lee: Okay. First?

Joe: Yeah, first. So I'm going to bring this over here.

Lee: So, what are these parts?

Joe: We have these clips here.

And these clips are actually... They go only on the top. On the back part as you could see, they'll clip to the back here.

And this actually snaps into the head track. And holds it in place.

Lee: Okay, do you put these on now?

Joe: Yeah. Well put these on now because I'm actually going to go ahead and do the top first. So I'm going to put three on here.

Usually you'll see a little a couple of extras, but we always give you extras just in case one gets broken or so, while you putting it in.

Lee: Okay. So you put three on each...

Joe: Yes.

Lee: Or just the top one?

11:01 Joe: Just on the top one, I'll put three. So, you'll have a screw that goes here.

And that's going to get screwed into the track.

This anchor hook here actually locks into the top and holds that in place. So morally with these clips is going to help, so when your tension it, it doesn't wanna bow.

So keeps it nice and straight into the track.

Lee: Yeah.

Joe: Okay? I am going to add one more here. We have another one here, this will go on the handle bar, but this will be when we get to that point.

The screws that we actually provide with our pleated screens are self-tapping screws.

Lee: Yeah, two little gold ones.

Joe: Two little gold ones here, one will go on this here.

Joe: So they actually go in here and I'm going to show that right now. One will go on the top...

The other one will go on the bottom into the seal.

Lee: Okay, so obviously when you put it up in the top the open channel faces down?

Joe: Yes.

Lee: Okay, and which end goes where?

Joe: So the way this is... So this is a single pleated screen.

Lee: Yeah.

12:02 Joe: So this anchor is actually going to go towards the end of this jamb.

And you're actually... We're going to install it to the cut of the head track. So she'll stay flush.

Same with the seal, even though you see it doesn't have a cut but you want to keep it exactly the same as the top.

Okay. So with these cables with a little tool, you wanna go ahead and just kind of loosen these. That way we have a little extra slack so you can kind of move these in.

Lee: You're just loosening them up right now?

Joe: Loosen them and I'm going to bring them all over this way. And that just gives you some slack here while you're installing this thing.

Okay, and then I like to always tighten this one here, so they don't start sliding on you.

The way you wanna put this in, wanna do it from the side here and then you are going to turn it and it should click, as it did.

Joe: You're going to bring it over. So where the cut is from the head track, that's your stop point. So put your hand or finger there just to hold in point. Once you're there, then you wanna snap these in. As you heard that snapped in, one here.

Lee: You're just pushing that up into the channel?

13:16 Joe: Yeah. Just push it on into the channel. And it locks.

And then that side there, we're going to drive a screw in there. All right, that's the top. We're going to leave these here for now because we're going to do the bottom first and then we'll tension it. So the bottom, exact same thing. Loosen these up. Bring them on over. There you go.

Lee: Tighten up not the last one again?

Joe: Tighten up the last one so that way they don't start moving on you.

And we do the exact same thing again. And, turn. And then slide it on over, and make sure it lines up exactly the same as that one there. It's the right to the base to the edge of here.

You want the edge of the cassette anchor hook to be right there, and then we're going to screw this in. Now when you screw this bottom in you wanna make sure it's centered.

Josh: On the V, on the V notch?

Joe: Yeah and that's just 'cause that there's a cover that goes on this and you wanna be able so that way it'll pop on real easy for you.


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