Keep Out Bugs by Screening the Underside of a Porch
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Keep Out Bugs by Screening the Underside of a Porch

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    LESLIE: Terri in South Carolina is dealing with an issue on a screened-in porch. Tell us what’s going on?

    TERRI: Hey, Leslie. We have a porch that was built around an original deck; so it has the basic kind of 2×4-style decking on the floor.

    TOM: OK.

    TERRI: But there are little gaps in that floor and so, even though the screens have been replaced around the walls of the screened porch and that’s all tight, I think maybe bugs are still coming in through the cracks in the floor. Is that possible?

    TOM: Sure.

    TERRI: As far as flies and mosquitoes and those things; so you don’t want to be out there.

    TOM: Yeah, sure. Yeah, sure. Entirely possible. Is there a skirting around the outskirts of the deck? I mean could you put some screening there?

    TERRI: There is on one side but there is one side that’s open.

    TOM: It’s completely roofed?

    TERRI: Yeah, it’s completely roofed.

    TOM: Well then I don’t see why you couldn’t put screening on the underside of the deck, if you can get under there. You know, if it wasn’t roofed and you were getting a lot of grit and grime in there, I might be concerned about the screening sort of holding the dirt but…

    TERRI: You know, I had thought of that and I kind of wondered the same thing because we do have dogs that go in and out.

    TOM: Yeah.

    TERRI: You know, that’s their door to the outside is through that porch.

    TOM: Well, why don’t you put it on the underside of the floor joists? This way it’s not pressed up against the underside of the deck board itself.

    TERRI: Oh, yeah. So there’s a gap.

    TOM: Right, exactly.

    TERRI: So like if dog, you know, drivel off of their feet and maybe food crumbs or something falls in between there, it goes down where you can’t see it.

    TOM: (overlapping voices) Right. Exactly.

    TERRI: Awesome. That’s a great suggestion.

    TOM: Alright, good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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