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Connecting two panels magnetically serves two purposes. Magnet doorways allow you to pass between panels but also help to create logical gathered swags by strategically creating panel breaks for your porch enclosure.
Magnetic doorways are much easier to separate than unsnapping panels from a wall or column. It takes two panels to form a magnetic doorway and they overlap by 1 inch to seal. Be sure to read about stucco strips that are mini panels enabling you to create magnetic connections to a wall using a mini 3" panelette.
These are NOT ordinary refrigerator magnets. Our rare-earth magnets are freakishly strong and seal doorways. You MUST ORDER enough magnets to space them every 12-18 inches depending upon your wind conditions.
Fiberglass rods insert vertically up into the side bindings to distribute the load on the magnets and complete the seal between magnets.
For each 8ft tall magnetic door way set up, you'll need:
Seal to a wall or column is with our stainless steel marine snaps. The female snap is fastened to any top, side, or bottom binding of a curtain panel. The male snap is on a 5/8" inch screw stud which can be screwed into wood surfaces. Some (regular-shaped) columns are perfectly straight and provide a suitable surface to snap to while others are lathed or tapered (irregularly-shaped).
Be sure to read "Helpful Tips (left) that describe important topics you should consider.
Ideally, you don't want to have to unsnap your curtain to draw it open, so you want to think about usability when dividing your project into connecting panels. Think of a stucco strip as a "mini 3-inch wide panel". Why that name? We don't remember.
One edge of the 3" Stucco Strip snaps to a structural surface like a wall or column while the other edge is set up for a magnetic connection to a larger panel. The stucco strip stays snapped to the wall, but enables the larger panel to be drawn much easier without having to snap and unsnap your porch enclosure.
For each 8ft tall stucco strip set up, you'll need to order these:
These rare earth magnets are freakishly powerful and are made of a brittle neodymium metal. DO NOT let them "slam together" or they will crack. For the most part these magnets are embedded in the side binding of a curtain panel where they are padded and pose little risk, but we want you and yours safe!
If a small child decided to eat a magnet, it would likely pass. However, if the child decided it was tasty enough to eat another, the magnets could pinch the intestines which is VERY dangerous and would require surgery.
These magnets, should not be used in close proximity to a pace maker as they could potentially interfere with the pace maker. We recommend that you speak with your doctor. Read more. If this is of concern to you, call us and we will substitute a zipper door for your porch enclosure that is more difficult to use but is non-magnetic.
Fiberglass rods insert vertically up into the side bindings to distribute the load on the magnets and complete the seal between magnets. For each 8ft tall magnetic doorway setup, you'll need 10-16 magnets and 2 fiberglass rods ordered from the Attachment Items section of the store page.
Regularly-shaped ColumnsA regularly shaped column has a perfectly straight edge from ceiling to floor. A 4in x 4in support post or, a 2ft x 2ft square-base, stucco column would be examples of regularly shaped columns. Regularly shaped columns are easy to snap to since the column has a straight continuous edge. If there are no obstructions, the best path for regularly-shaped columns is a path exterior to the columns, but to end a panel and start a new panel at corners. Each panel snaps independently to either side of a regularly shaped corner column.
Irregularly-shaped ColumnsIrregularly-shaped columns do not have a perfectly straight edge from ceiling to floor. Examples are fluted, spindled, tapered, or bungalow-style columns. Because the straight edge of the curtain will not match the non-linear edge of the column, you cannot achieve a good seal by snapping. For CORNER columns, let the panel "straddle" the corner with a path inside the columns. In the next step, we'll show you how th "pinch" the center of the panel to a corner column using our elastic cord.
Hint: If you have a panel split at an irregular column that is NOT a corner column, you can achieve your seal with a magnetic connection and then snap one panel to the irregular column for stability.
Almost Regularly-shaped ColumnsSome columns have decorative caps with a thin profile with very little deviation from a straight edge. You can treat these as regular columns if you take a path on the exterior side of these columns allowing the panels to form around thin column caps. Remember that if you are taking an outside path to "break" panels at corner columns rather than straddling a corner with a single panel. Open the diagram to see another trick.
You may also treat these as irregular columns and take a path interior to these columns, in which case you would not try to seal to a corner column. Instead, straddle the corner and use elastic cord (described in Step 4) to pinch center of straddled panel to corner column.
Aluminum & Vinyl Siding Shaped Columns
By now you've heard us talk about nailing, screwing and staple gunning, something you would never do on vinyl or aluminum siding. For mounting using Velcro® tape attachment, generally the adhesive-backed Velcro® tape will adhere without reinforcing it with a staple gun. Unlike wood, vinyl and aluminum are not porous and don't absorb moisture.
Adhesive-backed Marine SnapsThese are truly remarkable if done correctly. If you peel and stick and try to pull them off the adhesive will fail immediately. But if you peel & stick and DON'T touch them for 3hrs, the adhesive will have time to cure and will hold VERY well. These adhesive snaps will stick to vinyl, metal, brick and concrete. They will NOT stick to stucco, hardiplank, or sandstone (dusty masonry).
Don't be concerned about tiny gaps around the edges A mosquito is D-U-M-B. It smells certain chemicals you emit and vectors right towards you. They do not search around for tiny incidental gaps.
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Drilling Into MasonryThere are a number of ways to seal the binding to masonry. Male marine snaps can be screwed into masonry using a $3 masonry drill bit (use 3/16" bit) and plastic insert casing (#8 plastic plugs) to receive the screw. For brick, it is best to screw into the mortar and not the brick itself.
Adhesive-backed Marine Snaps
These are truly remarkable if done correctly. If you peel and stick and try to pull them off the adhesive will fail immediately. But if you peel & stick and DON'T touch them for 48hrs, the adhesive will have time to cure and will hold VERY well. These adhesive snaps will stick to vinyl, metal, brick and concrete. They will NOT stick to stucco, hardiplank, or sandstone (dusty masonry).
Other Ideas for Masonry (Stucco)
Place A Length of Wood Against Masonry Surface
While screwing into stucco or brick may not be as difficult as you anticipate, we want what fits your preferences. Take a 2" x 2" wood strip and, if you cut it right, you can wedge it between ceiling (or header beam) and floor against a brick or stucco wall. Use a top L-bracket to keep the wood strip from shifting. Now you can marine snap into the wood strip. When the curtains come down for the season, remove the wood strip.
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