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Old 03-10-2018, 03:21 PM   #1
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Casita screen door screws loose

I have a 2013 Casita 17' SD and the upper and lower brackets that attach to the screen door cannot be tightened. I loosened the screws and then tried to hold the screen door tight but it seems that the screen door does not have anything to attach too.
I have attempted to add 2 photos of this issue.
I have read about changing the screws to the next size up and add epoxy to the screws but that seems too temporary.
Help..please.
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Old 03-10-2018, 03:26 PM   #2
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I have a 2013 Casita 17' SD and the upper and lower brackets that attach to the screen door cannot be tightened. I loosened the screws and then tried to hold the screen door tight but it seems that the screen door does not have anything to attach too.
I have attempted to add 2 photos of this issue.
I have read about changing the screws to the next size up and add epoxy to the screws but that seems too temporary.
Help..please.
Can you use bolts? Tinnerman nuts might be another possibility?
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Old 03-10-2018, 04:22 PM   #3
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pop rivets maybe? edit: looks like room for a third hole in the center of the hinge. Too cold to go out and look at mine for another idea.
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Old 03-10-2018, 05:22 PM   #4
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Use the next size up screws. Use rtv between the hinge and door.
Let it setup, done.
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Old 03-11-2018, 11:55 AM   #5
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Actually, moving to the next size up of screw can be durable. Use a short, pan head sheet metal screw, the one with the big, aggressive, thread. Drill the screen door hinge to pass the threads, and the door frame can stay as-is.

Unless your door frame is really stripped out, and in that case you might want to go up two sizes if it would fit.

Alternatives involve
  • pop-rivets, as mentioned above,
  • Taking the door frame off (a messy job) and putting some sort of hardwood or aluminum reinforcement behind it (not recommended!) then reinstalling everything.
  • Some sort of epoxy behind the aluminum frame, which can hold the screws. (also messy)
  • Nuts behind the frame with epoxy (also messy)

Really, unless the hole in the frame is really big, the idea of larger sheet metal screws is sound, not likely to damage anything else, and can be permanent, since it is stronger (larger) than the smaller screws it is replacing.

Have fun with the repair.
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Old 03-11-2018, 12:05 PM   #6
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Whatever you do, be careful taking off the screen door. Went to Rice, bought a new screen door, took it outside to the parking lot and tried to install on our 2013 Casita Spirit Deluxe. Does not line up with the door latches, not even close. returned it on the spot. Could not believe it.
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Old 03-11-2018, 01:14 PM   #7
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Looking at my 2015 SD 17 -
Edit - Oops, 2010 SD 17

Looks like you're stripped screw holes are on the face of the door. Do you also have two screws into the the edge of the door?

I would try taking out all four screws so the hinge will swing away from the door. Then try either:

1. Insert plastic dry wall plugs, maybe cut short to fit in the door frame, and replace screws. If that doesn't work -

2. Drill all the way through the door frame and use machine screws with nuts and washers on the inside of the door.

If the screws into the edge of the door are also stripped either larger screws or 1 may be our only choices.

Good luck.
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Old 03-11-2018, 01:28 PM   #8
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My preferred fastener in my FGRVs is SS machine screw with a nylock nut. Eliminates the need for expoxy, adhesive, lock washers, etc.
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Old 03-12-2018, 12:41 AM   #9
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Thanks for the suggestions. I just found out I have to leave for 3 weeks and I will not be able to decide on how to repair the loose and stripped screen door screws until I return.
I liked most of the suggestions but I will probably start with the easiest as my mechanical ability is still questionable.
Thanks again for the advice.
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