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How to secure a sliding screen door?

Our apartment's sliding screen door doesn't provide enough security. The back patio is public for all tenants/visitors who are going to the main pool. Our landlord does not want to spend extra $$ on security for the screen door. He suggested that we add it. Please advise

4 comments
  • Betteloum
    Betteloum
    on Aug 21, 2016

    Buy a heavy wooden dowel or broom handle at Home Depot or Lowe's, cut to the length of your sliding door track. Insert for security!

    • Sue2013
      Sue2013 Tonopah, AZ
      on Aug 21, 2016

      This works for the Glass sliding part when you want to secure the whole door. This person is looking for the screen to be secured. I do that with the stick at night when we are asleep.

  • Sue2013
    Sue2013 Tonopah, AZ
    on Aug 21, 2016

    We put a security chain on the screen door and the chain goes to the frame inside our house on our wall. Its the kind of chain for the doors that people put on their inside doors in apt. for security so when you open the door the chain can let you see who it is but is still in a locked potions I hope you understand what I'm saying. We screwed the small hooked end to the screen and the chain part to the inside frame of our inside our next to our door. Just measure so you can hook it tight but so you can up hook it. I hope that helps. It works for me.

  • Crystal Meyer Griffith
    Crystal Meyer Griffith Baker, FL
    on Aug 24, 2016

    Security for a screen door is almost impossible since anyone can simply push the screen in. They are far too flimsy and you should not have any feeling of security even with locks, etc. The sliding glass door is different. 2 sticks can ensure no one comes in. One stick should be slid into the space above the door so it cannot be lifted off the track and another to place on the bottom track so it cannot be opened. If both your doors slide, you will need to drill a hole where the doors overlap and place a pin of some type into the holes so neither door can be moved.

  • Meri C
    Meri C Winnemucca, NV
    on Aug 26, 2016

    If you really want security, put in a door alarm. If someone tries to come in while the alarm is activated, you'll know it.

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