This one is takes a little patience…
Don’t place the next eye hook into the wall until you have figured out how wide your screen door needs to open. You can figure this out by starting to place your nylon rope through the first eye hook and tying it in a secure knot.
Thread the nylon rope through to the third hook , open the door as wide as you need it, and tie to a weight to the end (we are using a Core water bottle. )
The weight should be stopped at the eye hook at the same time the door should be at its widest point.
Once you figure out the appropriate length of rope, then securely screw in the last eye hook.
This is an example of the eye hook stopping the weight at the door’s widest point.
Our weight is Core water bottle that I created with my son as a calming bottle (here is a link to one recipe: http://www.messforless.net/calming-bottles/) There are a few recipes out there.
I highly recommend tying the bottle so it doesn’t hit the ground or having it softly land it a small bucket. You wouldn’t want it to burst on you!
Other info to know…use nylon rope that can carry a load of 8 pounds. You don’t need an eight pound weight, but with the bottle bouncing, kids pulling, etc. it should be strong. I also recommend nylon because it won’t fray like twine.
Here is the final project. The rope isn’t too obvious and the bottle is always near the ground – so again not too bad to look at.
This is the door in motion. Pun intended.