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Does it Work: Magic Mesh

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If you feel like you're constantly going in and out of your back door on summer days, there's a product that promises to help you do it with ease. Magic Mesh is designed to help you let the fresh air in and keep the bugs out, but does it work?

Whether you're lounging by the pool or firing up the grill, it's nice to get outdoors. But all that traffic in and out can mean bugs where you don't want them.

Matt and Tammy spend a lot of time with their kids and dog going in and out, so we recruited them to test out the Magic Mesh.

The box says it installs in seconds, but it actually took about 10 minutes. You start by aligning the magnets, then finding the center of the door. Velcro attached the mesh to the door frame, but the Velcro is not as strong as the magnets, and areas came loose several times while they tried to put the Velcro strips on the side.

Once it was ready to go, we put the screen to the test with Claire and Paige. As they went through, the screen was getting caught and not closing all the way.

"It was only about an inch or inch-and-a-half too long, which caused it to drag on the outside carpeting," said Matt. "And as soon as it started to drag, the magnets weren't strong enough to pull it back together."

Their door was 80 inches tall, which is the standard height. Tammy found some bobby pins to help hold it up, and it worked better after that.

The box promises that Magic Mesh works great for pets, too, so we recruited their dog Shaggy. He seemed to have no hesitation or problem.

There were still a few times when the magnets didn't quite snap back together, which isn't ideal for keeping bugs out.

"Sometimes it doesn't close all the way, but for just ease going back and forth, I would give it a B," Tammy said.

The Magic Mesh, which sells for $14.99, snaps up a passing grade in this Does it Work test.

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