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Tips For Replacing A Torn Window Screen

Monday, January 11th, 2010

If you’re starting the new year with doing a few projects on improving your home, we have a few tips for you on how to take care of your window screen! This is a perfect blog entry for those who live in wine country since your homes have window screens- an essential during hot summer days! This is a relatively easy project that would cost $80 for a professional to do it for you. To get started with this project, you will need scissors, a utility knife, spline, a flathead screwdriver, mesh-screening material, and a spline rolling tool.

1. Once you have all your tools, slowly remove the screen on its frame from the window. This should be relatively easy as the screen usually pops out. Place it on a flat surface and use your flathead screwdriver to pry off the strip of rubber or plastic that holds the screen in the frame.

2. Then, get the new mesh that you have and align it on top of the frame. Make sure you keep the grid straight to make it look neat. Get your scissors and cup the replacement screen to the size of the outer edge of the frame. Carefully cut a small square from each corner- approximately the width of the frame- to prevent the material from bunching where the edges meet.

3. Then, starting in one corner and working your way up on one side, push the screen into the channel with the convex end of the spline rolling tool. The goal is to achieve a slight indentation- there is no need to jam it in.

4. Insert the spline before moving on to another side. Use the concave end of the spline rolling tool to push the cord into the channel over the top of the screen; hold the screen as you go so it doesn’t bunch. Once you’re done, simply repeat steps 3 and 4 for the remaining sides.

5. Afterwards, push the spline into the corners with a screwdriver. Cut the spline overhang with scissors. Use a utilitiy knight to trim the excess screen around the frame.

See, now wasn’t that easy? We hope these tips from DIY Home will be of great help for your window screens. If you need help with other repairs for your home, please feel free to contact us and we’d gladly be of assistance!

Have a wonderful week!