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Window Screen Repair

Window screens are often abused, not just by the kids (Fig. 1). Sometimes the dogs and cats get in the action (Fig. 2). The repair is easy enough, especially with the newer plastic type screen as compared to the older aluminum type screening. Read on and see how it's done.

Items you will need:

  1. Screen repair material
  2. Spline
  3. Convex/concave roller
  4. Utility knife or scissors

Step 1:

The first step is to remove the screen frame. In this repair, we are working with a screen from a storm door and the screws need to be loosened and twisted (Fig. 3). Next, lift the frame out of the channel (Fig. 4). Lay the frame down on a flat surface.

Step 2:

You will need to remove the old spline section by prying the spline out of the channel (Fig. 5). You can then pull the remainder of the spline from the channel (Fig. 6).

Step 3:

Screen repair kits often include screen which is 36 inches wide (Fig. 7). If you purchase a "all-in-one kit" the screen will probably be 36" x 84", or enough material for two windows. The kit includes the screen, a roller and new spline. Do not reuse the old spline. It has probably become brittle and will not hold the screen as tightly as new a spline.

Step 4:

Lay out the new screen, allowing the screen to overlap the frame. Be sure that there is at least 1/2" of screen beyond the groove in the frame. Before you insert the new spline, you should embed the screen in the grove using the convex roller, but just along one side (Fig. 8). Do not use the concave roller to embed the screen, as this will cute the screen material (Fig. 9). Now, starting in a corner, roll the spline into the groove using the concave roller (Fig. 10). Be careful not to slip off and cut into the screen with the sharp edges of the roller. When you get to the end of the track, you can cut the spline or bend around the corner.

Step 5:

Follow the procedure around the remaining three sides of the frame. Be sure to keep the screen reasonably tight. Don't worry about it being somewhat loose. When the spline is rolled in, this will pick up the slack. Finally, trim the excess screen, using a utility knife (Fig. 11). Be sure to avoid cutting the spline by running the knife blade against the metal frame. Place the frame back in the door and tighten the holding screws.

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