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Repairing a Torn Window Screen – Easy Home Repairs

Repairing a Torn Window Screen – Easy Home Repairs

A quick and easy do it yourself home project is repairing a torn window screen. For a small hole or tear you can use a self-adhesive patch available from your neighborhood Ace Hardware store.  But, for a larger tear, you’ll need to re-screen the frame.

First you’ll take the old screen out. Use a screwdriver to get underneath the old screen spline and pull it out from the channel inside the frame. Bring the old spline, a sample of your screen and your screen frame size to your neighborhood Ace Hardware store so that we can help you pick out the correct materials to create your new screen.

Once you have the materials, roll out the screen and let it overhang on all sides of your frame. Use a sharp utility knife to cut the roll. Using a spline tool, install the new spline into the channel of the frame. Start at one corner and slowly roll across the spline pushing it and the screen into the frame channel.

After you’ve gone around the entire frame pushing the spline and screen into the channel, run your sharp utility knife along the outside edge of the spline to cut away excess screen material. You now have a new screen ready to go back into your window frame.