DIY Repairs to Screening
by Greg K. Hansward
Description: How to repair the screens in your windows or doors.
At the height of summer, the only way to enjoy the evening
breeze is to be seated behind window screens; otherwise
mosquitoes and gnats will ruin your evening. Screens,
especially on doors, are easy to rip, so it's a good idea to
know how to simply repair your screens so you can continue to
enjoy summer breezes.
This is an easy task, and even the "unhandiest" can manage it.
With a few simple materials, you can keep your screens
repaired, no matter how many times kids or dogs go crashing
through them. Most of these materials are probably already
laying around the house: wood putty, brad nails,household
cement and screening material and a few tools such as scissors,
a screen rolling tool, a razor knife, a square, a stapler, a
needles pliers, and 1X2 stock to stretch the screening and 1X4
stock for wedges.
A small hole in a screen is the easiest to repair with a patch.
This will work with metal and fiberglass screens, whereas
plastic screens will have to be replaced. Simply measure the
hole and buy a screen patch or cut a patch from a roll of
screening. For a small hole, you will need a patch a half inch
larger than the hole, for a large whole, make the patch an inch
larger. Unravel a few strands of screening around edge of the
patch and interweave them with the screening by bending either
by hand or with a needle nosed screwdriver.
Replacing the entire screen is also simple, but is done
differently with a metal frame than with a wooden frame.
For a metal frame, place the entire screen on a surface large
enough to support it. Remove the rubber edging and set aside
and remove the old screening. You can save the screening for
future use as patches. Measure the required amount of screening
and cut a piece from the screening roll that is a little bit
larger than the opening. Using the screen rolling tools,
tighten the screening into groove and replace the rubber
edging, working your way slowly around the window or door.
After the screening is fitted in, cut off any excess Wit the
razor knife and your screen window or door is ready to be
For a wooden frame, you will need to use the 1X2 stocks that is
slightly wider than the frame. Cut the new screening from the
replacement roll, with sufficient excess. Staple the screening
across the top edge of the window or door, and nail the bottom
cleat to a bench and install the cleats. Roll the screening
over the cleats and nail in place. Insert the wedges between
the cleats and the screen frame and tap them until the
screening is taut. Staple the screening in place every few
inches. Trim excess and countersink the brads to the screen
molding and fill the holes with wood putty. then staple the
whole screen into place by working from the center brace out.
When you remove the wedges, the screen should remain taut. Use
the screen rolling tools to replace the screen moldings and
then just sit back and admire your work!
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