Replace door and window screening quickly and easily with simple tools. Use pet-proof screening for durability.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:September 2005
Pull out the old
spline and remove
the old screen. Cut a
new piece of screen
about 4 in. wider and
longer than the old one.
Also cut four pieces of
new spline, making each
a couple of inches
longer than the sides of
Clamp the screen to one long side of the frame.
On the opposite side, roll the spline into the
groove, stretching the screen as you go. Remove
the clamps and add spline on the other side.
Repeat the process on the short sides.
A spline roller has
a concave wheel
and a convex wheel.
Use the concave end
first. When all four
splines are in place, roll
them again, this time
with the convex wheel.
Trim off the excess
screen with a utility
knife. Put a sharp new
blade in the knife and
pull it carefully along
Installing heavy-duty screen is a lot easier than training
your pet to stop pushing and clawing at the door or window.
The toughest screen we know of is PetScreen, which is sold
at home centers and online. Keep in mind
that heavy screen has one drawback: It blocks sunlight
and your view more than standard screen.
Heavy-duty screen is installed just like any other
screen. If your screen is in a wooden frame,
you'll have to carefully remove moldings and
pry out staples to remove the old screen. Then staple
the new screen into place, stretching it tight as you
go. Replacing screen in a metal frame may look more
complex, but it's actually faster and easier. All you need are
scissors, a utility knife, clamps, a nail set, a spline
roller and spline. Spline comes in
three sizes; take a piece of the old spline to
the home center to
match the thickness.
steps take about 15
Heavy-duty screening has more strands and thicker strands. It also blocks more of your view.
If you have a damaged window or door screen, you don't need to buy a new frame. Rick Muscoplat, an expert at The Family Handyman, will show you how to replace a screen with a new screen and simple repair
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
You'll also need scissors and a spline roller.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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