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How To Replace Your Window Screen

by Harvie Simms

If you have noticed tears or large holes in your window screen, it is time to replace it. Screen material is not expensive and it is relatively easy to repair on your own. By replacing it, you can keep pests outside when you want to open the window. Here are some easy instructions for replacing your damaged window screen.

Gather Your Supplies

The first step to any home improvement project is getting the right supplies. Basic supplies are needed for replacing a window screen, some of which you might already have in your toolbox. To replace a window screen, you will need:

  • Measuring tape
  • Utility knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Screen mesh
  • Screen spline
  • Spline roller

Remove the Window Screen

Most window screens are easy to just pop out of the window. It might take a few gentle pulls to successfully have it out of the window. Once it is removed, take a moment to inspect the frame. This will let you know if you can simply replace the mesh inside the screen frame, or if the entire thing needs to be replaced. In most cases, it is just the mesh material that needs to be replaced. Check the frame for any bending or indentations. If it looks fine, you can continue with the following steps to replace the mesh part of the window screen.

Take Out the Mesh

Before you put in new wire mesh material, you need to remove the damaged material. Look on the outside of the mesh material, close to where the frame is. Here, you will find the screen spline. It must be removed in order to take the mesh out. You can use your screwdriver to lift the screen spline out of the frame, then pull it back. Once it is pulled out, you can remove the old wire mesh.

Prepare the New Mesh

You are now ready to start cutting and preparing the new wire mesh and screen spline. Lay your wire mesh over the old screen frame, making sure the grid is square and centered with the edges of the screen frame. Once you have it positioned correctly, cut the wire mesh using your utility knife. You should cut it so that the mesh piece is a few inches larger than the size of the window screen frame.

Insert the Mesh and Spline

Once cut, place the wire mesh on a flat surface, then put your new screen spline on top of it. Squeeze one end of the spline into the corner of the screen frame. While keeping the wire mesh in place, begin pushing the screen spline into the length of one side of the screen frame. Your spline roller will help you to keep the screen mesh in place while you do so. Repeat for all sides of the frame until the mesh and spline are secured inside the frame. Use your utility knife to trim away any excess wire mesh.

For other wire mesh projects, contact professionals, such as Hanover Concrete Company.

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