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How to Replace a Window Screen | Repair and Replace

How to Replace a Window Screen | Repair and Replace


Hi, I’m Vance
and welcome back to repair and replace. Today I’ll show you how to replace a
fiberglass or aluminum window screen. To begin, you’ll need,
screen mesh, spline, spline tool, a flat blade screwdriver,
utility knife, scissors, duct tape and a cloth. First remove the old frame. Place it
on a flat surface, with the channel facing upward. Starting in the corner,
pull and remove the spline. Its best to replace the spline
when installing the new screen as the old spline can become
compressed or brittle over time. Next remove the old screen. Now clean the screen channel
with a cloth or paper towel. Next measure the channel width
and select your screen and spline. For an aluminum screen, choose a spline
diameter of the same size or slightly smaller, as the aluminum mesh will
take up some space in the channel. Aluminum screens are thicker
and more durable but have a memory, which means when you set it into the channel,
you only have one chance to get it right. For a fiberglass screen, choose a spline with a
slightly larger diameter than the channel width. Overall, fiberglass screens are thinner,
and are easier to cut and install. They are more forgiving if you don’t get the right fit the
first time, but be careful not to rip the screen. Both aluminum and fiberglass screens
are available in a variety of widths from 2 feet all the way
up to 6 feet or more. Meshes that are 3 or 4 feet wide
should fit most household windows. To make it easier, you can use duct tape
or clamps to secure the frame. Now place the window tabs into the channel,
with the tabs pointed downward. These will sit below the screen. Lay the screen on top with
at least 1 inch of overlap on each side. Trim any excess material. For aluminum screens, you’ll have
to pre-shape and indent the screen using the convex side
of the spline tool. Hold the screen tight and roll the tool back and forth
till the screen forms nicely into the channel. Now push the spline into
the channel to get it started. Flip the tool over and use the concave
side to roll the spline into the channel. Keep some tension on the screen
and continue to indent, and lock each adjacent side
until you complete the entire frame. For fiberglass screens,
you don’t have to pre-shape the screen. Push the spline in to get it started. Use the concave side of the spline tool,
and roll the spline into the channel. Keep the screen tight as you roll the
spline all the way around the frame. Now cut the spline and
push the corners down into the channel. Finally trim the screen. Use the spline as a guide and
run the razor knife down each side Now that the new screen is replaced,
it can be put back into the window. If you liked this video,
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