Diy Home Repair: How To Fix Holes And Tears In Window Screens

Some tips on how to repair torn window screens and a discussion of various techniques to make the repairs.

It seems the minor repairs around the house are never quite completed. Just when you think everything is just how it should be, you notice a loose piece of molding or a scratch on the cabinets. Small upkeep issues might be a nuisance, but tending to them is what keeps your house looking so good. If you can fix a problem yourself and save money, even better. Some small home repairs are very simple for homeowners to accomplish themselves. Like finding a hole in the window screen. Why buy a new one screen if you can fix that one? A small hole can be sewn back together by using a needle and thread or twine. Try to find a twine that will match as closely to the screen as possible, like silver or gray. The very best thing to use is a needle with a large hole and some very thin wire, but thread or twine will work.

Tie a knot in the twine and go through the first hole of the screen that's still intact, beside the tear. Catch the knot of the twine with the needle and pull the needle through the knot, securing the twine to the first hole. Take the thread across the tear, to the next intact hole on the opposite side of the tear. Go back and forth over the tear, following the pattern of the normal screen grid. Go across the tear to the adjacent hole, down one hole, then across to the adjacent hole. Continue this pattern until the hole is covered vertically. Now do the same thing horizontally. Go from the bottom, over the vertical thread, then under the next vertical thread, over the next, and so on. This will put the woven pattern back into the tear.

To get the torn pattern exactly right, it's sometimes easiest to start in the middle of the tear or hole, then work outwards toward the end. Go back to the middle and do the same thing to the other end. For a very jagged tear, cut a square out around the tear, then cut a new piece of screen for that area. With a perfect square, it's much easier to make the repair. Attach the four corners first, then whip stitch the new screen piece to the old one. Trim if necessary.

Sewing screens up is a tedious process but saves a few dollars in the long run. On the other hand, it's sometimes cheaper just to replace the entire screen. Cut the screen an inch and a half longer and wider than you need. On most screens, you simply remove the rubber strip that holds the screen into the casing, then remove the old screen. Lay the new screen on the frame and push the strip into the frame, on all four corners. Now, using a butter knife or something similar, push the rubber strip back down into the recesses, along with the screen. Do this all the way around and you're done.

A more unique way to repair a screen is to glue small trinkets to the screen - one on the inside, one on the outside. This works for small holes and tears. Just glue one jewel or butterfly or whatever you'll be using to decorate your screen on to the outside of the hole, then press another trinket on the inside of the hole. Put a few more of these around on the screen and your screen is decorated beautifully and no one can tell there ever was a hole.

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