Repairing A Screen Door

Repairing or replalcing a screen door costs time and money. It's tough finding a replacement screen. Follow these steps to replace your screen in less time, for less.

Dogs, kids and normal wear-and-tear can be hazardous to screen doors. Replacing the door can be expensive and time consuming, and unless the door is still considered new, good luck finding the screen that fits at the local hardware store. Following a few easy steps will have your screen replaced- for less money - in no time.

Since you're planning to replace the screen, we'll assume you've exhausted other options like patching or mending. Remember, an all-weather or waterproof adhesive will close up a small hole, and screen patches [found at most hardware stores] can sew over small tears. Both methods are quick and inexpensive.

But for more extensive screen damage, replacement is the answer. Finding the replacement screen that matches your door likely won't be an option. If you're lucky enough to find the right information and locate the company that made your door, you'll likely have a long process to wade through. If your door is older, or discontinued, which happens nearly as soon as you leave the store, chances are you'll be making your own replacement.

Not to worry, everything you'll need to replace a screen can be found at your local hardware store.

Depending on the damage to the screen, you'll need: screen material; spline material; aluminum or wooden framing; a utility knife; a flat-head screwdriver and a splining roller.

To begin, remove the old spline and screen from the frame by prying the spline with a screwdriver. If the old spline is still flexible, it can be reused and save you a little at the hardware store. If not, its simple to find the right replacement.

If the frame is undamaged you can begin replacing the material, again saving some cash and time. If a new frame is needed, grab a hacksaw and start cutting. Measure the aluminum framing material to match the former frame. Connect framing pieces into the corner brackets, which also can be reused if undamaged, and begin replacing the screen.

Unroll the screen material and pull taught over the frame allowing excess material to hang over the edges. Allow about an inch of extra material but make sure the screen is tight and doesn't sag.

Place the splining over the screening material and push it into the grooves of the frame. Use the roller to evenly fill the grooves. The extra material can be cut away with utility scissors or knife.

The screen is finished. Close the door and let in the breeze. But hold onto the excess screen material and spline. There's a chance you may need it again and next time you'll be ready.

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