How To Repair Replace Screen Door Screens
Hi! I replaced a screen door screen for the first time in my life today. Fixing a screen door screen is not particularly hard to do. Honestly, the shrub near your home is more mechanical than I am, so if I can install a screen, you can too!
I'll also apologize in advance for not taking pictures while I did the repair. I didn't think of writing this article until the next day (and could have kicked myself for not thinking of this sooner :-)
Please read on to learn how to replace screen door screens.
Before You Begin to Repair Replace Screen Door Screen
Go out and buy a screen door repair tool that I have pictured below.
Buy a screen that is able to overlap the door window at least a couple inches on each side.
Buy a spline (looks like a round, long gasket) that is equal to the diameter of the spline holding your screen in. See steps and pictures in rest of the article to see what I mean.
Have a utility knife handy
Have a pair of pliers handy
Screen Repair Tool
Step 1 Remove Screen Door
The first step you'll want to do is remove the screen door and lay it flat on the ground. Lay it down on a firm flat surface.
Find the Screen Spline
With the screen door laying on the ground, look for the screen spline. My great friend Jackie is pointing to the screen door gasket in the photo above. It looks like a long, round, dark, rubber string that runs along each side of the screen.
Remove The Screen Spline
Pull the screen spline out. This might not be easy. I took a utility knife and sliced the screen door spline lengthwise for a couple inches in one of the corners. From there I was able to take pliers, grab the end of the screen door spline and pull out.
Remove the Screen
Once you have pulled out the screen gasket, remove and discard the old screen.
Lay New Screen Over the Door
Take the new screen and lay it over the screen door. Lay it so that at least two inches extend beyond the screen door gasket groove.
Run Screen Installation Tool Through Groove
Roll the screen repair tool (pizza cutter looking tool) in two of the grooves so that the screen gets pushed into the grooves. Do this of course with the door still on the ground. Do only two sides for now. Do the groove along the top of the door then one of the sides.
Install The Spline
Start at the corner where the two grooves your just rolled out come together. Press the screen door spline into one of the grooves as close to the corner as possible. Then, continue to press the spline along the entire groove using the screen tool
Repeat this process for the other groove your pressed the screen into as well. Start the second spline at the corner that the first spline shares. Install/roll away from the first spline.
I am sorry to say that normally when you do this, you would have the door removed and laying on the ground. In this picture, the door is already installed. I forgot to take a picture when it was on the ground but still wanted to give you an idea of what the tool looks like against the spline. Do this step while the door is laying flat on the ground. The picture is inaccurate but it will give you an idea of how to start rolling close to the corner.
Pressing the Spline into The Door
Run Screen Installation Tool Through Other Two Grooves
Run the screen installation tool through the other two grooves. When you do this, always start the groove at the corner of one of the splines you already installed and work your way away from that spline along the long groove. This will help you to keep the screen tight. Repeat for the other groove.
Install Gasket in Final Two Grooves
Install the gasket along the long groove working away from the other spline Like above, use the screen tool grooved-side to work the spline into the groove.
Do same for the final groove.
Go Over Gasket Again and Reinstall Door
Before reinstalling the door, inspect the gasket once again to be sure it is firmly in the screen door groove. If it isn't, go over the screen again with the screen door tool.
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