How To Repair a Sliding Screen Door with Supplies from Home Depot

How to replace a screen on a sliding door

We were going to buy a new screen door today from Home Depot, luckly they didn't have the size we needed.  That's when we met Ricky.  He figured out that we had a sliding door with a damaged screen and he quickly demonstrated how to install a new screen.

Tools and Parts

  1. Screening spline for holding the screen in the groove of the screen door.
  2. Roller for pushing the spline into the groove of the screen door.  Very helpful, especially if you stretch the spline a little while rolling.  This makes the spline narrower and easier to push in the groove.
  3. Screen.  There are a lot of screen choices. We chose a Phifer Pet Screen not to reduce damage from cats and dogs, but to resist damage from a toddler.
  4. Kitchen knife.  We needed the kitchen knife to push the spline in at the corners, since the roller couldn't fully get into the corner.
  5. Box Cutter.  We used a sharp box cutter to cut off the extra screen.

 

Roll the screen across the door

Lay the spline around the groove and roll it into place

Lay the spline aroung the groove of the sliding door.  If it's hard to push the spline in the groove, stretch it out a bit and then roll it in.  Also pull the screen tight when you are pushing in the spline on the opposite side.  You may need a helpe
Lay the spline aroung the groove of the sliding door. If it's hard to push the spline in the groove, stretch it out a bit and then roll it in. Also pull the screen tight when you are pushing in the spline on the opposite side. You may need a helpe

Cut the excess screen away

Cut the excess screen away at the top of the spline.  Pull up on the screen to create tension and it will cut easily.  Keep cutting all of it off.
Cut the excess screen away at the top of the spline. Pull up on the screen to create tension and it will cut easily. Keep cutting all of it off.

Put the sliding door back in the groove and you're done!

Put the screen door back in to the track and wha-la, you have replaced the screen.  Enjoy!
Put the screen door back in to the track and wha-la, you have replaced the screen. Enjoy!

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2 comments

RAF 8 years ago

Great job on the article, lots of help I like the idea of using the pet screen; we have toddlers too! 'wha-la' is from French, spelled 'voila' (believe it or not).


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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

This hub was just what I needed!! Thank you!! Quick question... What does the .250 mean in the description of the spline (it says Spline .250 25' Black) I know it black and 25 feet, but is the .250 a size? There's a .120 as well.

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