Hey there fresh air seekers! There’s nothing better than throwing open a window during those first few days of spring and letting the fresh air in. That is, unless you have a torn or missing window screen. Then there is nothing worse than letting bugs, bees and flies into your house! No worries, because today I’m going to show you how to replace a window screen!
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Last week I was telling you about how I needed a new window screen for my bathroom. I built a new window screen frame and shared plans for a DIY wood window screen frame you can build yourself.
When we left off last time, the frame was complete, but missing one critical thing to make it a window screen… the screen! Today we’ll take that empty frame and install the screen. I’m installing the screen on a new frame, but you can also use this technique to replace a window screen on an existing frame. On a side note, I just noticed the drop cloth I used in this pic looks like Rorshach inkblot test! I’ll have to get a less distracting one for future pics!
How to Replace a Window Screen
.125″ diameter spline
Screen Rolling Tool
Step 1. Cut a piece of screen larger than the frame opening.
Step 2. Start the spline by using a flat head screwdriver to push the spline in the groove.
Step 3. Insert the spline by pulling firmly on the spline and using a back and forth motion with the Screen Rolling Tool to push the spline into the groove until you reach the corner.
Step 4. Turn the corner and push the spline on the next side into the groove with a screwdriver. Continue around the frame using the instructions described in Step 3.
Step 5. When you reach the final corner, cut the spline with a utility knife.
Step 6. Remove the excess screen using a utility knife.
That’s all there is to it! Now you can replace a window screen on your own. Just install the frame and your home will be bug, bee and fly free!