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Replacing Window Screen Mesh And Spline


window screenWindow screens are nice to have, unless yours is tattered and flapping in the wind. In most cases, the screening mesh has torn, rather than the spline pulling up from the window screen’s frame.

If the window screen frame is bent, just replace it. Trying to put new mesh on a bent frame is a waste of time and money. Here is an article on window screen installation.

If the frame is straight, cut the mesh several inches larger than the frame and lay it over the frame on a flat hard surface. The mesh will get tucked into a groove on the back of the frame with a spline. A spline is nothing more than a continuous piece of round rubber with little fins sticking out of it. The spline gets pushed into the groove and holds the mesh in the groove with the friction from the fins on the spline.

Starting at a corner, lay the spline over the mesh and push it into the groove. The right tool looks like a mini pizza cutter and makes quick work of this job. If you don’t have the tool you can always use a blunt object, like a screwdriver, but be very careful as the mesh cuts easily from an errant push with a screwdriver.



Putting a screwdriver through a screen is all to easy to do and most homeowners who replace their own screens have done it.  
An inexpensive spline roller costs less than $10 and will easily pay for itself by saving your readers' screens as well as time having to go get more screen from the store.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 16, 2011 2:42 PM by Screens
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