How to Replace a Fireplace Screen

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A fireplace screen is a staple on almost any fireplace today. The mesh panels serve multiple purposes, from keeping children and pets away from flames to improving the look of your fireplace. But, if your screen is rusted, warped or difficult to open or close, then it's time to replace the fireplace screen.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Sandpaper
  • Cooking oil spray
  • Detach the rod holding the screen from the fireplace. Screws hold most rods in place. Slide the screen off the rod.

  • Stretch out the fireplace screen and lay it on a flat surface.

  • Measure the height and width of the current fireplace screen. Be sure to measure the height of the screen alone. Don't include the hanging rings in the measurement.

  • Purchase a replacement screen based on the size of the current screen. Ensure the height of the new screen is the same or slightly less than that of the old screen. A screen that is too long will not hang properly.

  • Check to see if hanging rings are included with the new screen and purchase new rings if necessary.

  • Remove any rust on the rod with sandpaper. Spray the rod with cooking oil to keep rust from forming. Slide the new screen on the rod. Replace the rod on the fireplace.

Tips & Warnings

  • Spraying the fireplace screen rod on a regular basis will help prevent rust.
  • Purchase screens made of heavy woven steel wire.
  • If you recently had a fire in your fireplace, be sure the screen is cool before removing it.

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