How to Fix a Screen Porch


Screened-in porches are wonderful places for people to sit in the evenings and just visit with one another. Unfortunately, problems arise with biting insects when the screen is in disrepair. It is in your best interest and the interest of your guests to know how to fix the usual screen porch problems.

Things You'll Need

  • Screening material
  • Paint
  • Measuring tape
  • Shears
  • Thin strips of plywood
  • Tape
  • Spline roller and material
  • Utility knife
  • Rubber mallet
  • Buy screening and any other necessary materials at your local home improvement or hardware store to fix the problem with your porch.

  • Remove the old screen and holders. Be sure the wood that holds the screen is in good condition.

  • Clean any trash left behind by brushing it away. Clean holes and paint the wood porch frames.

  • Measure the screen area you must fix. Cut the screening with shears, leaving it 1 inch wider and longer than you need. Cut plywood pieces to use as base portions to go over the screen at the edges. Leave a small groove against the wood.

  • Use wood screws to attach the strips and screen to the wood frame. Hold the screen in place by taping the ends.

  • Hold the rope-like spline in place at the top of one of the sides. Use the spline tool to push the rope into the groove. Go all of the way down one side. Repeat with the three other sides.

  • Cut away the excess screen with a utility knife. Use a rubber mallet to make sure all sides of the screen, including the plywood strips, are secure.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't worry about tearing out or trying to fix porch screen that is in good condition.
  • If a hole is small, patch it with a small square piece of screening cut larger than the hole. You will need to weave the threads of the patch into the holes of the larger screen.
  • Wear gloves and eye protection when repairing screens.

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