How to Fix a Screen Door Panel

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If your screen in your metal storm door has been damaged by your pet or the wind and is no longer effective in keeping those pesky bugs out of your home, you can replace the screen yourself and save on the cost of a maintenance man to replace the screen.
With the proper know-how, it's possible to have your new screen installed in as little as 30 minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Screen material Rubber spline or use the present one if possible Mesh cutters or utility knife Screen installation tool-make sure the tool fits the channel
  • Remove the old screen by loosening the spline and pulling it out of the channel, being careful not to damage or tear it. Once you have removed the spline, check to make sure there is no damage to the spline so you can reuse it. If it is not reusable, measure the length of the present spline and add 2 inches to make sure you purchase enough spline material for the installation. Clean the channel as thoroughly as possible to ensure a tight fit for the new screen.

  • Cut the new screen the same size as the outside edges of the metal frame into which it will be installed.

  • Lay the screen across the frame. Lay the spline onto the channel and using the wheel of the installation tool, roll the spline into the channel across the top and one side only. Be sure you use small strokes to make a tighter fit.

  • Holding the screen loosely but slightly taut, begin rolling the spline into the channel down the remaining side. Repeat this process across the bottom.
    As you work the screen will tighten as you roll the splines into the channels on these last two channels.

  • Cut off any excess screen material to the outside edge of each channel.
    Replace the frame back into the door.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use a putty knife instead of an installation tool.
  • You may wish to wear gloves so you won't prick your fingers on the raw edges of the screen material.

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