How to Replace Insect Screens


Maybe your new puppy made his own door by ripping a good sized hole in the screen door. Maybe your cat become overly excited by the fluttering bird outside and climbed the window screen, tearing the screen on the way back down. As pet owners we learn to live with their antics and learn many new repair skills we never thought we'd need. Fortunately, replacing a window or door insect screen is a cheap and easy fix that you can do yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Fiberglass screen roll
  • Scissors
  • Spline roller
  • Spline
  • Measuring tape
  • Measure the inside area of your window screen frame. Write down the length and width. You will need to purchase a screen that is larger than this area and enough spline to go all the way around the window.

  • Remove the old screen and spline from the frame. Usually all you need to do is pull out the old spline by pulling up on the screen to loosen the spline and the whole thing comes off.

  • Lay the new screen over the frame. To keep the screen from shifting while you work lay rocks on the extra length beyond the window area.

  • Attach the insect screen to the frame by inserting the spline. Lay the spline down along the spline tract on top of the screen. Push the spline into the tract with the spline roller. Work your way around the entire edge of the window.

  • Cut off any extra pieces. With scissors trim the edge of the screen so that it does not hang over the frame edge and cut off the end of the spline.

Tips & Warnings

  • Spline is the black rubber string that holds the insect screen into the frame. The spline roller looks like a pizza cutter.
  • The tools you will need can be found at any hardware store.

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