From In-Screen Tucks To Mesh Replacement

Man drilling into a wallIf you have just endured a storm’s damaging winds that have left torn and tattered screens, repairing and replacing them can be easily accomplished even by the first-timer. What’s more, with basic Construction Tools already in your toolbox, you can save both money and time by repairing them yourself. Construction tools as simple as a flathead screwdriver, a reliable utility knife or a sports knife, and a pair of scissors should do the trick. You might even be able to repair some screens without removing them from the window casement, using ladders to reach higher windows as needed. If your screens are heavily damaged and require complete mesh replacement, all you’ll need to additionally purchase is spline with rolling tool and the mesh itself.

Repairing Loosened Mesh in Screens

Anyone can tuck in loosened screen mesh in the grooved areas of the screen. Simply take the flat end of the screwdriver and gently tuck exposed mesh back into place. If large portions of the screen have come loose from the storm, remove the entire frame from the window casing and lay flat. If only a small portion is loose, oftentimes it is easier to tuck into place without casement removal, even for upper story windows. Excellent screwdriver sets available at include the Pacao 6-in-1 set and the GRIP 6-in-1 Pro screwdriver set. We have several dozen ladder styles and sizes that include extension, telescopic, and step ladders that are perfect to access upper story windows.

Replacing Torn Mesh in Screens

If more catastrophic damage has been done to your screens, they are still easy enough to replace on your own. Simply purchase enough mesh yardage and spline to cut and install into the screen frame. To do this, you will need to remove the frame from the window casing and cut the mesh with scissors. To get ample enough mesh, measure from outer frame edges and cut accordingly.

Next, your screwdriver will easily pry out the old spline from the screen frame. Once this is removed, cut the new spline so that it fits each length and width of the frame. Place the mesh evenly on the frame top, ensuring that it is taught but not out of grid alignment. Now take the spline lengths and, using your spline tool, insert it into the groove and tuck into place. Try not to force it; just gently secure in place. If any extra mesh remains exposed, simply take your utility knife and crop the excess. Excellent knives available at Equip Supply include the GRIP Multipurpose Folding Knife and the AccuSharp Sports Knives.