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What supplies are needed for replacing many various sized window screens?

Old Levittown home needs all screens replaced ughhh

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Posted 2013-08-08T12:55:39+0000  by daykit daykit

The basic tools you need are:



Utility Knife




Tape measure

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The material you will need:








Screen hardware kit


First measure the where the screen fits into the window.   Then cut the frames to size with the hacksaw. Make sure to subtract the size of the corners from each frame piece, which will usually make each side an 1 ½” smaller than originally measured. Next you put the frame together using the corners.  The corner pieces fit really tight so it takes a little force to get them into place.  Also make sure to install the parts inside the screen hardware kit at this time.


Now you are ready to add the screening. There are a lot of different types of screening material to choose from. The two most common types are aluminum and fiberglass in either silver or black color. Older screens are usually aluminum.  Aluminum is strong, but a little harder to work with. Fiberglass is lightweight and easy to install, but can rip easier than aluminum. I always use fiberglass because of how easy it is to cut to size.


They also make Pet screening. If your dog is anything like mine he probably likes to randomly scratch at the screens while barking like crazy. Pet screening is seven times stronger than regular fiberglass and has proven to resist pet damage.

pet screen.jpg

Another cool (pun intended) type of screen is called sun screening. It is made to protect against UV rays and help insulate your home from the suns heat.

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Installing the screen is probably the most difficult part of the project, which is good because it isn’t very difficult at all. Lay the screen over the frame and use your utility knife to cut the screening about a ½” larger than the frame. Cut the corners of the screening on a diagonal like the picture below.  

screening corner cutting.jpg


Click the picture for The Home Depot’s project guide for screen replacement!


Now start the spline in one corner and roll it in all around the frame using the roller. Remember to hold the screening tight while doing this, but not too tight, just enough so the screening material isnt sagging.  After the spline is in you can use your utilitly knife to cut off the excess screening.

Posted 2014-09-19T15:02:37+0000  by Angelo_HD_CHI
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