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How to Patch or Replace Screen Doors and Windows

Casa Quickie: Patch Screens and De-Bug in a Jiffy

Spring is here! So if you haven't already, it's time to reinstall your screen doors and window screens. That said, while you're at it, you should check for any holes or tears in the screens. You'll want to enjoy the Spring breeze, but there's nothing relaxing about bugs buzzing around your home. If your screen's tears are smaller than three inches square, it's a cinch to fixed them with a self-adhesive Screen Repair Kit ($3 for five). Just stick one on!

If your screens have large holes that can't be repaired with a patch, you'll need to replace the screening entirely. You can head to your hardware to pick up all of the supplies you'll need. First, you'll need new screening to fit the dimensions of your door — they're sold in standard sizes. Then, you'll need new spline, which is the thin rubber cord or tubing that locks the screen into the groove of the door frame. To put the spline in place, you'll need what's called a screen spine roller, a pizza-cutter-like roller that presses the spline in place. For a step-by-step visual guide to replacing the screen, head to Popular Mechanics.


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