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How To Replace the Screen in a Metal Screen Door

By Edited Jun 19, 2015 0 1

Hanging a pretty screen-door with gingerbread scroll work or a solid sturdy door for an added layer of protection, instantly adds curb appeal to the home. Typically, screen-doors and installed in combination with an exterior door. screen-doors offer protection from insects, allow light to enter a room and let a nice breeze blow through. screen-doors are fairly tough and can withstand a lot of use, but are not really able to stand up to abuse or accidents. Cats and dogs are one of the main reasons its in screen-doors are damaged. Seeing an animal or a stranger causes dogs to run full force at it and go through it. They also paw at it to be let out or just to play and end up putting their nails right through iting material. Kids are another enemy of screen-doors, playing hard and fast and sometimes putting hands or toys through it. Fortunately, it can be replaced without having to replace the entire door.

Getty Ready for a New Screen

Measure it-door length and width with a tape measure and note the measurments.

Buy replacement fiberglass mesh screening and spline which is available at hardware stores and home improvement stores.

Lay a tarp or drop cloth over a flat, even surface.

Remove it and lay it on the tarp or drop cloth. Use care not to bend it while working on it.

Removing the Old Screen

Put on a pair of work gloves to protect your hands and fingers from the sharp edges of it screen.

Pry the spline and existing screening out of the groove around the edge of it using needle nose pliers.

If it is tightly wedged in, use a flat blade screen driver and lightly tap with a hammer to break the bond and then pull iting out with your pliers.

Installing the New Screen

Lay the new piece of screening over it.

Use a utility knife to cut the new screen 2 to 3 inches larger than the groove in it-door.

Stretch the new screen evenly over it allowing the extra material to hang over the edges uniformly around it.

Trim all 4 corners of it at a 45° angle to avoid bunching in the corners. The cut screen should just touch the outer edge of the groove corner. Use a metal straightedge to keep a straight line when cutting.

Place the spline on top of it directly over the groove beginning on a long side of it.

Place a wood shim over the spline and gently yet firmly tap the wood shim forcing it and spline into it groove. Stores also sell a tool made just for this purpose although it is not necessary.

Continue down the entire side of it moving the wood shim and tapping it to force it and spline into the groove.

Pull it tightly and begin the same process of tapping and forcing the spline and screen into the groove.

Repeat the process across the top and then bottom of it.

Use a utility knife to trim excess screen from around it.


Take the opporunity to sand and paint wood screen-doors while it is off the hinges.



Jun 16, 2010 11:21am
You appear to have covered everything here, now everyone should know how to do it. My sons dog went straight through a glass door once. Didnt even feel it I dont think smashed the glass though. thank for this. rated
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