How to Install an Adjustable Window Screen

What You'll Need
Sharp scissors
Utility knife
Screen fabric roll
Protective gloves
Screen spline roller
Screwdriver

An adjustable window screen is something that you can easily install and replace with very little effort. You will find that the frame themselves are fairly durable, but the actual screening material will need to be replaced every couple of years. As long as you have the right tools and knowhow, you will find that this is something that is not very difficult to do.

Step 1 - Pry Window Open

The first thing that you are going to have to do is get your screwdriver so that you can pry open the adjustable window screen spline. This is the part of the window that will cover up the border part of your frame. Make sure that you are cautious whenever you do this so that you do not damage the frame or the window. Go slowly and do not use too much force. You will then remove the spline and get rid of the damaged fabric of your screen.

Step 2 - New Screen

hold in screening mesh

You are now ready to go ahead and get your new screen. It is a good idea for you to make sure that you have the right size screen so as little adjustments need to be made as possible. You will need to measure the area and make sure you get a screen that is not too small. You cannot make adjustments to a screen that is not big enough.

Step 3 - Adjustment

Once you have your new screen picked out, you will then lay it over your frame. Use your scissors to trim it accordingly. You will need to make sure that it is somewhat bigger than your frame. Cut the corners off as well. Your screen should be around one inch bigger than the frame all around. You can adjust if needed after you have finished doing the initial cutting.

Step 4 - Window Screen

You are now ready to get your window screen forced into the spline part of your adjustable window screen. Your screen spline roller will allow you to force it in with less effort. When you are forcing into place, do not use too much pressure or you will run the risk of breaking not only the screen but the spline as well. Simply push it into place and stretch it where necessary.

Step 5 - Finish Up

Once you have your window screen into place, you can use your utility knife to cut off any of the extra screen that you have left. Make sure that you go slowly as you cut so as not to cut off too much. If the screen that you are working with is metal, be very careful as it can easily cut you. You should wear your gloves for this task as it will protect you from the metal parts that are especially sharp.

An adjustable window screen is something that you can easily install and replace with very little effort. You will find that the frame themselves are fairly durable, but the actual screening material will need to be replaced every couple of years. As long as you have the right tools and knowhow, you will find that this is something that is not very difficult to do.

Step 1 - Pry Window Open

The first thing that you are going to have to do is get your screwdriver so that you can pry open the adjustable window screen spline. This is the part of the window that will cover up the border part of your frame. Make sure that you are cautious whenever you do this so that you do not damage the frame or the window. Go slowly and do not use too much force. You will then remove the spline and get rid of the damaged fabric of your screen.

Step 2 - New Screen

You are now ready to go ahead and get your new screen. It is a good idea for you to make sure that you have the right size screen so as little adjustments need to be made as possible. You will need to measure the area and make sure you get a screen that is not too small. You cannot make adjustments to a screen that is not big enough.

Step 3 - Adjustment

Once you have your new screen picked out, you will then lay it over your frame. Use your scissors to trim it accordingly. You will need to make sure that it is somewhat bigger than your frame. Cut the corners off as well. Your screen should be around one inch bigger than the frame all around. You can adjust if needed after you have finished doing the initial cutting.

Step 4 - Window Screen

You are now ready to get your window screen forced into the spline part of your adjustable window screen. Your screen spline roller will allow you to force it in with less effort. When you are forcing into place, do not use too much pressure or you will run the risk of breaking not only the screen but the spline as well. Simply push it into place and stretch it where necessary.

Step 5 - Finish Up

Once you have your window screen into place, you can use your utility knife to cut off any of the extra screen that you have left. Make sure that you go slowly as you cut so as not to cut off too much. If the screen that you are working with is metal, be very careful as it can easily cut you. You should wear your gloves for this task as it will protect you from the metal parts that are especially sharp.

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