Repairing And Replacing A Damaged Window Screen
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REPAIRING AND REPLACING A DAMAGED WINDOW SCREEN
A. This procedure includes guidance on patching a hole in a
window screen, and removing and replacing the screen, if
B. Screens are window accessories that are available in many
forms. They can be mounted inside or out, be made of
wire or fiberglass mesh with frames of wood, metal, or a
combination of both. Screens can be magnetic, removable,
C. The Regional Historic Preservation Officer (RHPO) should
make the decision as to the appropriateness of screens
and the type required.
A. Window screens are constructed similarly to window sashes
with stiles, rails, and screen as infill, except for
roll-screens which are rarely used today.
A. Remove rust and dirt with soft wire brush. Vacuum
residue with round brush attachment. Apply a thinned
coat of screen enamel, paint, or varnish with a brush or
clean carpet scrap. Do both sides.
A. Scrap screening to match existing (for patching)
C. Replacement screening
D. Wood filler
F. Waterproof glue
G. Screen enamel, paint or varnish
A. Carpenter's tools
B. Putty knife or wide chisel
C. Two 2x4's and C-clamps for bowing frame
D. Utility knife
3.01 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION
A. To repair holes within the mesh fabric:
1. For a small hole, fill with waterproof glue.
2. For a larger hole, weave or darn scraps of screen
or wire over hole.
Patch the hole with a piece of scrap screening:
a. Cut patch from scrap screening larger than
b. Cover the hole with the screening.
c. Bend free ends of wire on patch. Push through
mesh around hole and bend ends back to hold.
D. To replace entire screen (in wood frame):
1. Remove screen from window and place on a flat
surface. Lift out molding with a putty knife or
wide chisel working outward from the center.
2. Cut screen slightly larger than opening and staple
or tack to one short end of frame.
3. Bow frame by inserting 2x4's under both ends and
clamping center with C-clamps. Pull screen taut
and attach to opposite end of frame.
4. Fasten remaining sides one at a time working from
center to ends. Fasten center rail last.
5. Trim excess screening with utility knife and
reattach molding. Countersink brad heads, fill
holes, repaint entire frame.
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