Repairing And Replacing A Damaged Window Screen
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- Hspg Prepared For Nps - Sero
- Doors and Windows
- Security Windows And Screens
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A. This procedure includes guidance on patching a hole in a window screen, and removing and replacing the screen, if necessary.
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, or fixed.
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
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
3.01 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION
A. To repair holes within the mesh fabric:
- For a small hole, fill with waterproof glue.
- 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 hole.
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):
- 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.
- Cut screen slightly larger than opening and staple or tack to one short end of frame.
- 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.
- Fasten remaining sides one at a time working from center to ends. Fasten center rail last.
- Trim excess screening with utility knife and reattach molding. Countersink brad heads, fill holes, repaint entire frame.