How to Fix a Torn Window Screen

House inspector gives step-by-step instructions.

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Window screens serve an important purpose: they let fresh air in while keeping insects out. If a screen rips or weakens, as was the case in Orange Park, Fla., it will need to be patched or replaced. If the hole is 3 inches or smaller, it can be patched with screen repair kits available at local hardware stores. For larger holes or tears, the entire screen should be replaced, which can be an easy do-it-yourself fix.

  • First, lay the outer frame on a smooth surface and remove the rubber spline and the old torn screen.
  • Now that you have a blank frame, you’re ready to install the new screen. Roll out, measure and cut a piece of screen 1-inch bigger than the frame.
  • Place the screen and new rubber edging in place over the frame.
  • Use a screen rolling tool to slowly push the screen and rubber edging into the grooves around the entire frame.
  • Just trim away the excess material with a razor or knife and your screen is as good as new and ready to keep you covered by keeping the bugs out.

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