How to Rescreen a Screen





Do you have outside cats who love to claw at your screen doors and windows? if so then this instructables is for you!

I wanted new screens for a fraction of the cost.

This project took less then 15 minutes!

Step 1: Materials

Available at Lowes or busy beaver charcoal fiberglass screen 36 x 84 (insect screening)

I also used my sewing scissors for a sharp cut.

Step 2: Removing the Old Screen

First remove the screen fabric from the frame by removing the thin rubber piece off the back of the screen.

Step 3: Fitting the New Screen

Next roll out screen over frame to fit the screen properly. I left a small over hang see picture 2

Step 4: Installing the New Screen

The last step is putting the rubber strip back in the screen frame. I uses my scissors to push the strip in snuggly. **This took the longest amount of time.

Step 5: Finished

Finished! Screen is ready to be placed back into the window.



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    6 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Well done!Good Lord at the equipment I've worked on...but screens are my nemesis..I was replacing one and decided,I need some training,hence my arrival at your tutorial. I just finished my screen,and its the best I've done yet...nary a wrinkle,thanks....and I had no idea about insect screen..clever indeed.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Great Ible. I've replaced many screens in my home. In fact just last August I did a whole screen door. Then we got a new dog and she busted right through it. Oh well. One point to make in regards to the rubber piece (spline). Don't precut it. Run it around the groove, then cut off the remainder when you are finished. Even when you use the old spline it will stretch a bit in the repair. Good point about cutting the screen larger than the door.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    My niece's dog blasted through our screen door a week ago...thanks for sharing this, I'm going to get down to the store and replace the screen this weekend!

    Jennprice33Ronald Joseph

    Reply 4 years ago

    All screens can be replaced. Some have the rubber strip and some have metal clips. so I assume that a screen door would be just as easy. ;)


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Great Ible. While you can do the repair with whatever tool you have at hand to push the Spline into the screen frame (scissors, butter knife, flathead screwdriver, etc)

    There is actually a tool designed just for this job that you can pick up for a few bucks at any of the "big box" home improvement stores.

    The side with the convex roller is used to seat the screen in the spline groove, The side with the concave roller is usedd to seat the spline into the groove.

    here is a link to a pic I found online if you want to see what the tool looks like