Replacing a window screen can be a simple and inexpensive DIY project. Here are the steps to follow:
Remove the old screen: Start by opening the window and removing the stops or molding that hold the screen in place. Use a flathead screwdriver or a putty knife to gently pry the stops off the frame. Then, gently lift the screen out of the frame.
Measure the new screen: Measure the width and height of the opening where the screen will go. You will need to purchase a new screen that is the same size or slightly larger.
Cut the new screen: Lay the new screen material over the frame, and use a pair of scissors or a utility knife to trim it to size. Leave about an inch of excess material all the way around the frame.
Install the spline: The spline is a flexible rubber or vinyl cord that holds the screen material in place. Starting at one corner, use a spline tool or a flathead screwdriver to press the spline into the groove around the edge of the frame. Work your way around the frame, making sure the screen is taut and smooth. Trim off any excess spline with a utility knife.
Replace the stops: Once the spline is in place, replace the stops or molding that hold the screen in the frame. Use a hammer or screwdriver to gently tap the stops into place.
Test the screen: Close the window and check that the screen is secure and fits properly. If the screen is loose or sags, you may need to adjust the tension by removing and reinserting the spline.
Replacing a window screen can be a simple and satisfying DIY project that can save you the cost of hiring a professional. If you are unsure about your ability to complete the task, it may be best to seek the assistance of a professional to ensure that the job is done correctly.