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Do It! How to Replace a Torn Window Screen

By: Danny Lipford

Replacing the screen wire in a window screen that has become damaged or torn isn’t difficult to do, though it does require an inexpensive tool called a spline roller that’s available at home improvement centers.

To replace the screen wire in a window screen:

  1. Remove the screen frame from the window.
  2. Starting from one end, use pliers to pull out the rubber spline that holds the screen in the frame.
  3. Remove the damaged screen wire from the frame.
  4. Cut a piece of new screening several inches larger than the frame.
  5. Press the screen wire into the groove in the frame using the convex end of a spline roller tool.
  6. Position the rubber spline at one corner of the frame groove, and press the spine firmly down into the groove using the concave end of the spline tool.
  7. Press the spline into all four sides of the screen frame groove, working any wrinkles out of the screen.
  8. Use a sharp utility knife to remove the excess screening even with the outer edge of the spine groove.
  9. Place the screen back in the window, and secure it in place.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Video Transcript

Begin replacing a torn window screen by removing the rubber spline that holds the screen in the frame with a pair of pliers. Cut a new piece of screen an inch or so larger than the frame on all sides. Beginning in a corner, press the screen into the frame channel by pushing the spline down into it. A spline roller will be really helpful for this.

When one side is done, pull the screen tight across the frame, and press in the opposite side. Then do the same on the remaining edges, keeping out the wrinkles. Finally trim off the excess screen with a utility knife.


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  • Penny Henderson Says:
    November 3rd, 2018 at 12:20 pm

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    November 3rd, 2018 at 12:17 pm

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  • Brad Johnson Says:
    October 15th, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Appreciate the video, it gets to the point. Others take ten minutes to say the same simple thing.

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    June 7th, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Hi, Barbara, features home improvement advice from the nationally syndicated TV show “Today’s Homeowner” and its experts.
    We don’t sell construction products on this website, but we encourage checking your local home center or a wholesale distributor for these materials.
    Good luck, and thanks for your question!

  • Barbara Cunningham Says:
    June 6th, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    I am in the process of replacing 32 window screens on my house. Where do you recommend buying the material in bulk?

  • Cotton Says:
    May 3rd, 2018 at 10:41 am

    I had a burning plastic smell in my bedroom and couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. I thought it was the curtains but upon further investigation it was the window screens! The sun beats down on this window and It made the whole apartment smell. The window was only 4 years old. They are fiberglass screens is there another material that wont break down and smell?


  • Laura Says:
    April 10th, 2016 at 5:56 am

    I have a house with screens that are on rollers. They pull up and down like blinds how do you repair those?

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Do It! How to Replace a Torn Window Screen