Friday, June 1, 2012
I've tried screen patches before, but am convinced it would be easier to paint Buckingham Palace with a Q-Tip! For under $10 and in less than 15 minutes you can have that ratty old screen door looking shiny and new again! Here's what you do: 1.) Place the screen door or window on a flat surface and remove the old screen by pulling out the spine (you'll see it in the ridge that holds the screen tight against the frame. 2.) At your home improvement store purchase a roll of screen large enough to cover your project, a roll of spine (usually comes in 25' lengths) and the roller tool (often included with spine and/or screen). 3.) Just like wrapping a gift, stretch the new screen over the frame, allowing at least 2" of extra scree all around. I use a bit more just in case. To keep the screen from moving away from you, tape it to the surface or backside of your frame. Start with the bottom and top, by placing the spine in the ridge, covering the screen and pressing it in with the roller tool. Repeat for the sides. Once you have your screen in place, take a razor blade and cut excess screen AWAY from the screen (I made the mistake of doing it towards the screen and ripped my project in half!).
Now you can sit back, relax and enjoy a lovely evening under the start bug free!