How to Repair a Screen Door

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The most recent versions of screen doors are made of an aluminum frame and a fiberglass screen. Fiberglass is a cheaper material that is easy to tear. However, it is also very easy to purchase a new screen and replace it on your own. All of the necessary materials and tools can be found at a hardware store near your home.

For this project you will need to purchase a replacement screen, spline and a spline installation tool.

“To complete this home repair project, you will want to buy a new fiberglass screen, spline for the screen and a spline installation tool,” says Craig Reynolds, owner of Handyman Providence.

HOW TO REMOVE A TORN SCREEN DOOR

To remove the screen from the door track, simply lift it from the track until the rollers are free from the track. Then, pull from the bottom until the screen clears out from the top of the door frame.

STEP 1: HANDLE

You should remove the handle from the door so there is nothing blocking access to the torn screen. You could consider replacing a broken handle during this point of the repair project.

STEP 2: AWL

You will sometimes discover a separate amount of spline on both sides of the door frame. You can try an awl to catch a section of a piece of the spline and try to lift it. Be careful of the spline. A broken spline cannot be reused.

STEP 3: SPLINE REMOVAL

You can use your hand to pull the screen spline up from the frame and remove it from the frame. Continue this until all of the spline is removed.

STEP 4: ROLLER REMOVAL

You can use a screwdriver to lift the rollers and remove them from the door edge. This part could require a spring clip in order to release or loosen the assembly.

STEP 5: SPLINE INSTALLATION

You can now use a knife or a sharp scissors to cut sections of new spline that will fit nicely into the grooves on the door frame. The diameter needs to be the same size as the old spline from before.

STEP 6: ALIGNMENT

Set the replacement piece of screen on top of the doorframe. Then line up an edge of the new piece with the outer edge of the frame so you know the screen fits the frame correctly.

STEP 7: CONVEX TOOL

The convex roller tool helps to push the screen into the grooves along the doorframe.

STEP 8: CONCAVE TOOL

The concave tool is similar to the convex tool and also helps to press or push the spline into the doorframe grooves. You need to do this gently with minimal pressure and at an angle so that the new screen does not tear.

STEP 9: PULL TIGHTLY

STEP 10: TRIM EXCESS

Trim the excess material with a sharp knife. Place the tip of the knife where the spline and the edge of the frame meet before cutting.

Step 11: ROLLER INSTALLATION

You can now install the new roller assembly and slide it into the door frame edge and then snap the roller into its groove.

STEP 12: PANEL REPLACEMENT

The screen can now be placed into the door track but it needs to shut tight in the door jam. Continue to adjust the position of the screen and screws until the fit is secure.

STEP 13: LATCH REPLACEMENT

You might need to replace the door latch if damaged. You can screw in a new door latch to the jamb of the door.

Jeremy Stevens