How To Repair/Replace a Fiberglass Screen Door with Sean Buino

Even the smallest of rips in a screen door defeats the purpose of the screen. It’s supposed to let fresh air in and keep bugs out. Sean Buino of Dad’s Handyman Service has two solutions. One is to apply an aluminum patch to the hole. It’s a short-term solution at best because it’s glaring. The best option is to completely replace the screen and it isn’t that hard.┬áHere’s how to do both:

Supplies:

Patch:

  • Aluminim screen
  • Putty knife
  • Razor blade

Full screen replacement:

  • Roll of screening
  • Roll of spline
  • Spline roller
  • Putty knife
  • Razor blade
  • Screwdriver

Step-by-step:

Patch:

  1. Cut patch
  2. Remove threads to create fringe
  3. Bend fringe
  4. Secure patch over hole

Full screen replacement:

  1. Remove door handle
  2. Remove spline
  3. Identify track with spline roller
  4. Push spline into channel
  5. Roll spline into channel
  6. Remove excess screening
  7. Reattach door handle

This easy fix should take you about 30 minutes and cost around $25.

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