How to Fix a Window Screen

If you have a torn window screen, you can easily replace the screen with some simple tools and steps.  In this video, learn how window screen replacement is a doable DIY project.

Before you start your project, you’ll want to gather some materials first at your local hardware store and get some tools ready.  Here’s the list of what you’ll need to fix a window screen:

  • Spline tool
  • Utility knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Spline
  • New screen (aluminum or fiberglass)
  • Safety glasses
  • Work gloves (optional)

Once the deck is clean and dry, the priming and coating process can begin:

  • Using a utility knife, remove the old screen from the frame by pulling out the spline out of the groove
  • Pull the fabric off of the frame
  • Measure the size of the frame
  • Cut the screening so it’s just larger than the frame itself
  • Unroll the screen over the frame and using the spline tool insert it into the groove all away around the frame
  • Repeat the same motion, now inserting the spline into the groove (you’ll start to see the screen become taut as you go)
  • Once you insert the spline into all sides of the frame, use your utility knife to cut the excess spline
  • Using the utility knife, cut the screen that overlaps the frame itself
  • Discard the screen remnants and you’re all done

If you have a torn window screen, you can easily replace the screen with some simple tools and steps.  In this video, learn how window screen replacement is a doable DIY project.

Before you start your project, you’ll want to gather some materials first at your local hardware store and get some tools ready.  Here’s the list of what you’ll need to fix a window screen:

  • Spline tool
  • Utility knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Spline
  • New screen (aluminum or fiberglass)
  • Safety glasses
  • Work gloves (optional)

Once the deck is clean and dry, the priming and coating process can begin:

  • Using a utility knife, remove the old screen from the frame by pulling out the spline out of the groove
  • Pull the fabric off of the frame
  • Measure the size of the frame
  • Cut the screening so it’s just larger than the frame itself
  • Unroll the screen over the frame and using the spline tool insert it into the groove all away around the frame
  • Repeat the same motion, now inserting the spline into the groove (you’ll start to see the screen become taut as you go)
  • Once you insert the spline into all sides of the frame, use your utility knife to cut the excess spline
  • Using the utility knife, cut the screen that overlaps the frame itself
  • Discard the screen remnants and you’re all done