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Updated: Apr 12, 2019

Screens rip REALLY easily. It’s just a delicate little mesh! Depending on how you ripped it, there are a few options for putting it back together that doesn't result in you buying a whole new screen door. Today, I’m going to show you how to patch your broken screen!


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Method 1

If you’ve got a small hole, all you’re going to need is some clear nail polish.

  1. Paint or dab on a layer of nail polish onto the hole.

  2. Make sure you cover all areas of the hole, including the mesh surrounding it.

  3. Allow the liquid to dry.

  4. Go over the first layer with a second layer of nail polish or adhesive.

  5. Allow the liquid to dry. The polish or adhesive will seal the hole, keeping insects and debris out.

Method 2

For longer thin holes, just grab a needle and some thread!

  1. Unravel a long section of vinyl or fiberglass thread from the screen patch.

  2. Thread the strand through the needle and tie it off.

  3. Push the needle through the mesh on one side of the tear and pull it through. Take care not to pull the entire thread through the mesh; leave a small section at the end to anchor the repair.

  4. Pull the needle through the mesh on the other side of the repair and gently tug to pull the two sides of the repair together.

  5. Pull the needle through the mesh just below the space where you first inserted the needle. Pull the thread through gently.

  6. Repeat until the tear is sewn shut.

You can also use this method on larger rips, just purchase some extra screen, and cut out a piece to sew on top!

Method 3

For Large holes, you may need to purchase a screen patch kit. Make sure your scissors are handy!

  1. Cut the screen patch from the kit down to 1-inch larger than the size of the hole.

  2. Use your fingers to bend the mesh ends of the patch backward at a 90-degree angle so they come off the back of the patch perpendicularly.

  3. Line up the patch over the hole with the bent ends pointing straight at the screen and push the bent ends of the patch through the mesh surrounding the hole.

  4. Turn the screen over and bend down the ends of the mesh from the patch coming through the screen so they lay flat against the screen and hold the patch tightly in place.

If NONE of those options work for you, you may need to replace the entire screen. It’s really simple, so don’t sweat it. Here’s how to replace the screen:

How to replace the entire Screen

Step 1: Use a screwdriver

It's common to find a separate length of spline on each side of the frame. Use an awl or pick to catch the end of a piece and pry it up. Try not to damage the spline--if it's not broken or brittle it can be reused.

Step 2: Remove the Spline

Grab the screen spline with your hand and gently pull upward to remove it. Repeat the process for the other spline segments.

Step 3: Installing New Spline

If you're installing new spline, use scissors or a knife to cut it to lengths that fit in the frame grooves. Make sure that the diameter of the new spline is the same as that of the old material.

Step 4: Align Replacement Screen

Lay the replacement screen over the frame. Align one edge of the screen with the outside edge of the door to ensure that the screen is square to the frame.

Step 5: Concave Roller

Use the concave roller on the tool to press the spline into the groove. Apply gentle pressure and angle the tool slightly toward the outside of the frame to avoid tearing the screen.

Step 6: Pull it Tight

Step 7: Trim the Excess

After installing all of the spline, use a sharp utility knife to trim the excess screen. Position the knife tip at the junction of the spline and outside edge of the spline groove.

So there you have it! Next time you put a hole in your screen - don’t sweat it! It’s super simple to fix a wide range of screen issues and now you know how! Thanks so much for watching, and be sure to subscribe!

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