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July 5, 2012

What was with that incredible wind, rain, and flailing tree branches this past week? That was one whirlwind of a storm. If you didn’t have any ripped screens (or lost power) then consider yourself lucky. I can’t begin to imagine how long it will take for the cleanup to be finished. Read below if you want help fixing those nuisance holes in your screens. I look forward to saving you money and giving you something simple to do that will frustrate those hovering mosquitoes.

  1. For really small holes you can fill metal screens in with a small dab of epoxy glue.
  2. To make your own patch for a larger nylon or fiberglass screen you will need to cut a patch of screening just a teeny bit larger than the hole. Apply a thin layer of fast-drying glue to the edges of the patch and press it into place to allow for quick adherence. Use low-tack painter’s tape to hold it against the screen until dry.
  3. To make a patch for a metal screen you will need a piece of metal screening larger than the hole, (about ½ inch larger all the way around) – you need to bend the edges into right angles and set the teeth so that they penetrate the screen. Turn the screen over and bend the teeth flat on the other side. (not as easy as it sounds).
  4. To replace a screen that is put in with spline (looks like stiff plastic string) you can buy the kit available in the store or use a small screwdriver to pry up the old spline and remove the entire screen. Take the old screen to the store so you buy the right kind of screening to replace it with.
  5. Cut out the replacement screening with a good pair of metal shears or scissors and position it over the metal channel (frame) so that it overlaps. Press it into the channel along the top of the frame using the convex end of a spline roller (comes in the kit or you can buy it separate – looks like a pizza cutter). If the screen is synthetic you won’t need to do this.
  6. Now cut a piece of the spline the length of the top edge of the frame. Start at one corner and push the spline into the channel using the concave side of the spline roller. Make sure the fit is VERY tight. Repeat the steps on the two sides – again be sure it is very tight. Do not have any wrinkles or it won’t be done correctly. Finish with the bottom edge.
  7. After all sides are done cut the excess screening off with a sharp utility knife.

Now you have repaired your screens and you can sit inside with the windows open again. No more nasty bugs will come after you.

I look forward to working with you. Let me know if there is anything you want to learn about or if you have a question that I can answer.

Don’t forget that my crew and I are here to serve YOU.

Here’s to women fixin’ stuff, 

Jo Ellen Soesbee, The ToolBox TomGirl

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