If you have a window screen that needs to be repaired, you may be able to do the job yourself. Depending on the severity of the rip or tear, a window screen can be patched easily using a few household items. Here are a few guidelines you can follow, to get that window screen patched in no time.
If you have a small tear in your window screen, you may be able to patch it with the use of clear nail polish. Simply dab the brush over the area where there is a hole and allow the nail polish to adhere between the wires, forming a bubble. Allow this beaded clear nail polish to dry, blocking the area from any unwanted gnats or particles of dirt from getting inside your home. Another quick fix would be to add a piece of scotch tape over the hole.
Repairing a medium-sized hole will take a bit more to repair. Here are the items that you will need to be able to do the job:
- Extra piece of screening
- Black or gray thread
Measure the size of the tear and add an inch to each dimension to allow for extra screening to cover the hole completely. Remove the screen from the window to make it easy to sew the patch to the screen.
Cut a piece of screen to the size needed to cover the hole. Thread a needle with thread and use it to attach the edge of the new piece of screening to the existing screen. Weave the thread in and out between the rows of screening until the entire patch is attached to the screen, covering the hole in the process. Cut the ends of the thread and try to tie into a small knot to keep in place.
If the hole in your screen is large, you will need to replace the entire screen. Take the screen out of the frame by first removing the wood that encases the screen into the frame. Then remove the staples that hold it into place using a staple remover or the flat end of a screwdriver. Cut a new piece of screen and add an inch to each side so that you can staple the edges into place. Make sure that you hold the new screen taut as you staple the edges. Place the wood back over the edges to keep it in the frame. If you need help, contact a company like Northridge Screen.