How to fix the screen in your storm door

Written by Adrian Dunevein

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Once you haverepparttar cloth secured you will need to purchase a cheap screen roller fromrepparttar 100067 hardware store. One that has a metal wheel is best. Gently start rollingrepparttar 100068 cloth intorepparttar 100069 screen frame at one ofrepparttar 100070 vertical sides and userepparttar 100071 userepparttar 100072 roller to push inrepparttar 100073 spline allrepparttar 100074 way uprepparttar 100075 screen channel.

When you come to a corner you will have to removerepparttar 100076 small piece of spline used to holdrepparttar 100077 cloth in. and re rollrepparttar 100078 new spline in and aroundrepparttar 100079 corner usingrepparttar 100080 screwdriver blade to push intorepparttar 100081 corner. Go slowly and carefully !, if you riprepparttar 100082 screen you will have to start fromrepparttar 100083 beginnning again !

As you continue rolling inrepparttar 100084 spline acrossrepparttar 100085 top ofrepparttar 100086 frame, have someone supportrepparttar 100087 back ofrepparttar 100088 frame with their hand, to prevent pressure onrepparttar 100089 glass window above. Continue rolling inrepparttar 100090 spline and then just cut awayrepparttar 100091 excess screen with a utility knife. You are done !

Many screens can be repaired in place in this manner, and it saves a trip torepparttar 100092 glass shop and allrepparttar 100093 fuss of trying to getrepparttar 100094 screen in and out. You wont have to put up with that unsightly hole inrepparttar 100095 screen inrepparttar 100096 front door of your house any longer !

Adrian Dunevein has been repairing window and screens since 1992 and now runs an on-line screen repair self help website at


Written by John Rocco

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Once you getrepparttar slider out, almost all rollers are held in place byrepparttar 100066 same screw that holdsrepparttar 100067 frame corners together. So, you need to setrepparttar 100068 panel on one side, removerepparttar 100069 screw inrepparttar 100070 corner, fliprepparttar 100071 panel over, removerepparttar 100072 screw onrepparttar 100073 other bottom corner. Now, you can take a rubber mallet orrepparttar 100074 wood handle of a hammer, and taprepparttar 100075 bottom frame offrepparttar 100076 glass. This will give you access to your rollers. Take a close look at how they are inserted intorepparttar 100077 door frame. In fact, it's a good idea to only remove one roller to bring with you to match forrepparttar 100078 new ones. Then, when you get back home, you can userepparttar 100079 roller that is still in place as a guide to installingrepparttar 100080 new ones.

Places like Home Depot, Lowes, and Ace Hardware carry about 80-90% ofrepparttar 100081 rollers out there. So, you should be able to find them. However, let's say this just isn't your lucky day, and you can't find your rollers anywhere. You are going to have to have them ordered. Bringrepparttar 100082 roller to your local glass shop. If you're lucky, they will have them in stock. If not, they can orderrepparttar 100083 rollers, but you won't get them for about a week. Don't panic. Just go home and taprepparttar 100084 bottom frame back onrepparttar 100085 door panel, but leaverepparttar 100086 corner screws out. You can even leaverepparttar 100087 roller out that you removed. Liftrepparttar 100088 door back in place, installrepparttar 100089 fixed panel but don't snaprepparttar 100090 bottom piece back in, and don't installrepparttar 100091 inside screws. Then, from insiderepparttar 100092 house, liftrepparttar 100093 slider and pull it closed. You don't want to drag it if you leftrepparttar 100094 roller out. It will scraperepparttar 100095 bottom track. Just lift it enough to takerepparttar 100096 pressure off, and close and lock it.

When Your new rollers come in, take everything back out and installrepparttar 100097 new rollers. Adjustrepparttar 100098 new rollers allrepparttar 100099 way up before puttingrepparttar 100100 door back in. That way,repparttar 100101 new rollers won't interfere with you lifting it back in place. Adjustrepparttar 100102 new rollers down untilrepparttar 100103 door slides good and locks. You want to be sure there is an equal gap atrepparttar 100104 top and bottom whenrepparttar 100105 door is about an inch from closing intorepparttar 100106 side jam. You can adjustrepparttar 100107 rollers to make this dimension even. If you can getrepparttar 100108 job done by a professional for $50 or $60 including parts, it might be worth hiring someone to do it. But, in high population areas such as Los Angeles, it's common to pay $100 in labor only. Then they mark uprepparttar 100109 cost ofrepparttar 100110 rollers, and you could wind up spending $130 for a job that you can do yourself for about $20. Next week i'm going to tell you how to repair your broken or defective window glass.

John Rocco has been installing replacement windows since 1978. To learn more, visit How To Install Windows

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