It can be frustrating when you realize your window screen has holes or is worn down and needs to be replaced, but it is possible to do this on your own. If it is in a wooden frame, the technique for removing the screen and putting in a new one is different than with an aluminum or metal frame. Here are some tips for repairing a window screen that has a wooden frame.
Gather the Tools
Before you start this project, make sure you have the right tools and materials on hand. You only need some basic tools for repairing or replacing a window screen in a wooden frame. This includes:
- Carpenter's square
- Wooden blocks
- Utility knife
- Wooden wedges
- Replacement screen mesh
Remove the Old Screen
Once you have gathered your required tools and materials, you can remove the old screen material and trim. If you have wood molding that is hiding the staples in the window, that needs to be removed first. You can use a flat-blade screwdriver to do this, or a wood chisel if you have it. Separate the molding from the frame on all sides, doing so very carefully. You only want to lift and separate it, but not dent or break the wood molding. After separating it, remove the nails and the screws, then pull out the screen mesh.
Fasten the Anchor Block and Wedges
Before you can place a window screen inside a wood frame, it must be stretched as tightly as possible. If not, the window screen will be saggy once it is fastened. Using an anchor block, or wood wedge, is a great way to do this. To make the anchor block, cut two lengths of wood that are slightly wider than the wood frame. Screw one of them a few inches from the top edge of the frame, and leave the second one aside for now.
To make the wedge, cut another piece of wood that is the same width as the anchor block. Make two wedges by cutting this piece diagonally. Position the wedges in between the anchor block you just made.
Tighten the Screen
Cut your screen mesh to be a couple inches wider and longer than the dimensions of the wood frame. Staple one end to the bottom of the frame, and the other end over one of the anchor blocks. The other anchor block goes on top of the screen, so that the screen is sandwiched in between them. Put the wedges between the screen frame and anchor blocks, and tap them together so the anchor block and screen frame come apart. This tightens your screen mesh.
Fasten the Screen
Now that it is taut, you can fasten the screen to the frame. Staple the screen every couple inches along the frame, using your utility knife to trim off any edges. You can now use nails to re-attach your trim molding.
If, during any of this, you make a mistake and damage the frame, a company like Fary W. T. Bros Lumber Co. can fashion a replacement for you.