I've been re-screening and have run into a problem. The screen frames are
aluminum, about 1/4" thick by maybe 5/8" wide, screen is secured with a
spline. If I stretch the fiberglass screen enough so that it is flat and
smooth the tension deflects the frame in the middle so that anything even
slightly smaller than a mongoose could walk through the gap between screen
frame and window frame. Even trying to stretch not at all - leaving the
screen sloppy loose - the frame will deflect about 3/16" in the middle of a
Is there a secret to this? Is it impossible? Would I be better off with
aluminum screen material?
<< If I stretch the fiberglass screen enough so that it is flat and smooth the
tension deflects the frame in the middle >>
Try cutting a pair of braces to hold the frames apart when installing the
spline. Might even be good to make the braces just a little oversize.
<< Would I be better off with aluminum screen material? >>
That was probably the original material, so yes. HTH
I used to repair screens every day after school in a basement of a hardware
store. There are a few trickts to the large screens, especially full height
door frames. A temporary or permanenet brace in the middle can help but will
not fulluy overcome bad technique.
I will answer your questions in reverse order...
Yes possibly but its not forgiving if you make a mistake but easier because
you do the spline after you roll the screen into the groove.
No, not at all. I used to be able to knock out a re-screen in just a few
No secret just technique...
1 First thing I do is lay the frame flat and make sure its square.
2 I then lay out the screen and use spring clamps in the corners to hold it
square to the frame.
3 I clip the corners of the screen to opposeing 45degree mitres. (I will try
and illustrate in and ASCII drawing, view with courriour font)
\ <screen 45deg cut
Frame> || |
The purpose of the cut is to eliminate screen bunching in the corner of the
4 If using firberglass you roll the spline and the screen together, if using
aluminum you roll the screen in the groove first then the spline.
5 roll the first edge, I start with the longest side. Key to the first edge
is to keep it straight.
6 next roll and adjacent side. Now here is the trick. You need to 'feed'
screen from the waste side into the groove. Feed just enough to keep the
screen where it needs to be. (You clamped it in step 2 above) You don't want
the screen filling the spline groove to be taken from the finished material
in the middle. Just the proper ammount must come from the waste side.
7 continue this technique arround the screen. trim the spline, trim the
screen with a razor blade and you are done.
this is what i did when putting up some solar screen.. i have these
metal chairs in the back yard.. i tested it with a small piece of alum.
screen frame... (the new frame pieces are bowed outward when you buy
them new.....when putting the new solar screen(fiberglass cloth) onto
the frames you pull a little to tighten it up.. with the slightly bowed
frames pulling back then you have a straight line on the sides of the
frames.... is this what you talking about???? i had the same problem...
if the new frame parts are not bowed.. i would grab the frame material
with two pieces of cloth and slightly push down with both hands, gently
sliding the frames material over the back of one of the metal chairs..
this gave it a slightly (more) bow, which worked out fine.....i also
would measure in the center of the screen to make sure i did not pull
too much when putting in the screen... usually left a few inches on each
side and measured the width from top to bottom a few times to make sure
then did not have the hour glass figure on them... (the first one
also did you use a brace in the middle of the screen( a piece of frame
material horizonal to support the center area... thats what i had to do
with the 36 wide by 48. inch high windows.....
the center horizonal line is the center brace for the screen frame....
it does not have the screen attached to it, it only supports the frame
center... they sell small metal clips that you get at hardware store in
a little bag that you use....
hope this helps.
Didn;t know about those. Thanks.
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