I have an enclosed porch with a lot of screens that need to be
replaced. I started with the screen door using a charcoal aluminum screen and
it was very time consuming and difficult. (I do have the round tool that you
use to force the rubber spline into the canal (?) where it secures the screen.)
I was wondering whether fiberglas screen is easier to install than aluminum
screen and whether anyone would have any other tips as to how to install the
screens. When I installed the aluminum screen on the door it was slow going
because the it was hard to pinch the spline against the screen and because if
the roller came off the spline, you would ruin the screen. Any tips on how to
do this work more effectively would be greatly appreciated.
practaice makes perfect, and imho the metal screen is easier than the
fiberglass screen cause it moves around less while you are working with it.
for aluminum screen, using the convex side of the tool and ignoring the
spline for the time, do the top first, then the bottom, then go back and hit
the sides. you may have to cut in at a 45 in the corners on the overhanging
screen so the corners get tight. otherwise they may bunch. after all 4
sides are dented in with the convex part of the tool, go back and install
the spline with the concave side of the tool. start in a corner and work
your way around.its a two step process. first dent the screen, then install
hope this helps.
with metal screen you take your time and do the pushing of the tool
lightly.. it take alot of strokes and pleanty of time to get the screen
the take shape into the groove..... once in the grove all the way you go
with the spline and push the spline in.... if you try to hurry the tool
will cut right through the screen and ruin it....
Be sure you end up where you start. Don't do the ends and then the side. Roll
from one corner all the way around to end up in the same corner. I watched the
boys roll over 2800 sq ft of screen in my new pool cage and that was what they
i'm not giving advice to a professional. those guys can do it with their
eyes shut. im giving advice to someone who has already tried the around the
frame method and didnt like how it was progressing.
but hey. what do i know. i've just done a few screens. i didnt watch a
team of pros in my backyard...
I used little heavier gauge fiber glass screen material, they are
rain/snow/tear resistant. No tear on any frames and door. To
compensate the increase in gauge I used smaller spline. Was not
a difficult job at all. As you repeat the process, you get better
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