Screens And Storm Doors
by Bob Morton
(Royse City TX)
When taking down screens or storm windows, write a number in a hidden spot on each window frame and on its screen or storm window. Put each window's hard¬ware in a bag marked with the number. For a neat job on wood¬en storm windows, use small metal numbers that hammer in place.
Metal screens can last almost in¬definitely. Just apply a light coat of thinned spar varnish each year. Be sure to clean the screens first let them dry thoroughly.
To fix a hole in a screen, patch it with a square of screening. Unravel a few wires along each edge of the patch and bend the remaining wire ends at right angles. Then shove the ends through the screen and turn them down on the other side.
Keep the drain holes in the bottom of your storm windows clear to prevent condensation from rotting your sills. If your storm windows don't have these holes, drill them. Three 1/2-inch holes will do.
REPLACING A METAL-FRAME SCREEN
1. Remove old screening by prying out the splines that hold the screening in place. Start at a corner and use a screwdriver to lift each spline out of its groove. If the spline is still flexible, you can use it again. Replace metal splines or old, hardened plastic splines with new plastic splines.
2. Cut new screening the same size as the frame's outer dimensions. Trim the corners at a 45 egree angle. Then attach the screening at one end. Start at a corner and use a splining tool to force the spline in with short, firm strokes. Or put a wood block over the spline and hammer it in.
3. Pulling the screening taut, attach the spline at the other end; then attach the spline along each side. Finish by trimming off the excess screening along the edges with a utility knife.