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Can Someone Tell Me How to Put a Window Screen Back In?

Old 03-18-11, 02:24 PM
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Can Someone Tell Me How to Put a Window Screen Back In?

Hi -

I feel so stupid. I'm living in a new house (new to me anyway). In my old house, window screens slid up and down. I never removed them. In this house, a screen was removed from a window. I want to put it back but I haven't a clue how to do it. I've tried for at least 30 minutes.

It is the kind of screen that covers only the bottom window. It has no tabs or anything. The only moveable part it has are two tiny screws up at the top of the screen.

If I manage to get the screen in the top of the window, there is no way to get it to fit into the groove at the bottom. I can't left it up and in, for instance. There's no room.

Is there some kind of trick to this that can be explained to someone who is totally windows-challenged?

If you can help me with this, I'd then like to ask you how the heck you get these screens out in the first place. I want to remove them from my other windows, wash the windows, and then put them back in.

Thank you!!!
Old 03-18-11, 03:30 PM
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Welcome to the forums Jodie!

You might be able to pry it into place using a putty knife. Some here know a lot about windows and might need your window brand name to better answer. Also a pic might help.
Old 03-18-11, 05:14 PM
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If they are tilt windows, there is a trick. Raise the lower sash and tilt it all the way out. The frame of the sash will go up about 3/4" further. This will allow you to insert the screen straight on. Then lower the captured part of the window and close the tilt mechanism. Removing is opposite of installation.
But your pix will help.
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You probably need clips!

If we had pictures, it may be easier to figure out exactly what you need.

A lot of window screens need clips to hold them in. Often, they are plastic and harden over time and break. That is probably why yours will not stay in. If you have other window screens you may be able to see how they are installed. If they have clips to hold them in, take one out to match it at a local store. You could have to do some searching.

I've seen at least 4 or 5 different clips depending on the window design so other than general info this ids the best we can do for now.

Good luck and let us know how you make out.
Old 03-20-11, 06:53 AM
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If there are no springs anywhere on the perimeter of the screen, then I think Chandler may be on the right track. I've seen some window screens where you have to open the lower sash, tip it down, drop the screen down into the space between the upper sash and the lower sash. The screen fits into a groove on bottom, and then you push the top outward.

Usually there are 2 pins on top of these screens. (Maybe they broke and someone replaced them with screws?) The 2 pins click into 2 holes in the divider bar of a single hung window. (top sash is fixed). You might look at the top of where the screen will go and see if there are 2 holes. These would correspond to 2 holes (2 pins) in the perimeter of your screen.

Some of Pella's windows are similar, where the screen fits under the top sash.

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