Building a new screen for my windows


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Old 03-01-21, 03:35 PM
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Building a new screen for my windows

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The snow destroyed one of my window screens. I can't find any model/serial number information from the corresponding double hung window, so I guess I'm unable to contact the manufacturer to order a new screen.

I went to Home Depot and they didn't have any screens that were my size, 62" x 30". I'm assuming I'll have to build a replacement screen.

At Home Depot they sell the frames, the screens, the splines, etc., but my screen had two components that I couldn't find to incorporate in a newly built screen. First, my screen had a cross bar across the middle. Second, my screen has these little pegs (see picture, red circles) that hold the screen in place. How do I build these into my new screen? I guess the crossbar isn't a big deal, but I need something to hold the screen in place if I can't find a screen building kit with the little pegs?

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Old 03-01-21, 03:45 PM
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If you search for "window screen parts" a lot of options will appear. There are retailers who have nothing but screen parts; frame, corners, pins, latches...
 
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Old 03-01-21, 03:49 PM
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Youtube will probably help you out more than any one of us can describe with words.

Search for "window screen crossbar clips" and "how to replace a window screen plunger latch ".

Biggest problem i encounter is that box stores don't typically stock extrusions that are an exact match for your factory window screens.. if you check them with a caliper you will see the difference. And sometimes the factory screens have pile weatherstripping whereas the cheap box store extrusions typically don't. That can let bugs in.

But there are lots of sources online too, and you may be able to find a good match that way.
 
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Dane-

Could you recommend a retailer that is good for these ? I realize I an go on Amazon and search for anything, but I don't see all the parts I'm looking for on there, and my local Home Depot didn't have much.

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They sell those. I install them all the time. There are different sizes. You might have to drill out the window frame ever so slightly to accommodate the new pegs.

You might want to find the local hardware store and they will fabricate it for you. If you do here are the key points to get a well made product. You need to give the screen repair guy exact dimensions from each side and allow about 1/8" slop for him to work with. Have him make the frame without a screen, take it home and do a test fit. If it fits then have him install screening. If not tell him exactly were to make smaller or bigger. You need to give exact dimensions and locations for the pegs. Use a marker to show locations.
 
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There are also a ton of places that make screens, which might be easier and end up being more professional looking, better fitting... assuming you give them the right measurements. Google "Custom aluminum window screens".
 
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XSleeper & Norm201 & Pilot Dane- OK thanks. Didn't realize that all these parts were available online. Thanks for the advice. I'll just order the parts online and give it a try building one myself.

 
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Old 03-02-21, 04:28 AM
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ualdriver, If it's just the one screen you need I suggest you have it done. It certainly does not take an Einstein to repair a screen but for the cost and what is worth the pro's have the proper equipment (a large flat bench is the most important) and will guarantee their work (Although it is not store policy, I do in fact give all my customers a one year warranty, had to invoke it a few times. ).
BTW... there is a knack to properly stretch the screen to avoid bowing of frame and puckering or looseness of screen material. I'll also highly recommend clothe vs aluminum. Also that center stiffener. Use it, it's important.
 
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.................Thanks Norm201!
 
 

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