Cannot Remove Window Screen


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Old 04-30-21, 04:23 PM
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Cannot Remove Window Screen

My vinyl windows are more than twenty years old. They have functioned flawlessly.
A balance spring broke. While removing the balance spring, I ripped the window
screen. There is no screen frame latch, so how can I remove the frame from the
track?

Screen Frame Latch:
https://i.postimg.cc/MKYtCnWn/latch-01.jpg

The screen frame track is uniform. There are no notches or cutouts. If there
were, I could align the frame with the notch and remove the frame from the track.

It's hard to believe, but it looks like these frames can never be removed. If that's
true, then the ripped screen can never be replaced!
 
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Old 04-30-21, 04:52 PM
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Impossible to tell much from that one close up picture of just the latch.
Why not just replace it in place?
 
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Old 04-30-21, 05:48 PM
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Sounds like the storm window needs to be taken down first. Perimeter screws on the outside come out then carefully pry the storm window off. Once it's off you can remove the screen.
 
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Old 04-30-21, 09:59 PM
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That picture of a frame latch is from Google Images.

My house is about sixty years old and the original windows were wood. The storm
windows were mounted in a three track aluminum frame. Two panes of sliding glass
and a screen. It was awful!

I replaced all of them with modern vinyl windows. Vinyl windows are double (sometimes
triple) paned. Argon or krypton gas is injected between the sealed panes . That horrible
three track storm window is not needed.

As I said, the screen frames that are part of each vinyl window assembly have no latches.
They seem to be locked permanently into their tracks. I have no idea how to remove
the frame.
 
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Old 04-30-21, 10:26 PM
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Well we probably need a picture of your window screen, not some random picture of an aluminum storm window screen latch from the internet. Not sure what the point of that photo was.

Typically on a double hung, vinyl replacement window screens are spring loaded and push to one side to remove. (From inside they typically push to the left, then the right side will be free to pop out to the outside.) You might need to use a putty knife to pry.

We don't know if you have a casement, double hung, single hung, awning, horizontal slider... they all have different screens.
 
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Old 05-01-21, 03:59 AM
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You can be sure the screen is removable and reparable. As Xsleeper explains you need to show us pictures of YOUR windows. Include close up and overall pics.
 
 

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