Repair Holes in a Pool Screen
A pool screen enclosure can offer you a nice divider from your little piece of paradise and the swarming insects that love to rain on your parade. Until a hole is formed and they weasel their way in, that is. Thinking about calling the repair man to take care of the job? Think again. Repairing holes in your pool screen is a task you can tackle yourself.
Step 1: Safety First
You will most likely be using a ladder to access the damaged portion of the screen that is above your head. Safety should be your first priority.
Never work directly above the pool with the pool cover on. If you fall into a pool with its cover on it will likely lead to a tragedy.
Be sure the ladder is secure before climbing. It is best to have a partner hold the bottom of the ladder. Having another person around will also be extremely helpful in case of an accident.
Step 2: Assess Damage
If you have actual holes in your screen, then you will be able to repair them. However, if the corners have been peeled up at the joints, you will need to replace at least a portion of the screen rather than merely repair it. A step by step guide can be found under “Replacing a Pool Screen” here at DoItYourself.com
Measure the size of the holes and cut the appropriate sized patches out of the mesh screen that you have purchased. To get an exact match, trace the hole on the existing screen and cut out an exact replica from the new material.
The existing hole will probably have rough and uneven edges. Use your scissors to cut the edges of the existing hole to give it smoother edges.
Step 4: Adhere the Patch
Dab some of the clear silicone caulk onto your fingers and cover the edges of the hole. Allow the caulk to become tacky. Apply caulk to the outer edges of the patch. Firmly press the patch onto the screen. Hold it in place for a few minutes to ensure the new screen pieces holds firm. Allow the caulk to dry at least 24 hours. Failure to let the caulk dry completely could result in more damage to the screen and the possibility of needing replacement.
Step 5: Trim It Up
If you were not able to get an exact fit for your patch, after the 24 hour drying period has passed use the industrial strength scissors to trim away the overlapping screen.
Step 6: Repeat Step for More Holes
Repeat steps 2 to 5 for all remaining holes. If you consider replacing the screen if you have many holes that need replacement. A few patches won’t be noticeable but many patched holes will look tacky. Multiple patched hole may also compromise the integrity of the entire screen.