Replacing a Pool Screen
When it comes time to replace your pool screen, you shouldn’t feel the need to buy a brand new one and throw the old one out. In fact, all you need to do is replace the sections that are damaged. This task is simple enough that you don’t need to hire a professional to take care of it; you can do it yourself.
Step 1 - Use Care When Purchasing Your Screen Material
Since screen comes in different colors, different sizes, and with different size openings, it is important to make sure you purchase the same material that your existing screen is made of. The best way to do this is to cut a small square of screen from the section that you are going to be replacing and take it to the store with you. You can then ensure a perfect match.
Step 2 - Remove the Old Section of Screen
The screen is held into the seams by a rubber strip called spline. Wedge the wire cutters under the spline and pry it up. Now that the spline is slightly lifted, you can easily remove it by merely pulling it up out of the crevice it is wedged into. Remove the spline in a similar fashion to removing a bandage, start at one end and peel until you have unhooked the entire thing.
With the spline removed, the screen is easy to pop out of place by simply pulling it out of the crevice and discarding it.
Step 3 - Put the New Screen in Place
For this step you might need a friend to help you hold the screen in place. While the screen is being held in place, take some of the spline and start wedging the screen into the seam. After you have done one of the four sides of the screen, use the spline roller to really wedge the screen and the spline into the crevice. It is easiest if you start with the top portion of the screen. When you have that section completed, move onto one of either of the two sides. Repeat the spline installation along the sides before finishing with the bottom portion. When affixing the spline, ensure the screen is pulled taut.
Step 4 - Remove Excess Screen
Using the wire cutters, go around the entire frame of the screen and cut the screen flush with the spline. Discard the excess screen. Admire your job well done that cost you significantly less money than placing a phone call to have a professional come out to do it for you. Save any leftover materials for a later date in case another portion of your pool screen needs to be replaced.