DIY Screen Repairs and Replacements

Wire screens accumulate plenty of wear, tear, and punctures throughout their lives, but repairing the damage is a simple task you can learn to do yourself.

  • From patches to replacements, fixing your own screens can be quick and easy.
    Photo by Fotolia/srckomkrit
  • “The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop” by Sharon and David Bowers.
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Sharon and David Bowers have written The Useful Book (Workman Publishing, 2016), a veritable encyclopedia of do-it-yourself — whatever “it” is, learn to cook it, build it, sew it, clean it, or repair it. Not only do the authors walk you step-by-step through handy repairs and projects, but they include illustrations, charts, and lists to keep their explanations simple and accessible. Like a shop teacher and a home economics teacher combined in print form, this book will have you prepared for anything!

You can purchase this book from the GRIT store: The Useful Book.

Some things seem to happen in slow motion — the first time you rode a bike without training wheels, the kiss at your wedding ... all the way to watching a toddler smash through your screen door. Even if you don’t have a blundering kid, pet, or spouse, your screen door is likely to accumulate nicks and punctures. You can patch tiny holes, and if you do so when you first see them, you might be able to stop them from getting bigger. But a screen is easy to replace, so as soon as bugs start to find passage through the holes or you’re sick of unsightly rips, pull the old and install the new. Here’s how to repair or replace a wire screen.


• Measuring tape
• Scissors
• Screwdriver or awl
• Spline installation tool
• Utility knife


• Replacement screen
• Replacement spline (optional)

Fix Holes in Wire Screen

1. Make the patch. Use scissors to cut a piece of screen a couple of inches wider on all sides than the hole from a roll of extra screen or use a patch from a repair kit.

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