How to patch a window screen – Window Screen Repair



all right I'm going to show an easy way to repair a hole in a Windows screen without having to replace the whole screen so the first thing you need to do you can actually go and buy a Windows screen repair kit and this has little pieces of screening material already pre-cut some of them have beveled edges some of them are just flat and I'll use a piece of the screen just to kind of show you but you can also go to your local hardware store and grab them just cut you a small piece of aluminum screen and you can either get the bright aluminum color or you can get a charcoal color depending on the screen that you're going to repair and whether you have fiberglass or aluminum it doesn't matter but your patch has to be aluminum so to repair a hole in the screen all you're really going to need is a paper clip and I've bent it open to use it like a tool and a pair of scissors if you get a piece of aluminum screening at your local hardware store it's very easy to just cut it to size and it cuts without bending up and what we're going to do is we're going to pick a size that's just a little bit larger than the hole and we're going to use the paper clip as a tool and we're going to work on opposite sides and we're just going to pull away about four rows of the wire and that will give us a little over a quarter inch on each side and we're going to use this to weave into the screen and so I just flip it around and I'm just working on two sides removing four rows and this is going to give us the weave here that's going to allow us to push it into the existing screen but we have our patch we're going to bend the two sides where we removed those rows and I'm just using a piece of cardboard and I'm lining it up to the end of that row and I'm just going to bend these at a ninety degree and I'm going to try to make them as straight as possible and then I'm going to turn it around and you have to leave it a little bit of an angle because of the rule that we bent and now I'm just going to push it down and Bend all the ends here 90 degrees and now I'm just going to work it and take your time take a couple extra minutes here and just make sure everything's at a 90 and they're all fairly straight if you've got a few of these rows that are bent then use your paperclip and just work with them bend them and what we want to end up doing is have a nice u-shape so we have all these rows that we can insert into the existing stream so I have my patch and I've got the ends at a ninety degree and what I'm going to do is I'm going to just weave it into the existing screen now I have a hole in a fiberglass screen and this aluminium patch that I'm placing over the hole we're just going to take our time and because we're going into fiberglass it's going to take a little bit of weaving it tends to catch a little bit so there the one side is is in and then we're just going to take our time and we're going to push all the little ends right in like that and cover the patch and once you have the patch over the hole and nice and tight all we're going to do is hold it from the bottom and we're going to push over all those pieces of aluminum that we push through and we're just going to flatten it out using a little bit of pressure and now you can also go back and use your tool and straighten it out so it visually looks nice but it's going to completely cover the hole and at a distance in the sunlight you're not even going to see it and what I'll do is I'll come back and I'll flatten this out real nice but that's all it takes to repair a hole in the existing screen if you don't want to replace the whole screen

16 Comments

  • Cindy Yan

    April 15, 2019

    Will this work on a retractable screen?

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  • Leslie Mercurio

    April 15, 2019

    I’m on the third floor and the rip is in the screen on the patio. I don’t have access to the outside of the screen so how would I repair the rip?

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  • ZC Creations

    April 15, 2019

    Very helpful. Thanks!

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  • VeeSentDays’ Endz

    April 15, 2019

    Wow!! Easy peazy!

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  • Dougie Quick

    April 15, 2019

    I never have luck gluing but I still save any particularly yet serviceable hunks of old screen …then rather than gluing, I simply SEW them overlapped on whatever new breech in the fabric…in fact just did a 5"X 15" section of sliding screen door right at the edge surrounding in the latch area …I simply pried out the rubber cord out pulling it loose in both directions and then with needle and thread, sitting in a chair I hand sewed a patch I'd cut just big enough to over lap and stitch in…next I trimmed out any excess within the patched area…then stretched it tight and pressed the cord back in…the final step was to run my razor knife down the metal for a neat trim …looks totally patched but but neatly done with obvious pride in workmanship …it is quality work! No skeeters getting through THERE this summer! …I like it on account of it reveals my resourceful, innovative nature (well okay AND cheap assed) Laugh all you want but it is another wonderfully elegant, mechanically SOUND redressment to another of my my not so loyal best (canine) friend's impudent escapades…if you ask me anyway…. After all any job worth doing, is worth the challenge of doing FREE without leaving the site …stuff like this keeps the snobs off my property also, for they apparently simply cannot take such things lol There's wrong way. a right way and a different way…

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  • Mys Led

    April 15, 2019

    You wouldn't happen to have any videos or advice on repairing a bent or broken aluminum window screen frame or am I out of luck and just have to go out and buy a new frame?

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  • FIX IT Home Improvement Channel

    April 15, 2019

    +Keshia K Hi, here is a link to another type of patch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GhS2DjHIfo

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  • TheReal Keshia

    April 15, 2019

    But what about if you can't take your screen off the window to repair it?

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  • J.R. Robertson

    April 15, 2019

    thanks!

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  • ProductPlacer

    April 15, 2019

    Do you think this will work well enough if I cannot remove the screen from the window?  It appears the screen can really only be removed from the outside and it is on the 4th floor.

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  • Arsenic Dream

    April 15, 2019

    my cat ruined mine

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  • Linda Shaffer

    April 15, 2019

    Thank you for sharing such a smart and simple way to repair a screen.  Just want I needed.

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  • 77macgruber

    April 15, 2019

    Thanks!

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  • FIX IT Home Improvement Channel

    April 15, 2019

    It's a great little patch

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  • funkyjones

    April 15, 2019

    Genius!

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  • FIX IT Home Improvement Channel

    April 15, 2019

    Great!

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