When you notice damages in the patio screen panel, you will come across the need to replace it. This is a relatively easy job to do. You don’t need to call a handyman to get the job done. Instead, you can proceed with it and get the project completed on your own. All you need to have is a clear direction on how to replace the patio screen panel accordingly.
Here are the steps that you need to follow when you are trying to replace your broken patio screen panel.
Things you need to replace the patio screen panel
You need to make sure that you are equipped with appropriate tools before you can move forward and replace the patio screen panel. This is where you need to get a roll of screen, spline and a spline roller. In addition to that, you should have a utility knife, tape measure, masking tape and scissors as well. It is handy to keep a screwdriver along with you to get the job done perfectly.
How to replace the patio screen panel
Once you are equipped, you can follow the below-mentioned steps and get the replacement job done on your own.
You should begin the job by removing the screen enclosures. In here, the screen is supported on rollers, which are riding in a track. You need to lift the screen, so that it comes out from the track. Then you can pull the bottom part and lower the door. This will help you to get it to clear the top edge of frame with minimum hassle.
The next step is to remove the handle. You should remove the handle and provide unobstructed access to screen. In case if the handle is damaged, you should replace it.
You will often find splines of different lengths in each side of your frame. This is where you should use a pick or awl to catch and end and pry it up. You should make sure that you are not damaging the spline. Then you will be able to reuse it.
You should now grab the spline with the hand and pull it in the upward direction. Along with that, you can remove it. You should be following the same steps to remove the other spline as well.
Next, you should focus on removing the rollers. This is where you will need to pry the rollers from edge of door. If you have a screwdriver, you can get the job done with ease. In some of the doors, you will notice that there is a need to depress the spring clip, so that you can remove the rollers. You must carefully inspect the arrangement in your door and get the job done accordingly.
Now you have come to the stage where you are installing the new spline. You need to use a knife or scissors to cut it into appropriate lengths. The lengths must make sure that it fits perfectly well into the frame grooves. In addition to that, you need to make sure that you are getting the new spline, which is identical to the older one, in terms of the material used.
The next step is to align your replacement screen accordingly. You need to be extra careful when doing this, so that you can make sure that you are getting a perfect job done. You should lay the replacement screen on top of the door frame. Then you should align one edge of the screen along with exterior edge of the door. While doing that, you should make sure that the screen is positioned square to frame.
You should begin the replacement job from the corner. You can use the convex roller that comes along with the spline installation tool, so that you can press the screen to the groove, which is located along the edge of the door frame. You need to make sure that you are using the concave roller at all times to press spline to groove. You should also be applying a slight pressure. Then you should angle the tool to exterior of the frame. Then you can pull it tight.
Once you are done with installing the spline, you should trim the excess. This can be done with the help of a utility knife. Then you can proceed to the next stage where you are installing new rollers.
You can proceed to replace the screen panel within the door track. Once you do this, you can double check and make sure that it closes evenly.
Now you have almost come to the end of the replacement process. You just need to secure the replacement latch. If it is broken, you can buy a new one and secure it with the help of a screw.