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GH5938, Reviewed October 1993

Simple Home Repairs: Screened Doors and Windows

Patricia Klobe
Department of Environmental Design

Here are some common problems with screened doors and windows:

To repair them, you will need:

Replacing screen in wood frames

Aluminum, galvanized steel or plastic screen are recommended because they will not stain, rust or need painting. Match other screening when practical. Examine the frame. Is the screen built into the frame or attached to the edge of the frame with a molding trim piece? Compare Figures 1 and 2.

Screen built into the frame Screen attached to theedge of the frame

For screens attached to the frame:

If the screen is built into the frame:

Replacing screens in metal frames

Replacing screen-door hinges

Screen with hinge partly exposedScreen with hinges fully exposedExamine the old door hinges to see what type you need. The hinge may be either a "loose pin" type that allows removal of the pin or a "fixed pin" type that does not. The hinges also may be the full surface-mounted type with the hinge fully exposed when the door is closed (Figure 11), or the half-surface mounted type in which the hinge is only partially exposed when the door is closed (Figure 12).

To remove the door from the frame:

For loose-pin type hinges —

For the fixed-pin type hinges —

To rehang the door in the frame:

For loose-pin and fixed-pin type hinges —

Your benefits

The house will look better; insects will not enter; and the screen door will not be damaged further.

This guide was reprinted from the United States Department of Agriculture publication, Program Aid number 1193, Extension Service.
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