Fix your Broken Screen Door (Tutorial)

It's finally warm enough to have our patio door open!  We are having some serious weather fluctuation here in Wisconsin, it goes from a 60 degree day to 90 degrees!  But it looks like summer is finally officially here which means it's time to clean up the deck from the long winter.  The dog recently ran through my screen door (naughty dog!) but replacing the screen in the door is a regular occurrence at our house between all the kiddos and the pup, so I thought I would share with you how easy it is (so you can finally fix that door that's been broken for how many years?).

What you need...... Check out you local True Value Hardware for all the supplies! They have everything you need to replace your screen!

You will need to measure your door before you go so that you know which size screen you need.  It needs to be a bit larger than your door, we will cut off the excess.  There are a few different options for screen, standard, heavy duty pet screen, and aluminum.  I chose the pet screen for obvious reasons.   The pet one is also a bit denser so it lets less light through, I like this because it lets the wind in but keeps the sun from warming things up to much inside.  Who knew there was so much to know about screen! 

Depending on the condition of the spline (a strip of black rubber that holds your screen in) you may need to pick up a new bag of this as well.  Again, this comes in a couple sizes and you will need to get the correct size.  Chances are your spline is still good and you can just use what's in there.  If it's not, take a piece of the old stuff into your True Value and ask for the correct size replacement.

Remove the screen door and lay it on the ground.  With your needle nose pliers, remove the spline.

Roll your screen out over your door frame.  You should have some overhang all the way around.

Now check out the fun spline tool.  It's the pizza cutter looking thing.  It has two different ends, one single wheel and one double.

You will want to start out with your double end.  It helps hold the spline until you are able to get it down into the groove.  Once it's in place you can turn the tool around and use the single wheel to really press it into place.

If your putting new spline in you will need to cut it to length as you go.  Press it into the groove on all four sides.  Make sure your screen stays flat and doesn't have any bubbles in it.  You won't have to worry to much about tension, just that it lays flat as you go.

Trim the excess screen with a box cutter.

Easy right!  You can totally do this!  Even without a ruggedly handsome assistant.....

Disclosure- I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.


  1. Awesome tutorial! I have this book marked and am certain I will be refering to it soon. I have 2 dogs that like to rip up/run through my screen.

  2. You do have a handsome assistant..:) Thanks for the Tutorial!!

  3. Great tutorial. We personally don't fix ours. We think it makes a great doggy door and we don't ever have to worry about the two big german shepherds breaking it, since it is already broken :) Maybe someday when we don't have them then we will change our mind but until then, broken screen doors work for us.

  4. I LOVED THIS DIY!!!!!!!
    Easy to follow and love the font detail!
    I needed to know how to do this!

  5. Ah Ha...that must be the mystery husband/assistant. He looks like a keeper !!!!

  6. AnonymousJune 01, 2011

    Great tutorial... I have to do this every spring due to a naughty kitty....

  7. If you knew how many screen doors I have (ahem) walked through...you would know how valuable this is! :)

  8. I agree that re-screening's not too bad a project and I don't do much handy work! I re-screened my parents' entire beach house (a TON of windows!) all by myself....... Then hurricane ike took the house... Womp womp (but that's another story!) You always make it look easy!

  9. You do have a handsome assistant..:) Thanks for taking time to post this.

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