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The Workbench: Rescreening your windows

  • The Workbench. Replacing a door screen: Set the new screen over the frame, leaving an equilateral border. Semi-firmly press the spline into the groove on one side and cut the spline to fit. Then roll out enough spline to cover the opposite side as well as the top and bottom. Continue with the opposite side as you clasp the edge of the screen. TOM WILMER 2014

There's more to screens than meets the eyes. If your window screens are tattered, it's an easy process to replace and simultaneously upgrade.

If your home has an incredible vista, consider using "invisible screen," with brand names such as UltraVue, ClearView and BetterVue.

"Invisible" screen isn't literally transparent, but it will increase the perceived optical clarity by as much as 25 percent. Even though the cost per square foot is double that of standard screen, it can be a wise investment.

Alternately, if your screens have been ripped and torn by cat claws, consider using Phifer brand Pet Screen, specifically designed to resist cat attacks.

I was skeptical when first introduced to Pet Screen by a client frustrated by her Bengal cat Rio's ongoing screen destruction derby. The manufacturer claims that the product is "seven times stronger than regular insect screens and resists damage by cats."

But I soon became a believer. Six months after the project was finished, every window screen remains showroom fresh. Meanwhile, Rio regularly sulks and plots revenge.

Many older homes feature vintage wood-frame window screens, often aluminum and sometimes copper. If you wish to maintain a home's architectural authenticity, aluminum screen is still readily available, while copper usually must be special ordered.

<b>Rescreening aluminum frames</b>

Tools required:

Flat-head screw driver


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