To replace a torn window screen:

  1. Place the screen frame on a flat surface.
  2. Insert a small screwdriver or the point of a utility knife under the end of the rubber spline.
  3. Pry the end of the spline out and remove the spline around the frame.
  4. Remove the screen wire from the frame.
  5. Position an oversized, new piece of screen over the frame.
  6. Use the convex end of a spline roller tool to push the screen into the groove at one end of the frame.
  7. Place the spline over the groove, and use the concave end of the roller tool to push it into the groove.
  8. Pull the screen tight at the other end of the frame, and use the roller tool to push the screen and spline into the groove.
  9. Pull each of the other two sides tight and press the spline in, being careful to avoid wrinkles.
  10. Trim off excess screen with a utility knife.
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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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