If you have a missing or severely damaged window screen, you probably need a new one. Now you’re probably asking, “Gees, where do I find screens for mobile home windows?” You’re in luck. Mobile home window screens aren’t much different than screens for any type of window. The trick is finding them in the right size.
To obtain the correct screen size, you have two options. First option is to build the screen yourself using frame kits available at many home improvement stores. The second option is to spend a few extra dollars and order them online. For what little money they charge to build and ship the screens, I personally wouldn’t bother with making them. But for those of you who wish to build your own screens, read on.
Step 1 – Know the size of screen you will be building. Either measure the old screen or a same-size screen from another window, or measure from frame to frame in window and subtract 1/4″.
Step 2 – Purchase a window screen frame kit at an area home improvement store. Pick up a roll of screen that will match your existing windows. You will also need a spline tool. If the kit does not contain top springs and hand pulls, you need to buy those too.
Step 4 – Using the measurement taken from step 1, cut frame of screen using a hack saw. Before cutting, be sure to subtract the length of each corner. Instructions with the screen kit should tell you how much to subtract.
Step 8 – Using spline roller, push spline into groove. Gradually work the spline around the frame until it’s well seated. As the spline is pushed into the groove, the screen will become taught.
A note about spline. Spline comes in several widths. If you are not buying a frame kit, I’d recommend buying the spline in a multi-pack. A multi-pack contains spline in several widths. When you get home with all the materials, you’ll then know for sure you have the correct spline.
Step 9 – Using a utility knife with a brand new sharp blade, carefully trim off excess screen.
Step 10 – Enjoy your new screen!