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How to Install Window Screens

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    LESLIE: William in California, welcome to The Money Pit. What can we help you with?

    WILLIAM: We’re going to put screens over the whole window on the outside; you know, not just – you know. Because you just open them from the inside.

    TOM: OK.

    WILLIAM: And what we wanted to do is I was – I just don’t want to put the screen over it but a border around it or something, you know?

    TOM: Well, what you need to do is you need to create a wood frame for it first. If you want to make a wood screen you basically make a wood frame and that frame has a groove in it and the groove is designed to hold the screening material and the screening material is held in by like a rubber cord …

    LESLIE: Mm-hmm.

    TOM: … that gets pressed in all the way around. It’s a screening tool that you use. So if you want to create it you would have to build the frames to each window’s side and then insert the screening and then they could simply be screwed on from the outside and then taken off …

    LESLIE: (overlapping voices) And you know what? That’s actually – it’s actually really easy because if you go to your home center, in the aisle where they sell the screen doors you’ll find the rolls of the screening material, the fiberglass screening, in a variety of colors and different opacities, you know, so you can see through them a little bit better. And then they sell the metal tracking as components. It’ll be four sides and then you need to pick up the four corners. And there’s even instructions right there telling you how much extra space you need to allow and how much longer you should cut everything. Then you snap everything together and then the tool that Tom mentioned, it looks like a double-ended pizza cutter and that feeds the – this rubber hosing into the track with the screen to keep it really secure.

    WILLIAM: Oh, you can buy the track? You’re saying you put that on the wood and then you push the screen into it?

    LESLIE: Mm-hmm.

    TOM: Yes, exactly.

    WILLIAM: Alright. Well, I appreciate that.

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