Thursday, 5 July 2012


Now this is a real easy project to do.  No joke.  Really.  Easy peasy....

There was this hole that progressively got bigger and bigger in my patio screen door, for over 3 years.
I have stuck my fingers in it, seen bugs come in for a  So I decided it was time.  Just don't do it when it's 100 degrees out.

You should remove the door frame in order to make your job easier, but I was having a hard time and I did not want to ruin the frame, so I decided to work with it in place.

Here is the hole.

                                You can purchase this screen repair kit at any hardware store.

                                                    First, remove both handles, the inside 
                                                          and the outside.

Next you need to remove the screen and the inside rubber thingy, yeah that's what I called it until I learned that it is called a  Just pry it at the corner and pull, pull, pull.  Remove the screen and discard.

Roll the screen out and because I did not remove the door frame, I would suggest that you use tape to 
temporarily hold it in place.

                             This is the tool that is in the kit that you use to install the screen.
                                               Sort of like a little pizza cutter.

Start at one corner and push the spine in place with your tool.  Continue on one side and then do the opposite side, and then finish off by doing the other 2 sides. 

              When all sides are complete, you trim the screen using a blade knife close to the edge.

                                                        Put both handles back on. 


                                                                Here it is, new screen.


  1. I hope a lot of people get to learn from your experience with that hole. It is easier to fix a small problem, there’s no doubt about that. The main benefit of patio doors is that they are relatively wider and allow more light into the house. But there’s a reason we don’t leave it open 24 hours a day –to limit the light and to keep insects away as well. And a patio door with holes in it is no different from a door opened all the time. By the way, I think your instructions are great! :D

  2. Thank you very much Nancy for comment. Much appreciated. You are definitely right, you want to keep those insects out. Have a great day.

  3. From the way you repaired your patio door screen, you certainly made it look so easy to do. It surely is good to have a talent in DIY, as it can be handy in repairing minor problems, like the hole in your door screen. And like what Nancy said, a patio door that has holes is like an open door. So, it would be good to check them once in a while for damages, and repair it early to avoid problems in the future.

  4. Thank you Li for your kind words and commenting. I really appreciate it. Yes, it really is good if you can DIY. Have a great weekend. Hugs