Install aluminum window screens from inside the home by opening the window fully, placing the top of the screen in the top screen channel, pulling up on the tabs and lowering the bottom of the screen into the lower channel. Center the screen, and ensure there are no large gaps.Continue Reading
A fully open window gives room to move the screen through the opening, allowing installation without climbing a ladder on the outside of the home.
Check the top and bottom channels that hold the screen in place for debris. Clean any dust or dirt from the channels using a stiff brush, soap and water.
Align the top of the screen across the top of the channel before attempting to insert it into the bottom channel.
Grasp the plastic tabs at the bottom of the screen. Lift up while pulling the screen toward you. When the screen aligns with the bottom channel, lower it into place.
Move the screen to center it in the opening. There should be no large gaps along the edges of the screen. If centering the screen leaves large gaps, it is too small and requires replacement to prevent insects and other pests from entering the home.
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To remove moisture between window panes, either replace the existing window or drill two small holes at the top and bottom corner of the affected window frame and install special one-way valves. Double-pane windows consist of two panes of glass sandwiched over a spacer filled with air or a gas such as argon or krypton. Moisture build-up occurs when the seal between panes breaks or when the desiccant inside the windows becomes saturated.Full Answer >
To measure windows for replacement, measure the width of the window between the jambs at the top, middle and bottom, and use the smallest measurement. Measure the height at the left, right and center of the window. Be sure to measure from the surface of the jambs, not from the extensions that hold the window. Measure the depth at the shortest point, and if you can't open the window, measure the width on the inside and multiply it by two.Full Answer >
To rescreen a window frame, remove the frame from the window to a flat work surface, pry out the old spline (the foam strip that steadies the screen), press the new screen into the groove and then press the new spline into place. This requires a screen that matches others in the home, a flathead screwdriver, a cutting tool, a spline roll and a spline rolling tool.Full Answer >