She watches out the patio door as cars go down the street.
She watches out the patio door as kids play in their yard across the street.
She watches out the patio door as the next door neighbor’s cat struts outside.
And she barks at them.
While trying to tear through the screen door.
Not only do I have a big ol’ rip in the screen in my sliding patio door but also the upstairs window screen where Lacey’s good for digging dog nails have ripped it too.
Someone has to defend our borders from birds, squirrels, and running children and that person is ME!
I replaced the ripped metal screens with a more sturdy dog resistant mesh to protect the screen door. It is a quick and easy repair. Best of all if you can replace a mesh screen on a sliding patio screen door , you already have all of the skills and technique necessary to replace the mesh screen on a window!
How to Repair a Ripped Sliding Door Screen
You will need the following supplies1 roll of replacement window and door screen – I used this replacement pet resistant mesh screen here
Spline – it looks like this
Screen rolling tool – there are many styles. I am using this exact screen rolling tool
Sharp utility knife
Step by Step how to do it tutorial
If you can remove the window or sliding screen door you want to to do so. I wasn’t sure how to put my sliding screen screen back on once I took it off the track so I left it attached to the door. I locked the door from inside the house otherwise the door will slide when I'm pulling the screen taught to fit the door frame.
1. Remove the ripped screen and spline.
Tip: Lock the screen door or it may open when you pull on the screen to remove it! Guess how I know?
2. Cut a few pieces of Gorilla Tape with the scissors and use it to temporarily tape the new screen to the top of the door (unless you have octopus arms and can hold the screen in place and install it at the same time.)
3. Lay the window spline onto the mesh and use the screen rolling to push the spline into the window channel to hold the window mesh screen in place.
I found it best to make one pass with the screen rolling tool to push the spline into the channel and hold the screen in place and then go over the spline as many times as needed to push it tightly and fully into the channel.
4. Repeat Step 3 on the other three sides of the patio door or window.
5. Use the utility knife to trim the excess screen from the door or window.
Dog resistant door screen? Challenge accepted.
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