How do you seal a loose fitting window screen?

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Does anyone have advice for how to repair a window screen? The screen is loose-fitting on the frame.


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  • Darlene Williman Darlene Williman on Jun 21, 2019

    Do you mean the frame of the screen is loose in the window opening or the screen itself is loose in the frame? It sounds like you mean the window screen/frame is loose in the window in which case I would think it depends on the type of window. If it is a wooden window maybe you can put small wedges between the screen frame and the window frame holding the frame solid against the window sides and jam. If You might also try running the pull and stick foam insulation strips. Just pus the screen tight against the frame and apply the insulation strips tight against the screen. If it is the screen loose in frame again it depends on the type of window. I have vinyl windows and the screen is held in place with a rubber gasket material that you insert into a groove with the screen going in first. There are probably shots/videos on You-Tube that show you how or instructions are on the rubber strip package. I would think that it is the same for aluminum window.

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    • Pam Pam on Sep 26, 2020

      My screen FRAMES are loose and those pesky flies get in. I have Vinyl windows. And if you have a fix what is it called ?

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Jun 21, 2019

    SAme question---Do you mean the frame of the screen is loose in the window opening or the screen itself is loose in the frame?

  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 22, 2019

    If its the screen thats loose, you buy a rubber gasket called a spline and the tool to push it into the groove in the frame, then you use a single edge razor blade to cut off the excess screen.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLO8ValLlQ4 very easy

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    • Sharon Sharon on Aug 29, 2020

      True Value Hardware store used to make the metal frame for screening at my store.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 23, 2021

    Get a new screen made for your window. Or you could also make your own frame and screen. Parts are available at hardware stores.