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    Fleck's Avatar
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    Anyone with screen door repair experience?

    My dog tore up the bottom section of screen in our patio door, and I replaced it tonight. The screen packaging recommended 0.125 sized spline and that did the job I guess, but it doesn't feel like the screen will hold up to much pressure without the spline popping out. Does it swell over time and make it more secure, or should I look at getting the next size up?
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    Re: Anyone with screen door repair experience?

    I've replaced screen a few times due to dogs. I've always gone with what the package said. It seems like the spline I've bought came with two sizes in the same package and you had to peel the two sections apart (like twizzlers). I hope that makes sense. I also used the spline tool to push the spline down into the groove it fits in. It looks like a pizza cutter. The next thing I did was buy a screen door grille to keep dogs from pushing directly on the screen. Good luck!
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    Re: Anyone with screen door repair experience?

    I'm pretty sure there will be no expanding. Every time I've replaced a screen, it was really, really snug.
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    Re: Anyone with screen door repair experience?

    Screen spine is sized by the size of the groove in your frame. I don't know why the package said *any* size, unless it was specifically for THAT frame. What size spline did you take out? Like Smykowski said, expect it to be very snug....

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    Re: Anyone with screen door repair experience?

    Just a tip- cut a few strips of wood the exact size of the inside of your screen. It will help ensure you don't bow the frame when running your last side of the screen
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