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Problem:

Screen of a window has a minor hole.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Nail polish

  • Fast-drying epoxy glue (clear)

  • Fine-pointed brush (like what an artist uses) (for use with epoxy glue since a brush usually comes with nail polish if that is used instead)

  • Toothpick

Solution:

Sometimes (if you're lucky), you may avoid having to replace an entire window screen if the hole/tear in the screen is small--small enough to be repaired.

Repairing a small hole/tear in a screen can be done in a few steps, and here's how:

  1. Use a toothpick (or something similar) to straighten out the thin threads/wires that make up the hole/tear of the screen.

  2. Having the threads/wires straightened to what they were before the hole/tear as best as you can, then use a brush to apply either epoxy glue or nail polish to such threads/wires in an effort to forever stabilize them as they are now; the nail polish or epoxy will harden the straightened threads/wires in place.

  3. In the course of applying either the nail polish or epoxy glue, make sure to keep the toothpick handy so that it can be used to poke out any inadvertent glue/nail-polish coverings of the by-design micro screen holes.

  4. Apply the nail polish or epoxy, as shown above in steps 2-3, as many times as seems necessary to ensure the threads/wires will stay in place so as to have effectively repaired hole/tear made by such threads/wires having been forced from their straightened positions.

If you are able to repair a window screen hole/tear without having to actually replace the whole screen, it can be worth your while to follow the above steps.

Ed the Handyman

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