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How to Attach a Wire Mesh to a Wood Screen

Some home improvement projects aren’t for professional contractors. For instance, you don’t have to call a general contractor to attach a wire mesh screen to a wood window or door. You can complete the home improvement task regardless of whether you’re replacing a screen or building one. Notwithstanding, there are some things you may have to do when you’re replacing a wire mesh screen. For example, if the old screen is still attached, you have to pry off the screen molding to remove it. You start at the center of the wood strip and work towards the ends.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire mesh screen
  • Utility knife
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • 2 1-by-2 inch cleats
  • 2 wooden wedges
  • Mallet
  • 2 sawhorses
  • 2 2-by-4 blocks
  • C-clamps
  • Work gloves
  • Wood putty (optional)
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  1. Attach Window Screens or Halves of Screened Doors

    • 1

      Cut the new screen approximately 1 inch longer and 1 inch wider than the window or door you’re covering. You can use a utility knife to complete the cut.

    • 2

      Place the wire screen mesh across the wooden door or window starting at the top edge of the wood. Use a staple gun to secure the screen to the wood.

    • 3

      Nail a 1-by-2 inch cleat to the flat surface you’re working on like a bench. Leave a gap between the cleat and wooden frame. Roll the screen down until it rests over the cleat. Using a hammer, nail the second 1-by-2 cleat on top of it.

    • 4

      Insert wooden wedges in the gap between the wooden frame and cleats on each side. The wedges go over the screen. Use a mallet to tap the wedges into the gap until the screen pulls tight.

    • 5

      Use a staple gun to attach the wire mesh screen along the sides and bottom of the wood. Generally, you want to place staples every 3 inches until attached.

    • 6

      Cut the excess wire mesh screening with a utility knife. You want to cut along the edges.

    • 7

      Hammer the screen moldings onto the edge of the wood. You may want to fill any nail holes with wood putty.

    Attach Mesh to a Larger Unit

    • 8

      Set up the two sawhorses. Remove the wooden door. Place the door on top of the sawhorses. Secure with C-clamps

    • 9

      Attach the wire screen at the top and bottom of the door using staples.

    • 10

      Lift each end of the door slowly to place two 2-by-4 blocks -- approximately the same length as the wooden frame across the sawhorses. The blocks slightly curve, or bow, the door upward.

    • 11

      Staple the screen onto the door starting at the sides. Remove the blocks from under the door then attach the screen’s moldings.