Replacing a screen

Replacing A Screen In A Wooden Frame

1 ON A WOODEN FRAME, PRY UP THE SCREEN MOLDING WITH A SCRAPER OR PUTTY KNIFE. If the molding is sealed with paint, cut through the paint film with a putty knife to free the molding. Remove the old screen and put the new material in place, leaving it oversized so that you'll have excess to pull on to tighten the screen.

2 STAPLE THE NEW SCREEN IN ONE CORNER AND STRETCH THE SCREEN TIGHT ACROSS TO THE NEAREST CORNER. Staple every few inches between the two corners. Stretch the screen tight to one of the remaining corners, staple it, and then work back toward the previously stapled corner, driving staples every few inches. Repeat with the remaining corner.

3 NAIL THE SCREEN MOLDING BACK IN PLACE WITH WIRE BRADS. Cut away the excess screen with a utility knife.

Replacing A Screen In An Aluminum Frame

1 PRY AND PULL THE VINYL SPLINE FROM THE GROOVES AROUND THE EDGE OF THE FRAME with a screwdriver and pliers. Keep the old spline if it's still flexible; if not, buy a new one.

2 PUT THE NEW SCREEN FABRIC OVER THE FRAME SO THAT IT OVERLAPS THE RETAINING GROOVES. Trim the corner as shown so that excess material won’t interfere with installing the screen.

3 USE A SPLINE ROLLER TO PRESS THE SPLINE AND SCREEN INTO THE GROOVES. Keep the screen tight as you advance the spline. Cut away the excess screen with a utility knife.

Window and glass door security

Locks For Sliding Windows

MATERIALS: Door or window lock

TOOLS: Screwdriver, drill and bits

To delay and, ideally, deter thieves, you need more than the standard window or patio door latch. Because you may need to exit through locked windows and doors yourself in an emergency, keep the key near the lock, but hidden from outside view. When possible, buy all latches from the same manufacturer so that the keys will be interchangeable. If local fire code permits it, further improve security by replacing single glazing with polycarbonate or wire-embedded glass. In some cases, you may even want to install security shutters, a grill, or a security gate. Windows and doors that are considered fire or emergency exits may not be allowed by law or fire codes to have locks that require separate keys. Make sure before you install them.

CASEMENT WINDOWS CAN BE CLOSED WITH A DOOR-BOLT-LIKE DEVICE that operates with a key. Screw the lock to the window and slide the bolt into a metal cup that mounts in the sill.

DRIVE A SCREW INTO THE TOP OF THE UPPER TRACK TO KEEP THIEVES FROM LIFTING A GLIDING WINDOW OUT OF ITS TRACK . To keep the window from sliding, drive a screw horizontally through the track.

SEVERAL COMPANIES MAKE LOCKS FOR SLIDING WINDOWS. On this one, a stop slips over the window track. Turn the lever one way to lock the window; turn it the other to allow it to slide. Other locks use a thumbscrew instead of a lever.

A KEY TRACK STOP IS A LOCKING STOP THAT YOU CAN ATTACH ANYWHERE ON THE TRACK. You can position it to lock the window shut, or so that the window opens only a certain amount, allowing for ventilation and safety.

Double-Hung Window Locks

ON DOUBLE-HUNG WINDOWS, YOU CAN INSTALL A LOCKING PIN that goes through one sash and into the next to keep intruders from lifting the sash. Some pins screw through a hole you drill, while others drive in and out with a special key that comes with them.

VENTILATING LOCKS SCREW TO THE SIDE OF THE TOP SASH AN INCH OR SO ABOVE THE MEETING RAIL When the pin is positioned as shown, it allows you to open the window until the pin strikes a plate screwed to the other sash. Slide the pin around the corner and you can raise the window the full amount.

A HINGED WEDGE LOCK NAILS IN THE WINDOW TRACK OF A DOUBLE-HUNG WINDOW. Choose a position for the wedge that lets you open the window enough to get fresh air. When the wedge is in place, the window will only rise up to it . When you swing the wedge out of the way, the window opens freely to any height.

A KEYED TURNBUCKLE REPUCES THE NORMAL UTCH, SO YOU’LL NEED A KEY TO OPEN THE WINDOW. A child-safety latch also replaces the original latch. It's similar to the childproof caps on medicine but easier to use. In order to open the window, a child has to be able to squeeze a lever while turning the latch.

Patio Door Locks

REINFORCE THE LOCK ON A PATIO DOOR WITH ASECURITY BAR. Screw the hinged side to the doorjamb and the locking saddle to the other jamb. Swing the bar into the saddle to lock the door; lift it out to allow the door to open. You can also set the bar so that the door will open partway.

A KEYED PATIO DOOR LOCK SCREWS TO THE SIDE OF THE DOOR. When you want to lock the door, put the bolt into a hole you've drilled into the doorframe. Unlock and lower the bolt to open the door.

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