Fix A Screen Window Tear

In all my excitement that a) our President was actually in my part of the country and b) that the weather is finally warm again, I accidentally tore a tiny hole in my screen window by rushing to open it this afternoon. Whoops.
I found out exactly how to fix my tiny tear by looking to Martha Stewart. Though she’s normally my go-to for dessert recipes rather than DIY, she had some good tips. Here’s what Marty had to say.
Fill small holes in nylon or fiberglass screens with a few drops of instant adhesive.
Fill small holes in metal screens with epoxy (which I find smells bad, so it’s good there was an open window).
Patch it up! Patch kits are often available at home supply and hardware stores; follow the kit instructions to repair the tear

And if you’re brave enough to make your own patch, more instructions from Martha:
To make your own patch for nylon or fiberglass screens, cut a patch just barely larger than the hole. Apply a thin layer of fast-drying glue along the edges of the patch, and press it in place.
To avoid sticking fingers to glue, use low-tack painter’s tape to hold the screen together as it dries; cut a piece of tape larger than the patch, gently tape it to the patch, and leave until dry.
To make your own patch for a metal screen, cut a patch from a length of screening. Trim edges of the hole into a neat square opening. Make sure the patch is 1/2 inch larger all around than the hole to be repaired; bend edges’ teeth into right angles. Set patch over opening so teeth penetrate the screen. Turn screen over; bend teeth flat on other side to hold in place.
Photo: Martha Stewart

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.