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Old 08-13-2011, 02:53 PM   #1
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Spline for 1978 Argosy?

The spline I removed from our '78 Argosy windows is much smaller than anything available in a hardware store- even online I have found nothing close. Does anyone know of a source for that itsy-bitsy spline? I tried Outdoor Mart besides hardware stores and online sources.

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Old 08-13-2011, 08:12 PM   #2
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Whats a spline?
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Old 08-13-2011, 08:24 PM   #3
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Kathy,
Are you talking about the plastic channel material that fits on the ends of the aluminum panels to give a finished edge and keep you from cutting yourself on the sharp aluminum edges?
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Window screen spline

Spline is the tubing that holds a window screen into the channel of the window frame. My husband just measured the old spline from our Argosy with calipers and it appears to be 0.099 inches. I have searched high and low on the Internet, and finally just found a reference in the "RV Forum" to the following: Pelland Enterprises-- which has a 0.95" spline that will probably work. But I am wondering what others have done for re-screening...

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Oh, thats a spline.
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Aha! Well I guess it just goes to show, you're never too old to learn something new! Consider me now, properly educated.

I just rescreened my entire 76 Argy and used .025 rubber "spline" from home depo and it worked great. I used a screen mouse that they have there to install. I was thinking "gimmikie" but the darn thing worked great! I rescreened with charcoal nylon "see thru" screening material and you truly can see right thru as if there is no screen present. I'm still restoring mine, and have gotten used to chucking old material out of the windows. Have had to catch myself a couple of times because I cannot see the screens.
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Using the .095 spline may not be a good idea as the spline has to compress to hold the screen in place. Like Phrunes said, go to Home Depot and buy the small spline and one of the tools that presses it into the channel. Try it on one of the screens or on the screen door. I think you will find it works. Be sure to keep the tool centered over the spline as it will cut the screen if it slides off the spline.
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Hey Phrunes-
Thanks for your reply. Did you mean 0.125? The 0.125 is the really common one that all the hardware stores carry.
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Hey Phrunes-
Thanks for your reply. Did you mean 0.125? The 0.125 is the really common one that all the hardware stores carry.
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Hi Kathy...yes. I must have fat fingered the itty bitty keyboard on my iphone.
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Kathy - we re-screened our windows a few years ago, and had a similar problem to yours. Our spline was smaller than what we could find in the stores. We brought a piece to Home Depot, and the guy who helped us explained that ours had shrunk because it had dried out over the years. I don't remember what size spline we ended up with, but it was probably the 0.125. It worked really well, and we haven't had any problems with it. Good luck!

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