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Old 04-29-2013, 10:52 PM   #1
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screen repair

I have a 2007 Safari and the screen material is coming out of the frame on one of the windows. There are no tears, so screen replacement isn't needed but I would like to get the material secured back into the frame. What is the most effective way to make this kind of repair? And what tools should I use?

Thanks for any input....This is all new to me!

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Old 04-30-2013, 07:58 AM   #2
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Is the screen spline still there? That's the round cord-like stuff that holds the screen in the channel in the frame. Sometimes it's not round - may be triangular for example. If it's still there, you may be able to re-position the screen over the channel in the frame and press the screen back into the channel with the spline to hold it in position. Quite often though, the spline has shrunk or dried out which is why it let the screen escape, and if you put it back together with the original screen and spline, it'll only be a temporary repair. But, it's worth a shot since it won't cost you anything to try it.

They sell screen spline tools at hardware stores or big lumber yards. They are a handle with a wheel on each end. One of the wheels has a groove in it to hold the spline while you start pressing it into the channel on the frame, and then you use the fully round wheel to finish pressing the spline completely into the channel. But, if you only have a small section to put back in, a blunt screwdriver, popsicle stick, or even your fingers will work ok. Just be careful not to rip the screen while putting it back together.

If you decide to buy new spline, bring a piece of the old spline with you as it comes in different diameters.


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Old 04-30-2013, 09:40 AM   #3
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If you replace the spline take some old stuff with you to make sure you get the right diameter. I had some that was too big and was struggling to get the stuff in the groove. If you have to struggle its not the right diameter. It is not hard to put in a complete new screen. I recommend removing the frame to do this.

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Old 04-30-2013, 10:53 AM   #4
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I have a similar problem but can't get the screen out. Do you remove the little wire loops or what? I can't get the screen to move. I thought they just raised up. Mine is on my 06 Safari FB crank out windows.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:03 PM   #5
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Window screens are just like a silk screen that prints a tee-shirt. When a little area slides out of place, it is really hard to repair it. And the screen has already been trimmed close to the cord. Your best bet is to take the frame out and do it all new, or at least thats what I would do...I have a few of those fixes going on myself.
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:02 PM   #6
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Through your responses, I decided to remove the screen, and took if for repair at the local hardware store. They were able to do a quick fix that involved no new materials, and didn't charge a penny. I am now comfortable with screen repair on my new (to me) Airstream. Many thanks for your help!

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