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Old 10-22-2012, 09:16 AM   #1
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Replacing the door screen? (newbie alert)

We bought our '95 Sovereign (21ft) last week.

The lower bug screen in the door is broken (pet damage).
Is it an easy thing to replace ourselves, or should we take the AS to a screen repair store?

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Old 10-22-2012, 09:18 AM   #2
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I just replaced mine, it took about 5 minutes to do the whole thing. I would go ahead and do the whole door so the screen matches.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:56 AM   #3
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Smile sceen replacement

Pur. new fiberglass screening, cheap screen spline roller, use nut pick or pointed tool pick out spline cut screen a little over size start spline in groove then roll in around opening thats it very simple
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:19 PM   #4
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Thanks! I purchased the supplies at Home Depot today so tonight I'll give it a try.
I guess it would be easier to do if I could take off the screen door, but it's attached with rivets, which I have no idea how to remove/re-attach later! (newbie here)
So, I'll try it with the door attached.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:30 PM   #5
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So, I'll try it with the door attached.
Let us know how it worked: our dog just poked a hole in ours, and I'm not interested in pulling the door.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:33 PM   #6
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I used the pet grade screen when I did mine. It looks darker and is almost like a sun screen. Down side was that it's so thick its hard to install. I did not pull my door when I did it. If I remember correctly I used clamps to hold the top in place while I worked on it.
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It worked and it looks great!

Not that difficult... although on the first attempt I did manage to slip while using the spline roller and it poked a hole in the almost installed screen ... The 2nd try worked out better
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It worked and it looks great!

Not that difficult... although on the first attempt I did manage to slip while using the spline roller and it poked a hole in the almost installed screen ... The 2nd try worked out better
Can anyone post pics of the tools needed to do the screen?
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:08 PM   #9
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Replaced the screen in our Airstream some years ago with lexan. Now we leave the main door open most all the time even with heat or AC on. Allows plenty of light in the Airstream and gives a great feeling of openness.
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Can anyone post pics of the tools needed to do the screen?

Mike,

Here is the spline roller: Shop Phifer Spline Roller with Plastic Handle at Lowes.com

Here is an example of the spline Shop New York Wire .125 x 100 Ft. Gray Spline at Lowes.com=

You'll need to buy the actual new screen itself.

And the last thing is a knife to cleanly cut the extra screen sticking out.

The only thing I'm not certain about is the needed thickness of the new spline. I read somewhere it's 0.125'. However, I'm not certain since I was able to reuse the one in my old screen door.
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Help me out here, what is Lexan?

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Jim:
Lexan is a brand of plexiglass
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It's a clear sheet of hard plastic. Plexiglass, lexan is a trade name, and I think it's a little stronger than plexiglas?
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they are different materials. plexiglass is acrylic and lexan is polycarbonate, much stronger and tougher. downside, it fails when in contact with hydrocarbons.
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