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Old 02-24-2006, 06:00 PM   #1
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Screen PAIN!

I am having a hard time installing new screens in my Argosy. I bought the aluminum screen, the .125 spline and a spline tool. I dont know what I am doing wrong but it is a hard job for me. I have read on here where it was easy. Should I have gotten a different material screen or is there a smaller size spline? I even lubricated the slots with WD-40. Any suggestions?
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Old 02-24-2006, 06:28 PM   #2
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I am having a hard time installing new screens in my Argosy. I bought the aluminum screen, the .125 spline and a spline tool. I dont know what I am doing wrong but it is a hard job for me. I have read on here where it was easy. Should I have gotten a different material screen or is there a smaller size spline? I even lubricated the slots with WD-40. Any suggestions?
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First problem is the aluminum wire, factory screens were fiberglass and I have found it is easier to install them with the frames mounted to the trailer. You can do them flat but the results will be interesting.

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Head on over to Home Depot or your local Airstream Dealer. You need to ask for fiberglass screen. Airstream used to have it in white but not anymore. It is silver or black now.

Now it will be easy to do!!
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Old 02-24-2006, 11:50 PM   #4
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Rember not to talk throught your screen. It will strain your voice.
Good luck with your project.
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Please no WD-40 in the track you'll end up with a black gooey mess. There is a new- no tear- screen fabric which you can get at Tru Valu, Ace or any other good hardware store. It is light enough to fit easily into the smaller track and will not tear. This fabric is great on screen doors since it will take abuse from many small hand and even big fingers. Your local Tru Valu will cut exactly the amount you need and unlike the big box retailer you will not have to buy a 1000' roll.
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First problem is the aluminum wire, factory screens were fiberglass and I have found it is easier to install them with the frames mounted to the trailer. You can do them flat but the results will be interesting.

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OK, I did not realize it was fiberglass. All I know is it is hard to put the aluminum in. I ripped out all the old screens and have already replaced 3 with the aluminum. I will go back and get the fiberglass screen for the 5 remaining screens. I did know not to take the windows out. Thanks for your help.
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The screens are hard to spline because they are curved, at least mine are. If yours are, you can put new screen mesh in by using a piece of wood that you cut to the profile of the curve. Make two of these and then put them under the curved sides of the screen when you are doing the splining. This will give support to the screen and you won't bend it flat. I don't actually have any idea how you would redo the screens with them attached. I recommend taking them off. But see what works for you.

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