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May 13th, 2014
04:26 am


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Window screen problem
I urgently need screens that fit in the window frames of my workroom-- a combination of inertia and that getting something to work turned out to be harder than expected is colliding with the weather heating up.

The screens are the kind with two little spring loaded metal prongs which fit into holes in the sides of the frames.

Even when a screen was made, it turned out to fall out of the frame-- the prongs weren't quite reaching far enough. I've got some bluetack to possibly fill in some gaps, but I'm worried that it isn't strong enough. It also turned out that the springs for the prongs were weak-- does anyone know if the prongs can be replaced without completely disassembling the screen?

Weirdly, the screen for the adjacent slightly wider window doesn't stay in, either-- the prongs aren't reaching far enough into the holes. I don't see any geometrically possibly way the house could settle which would lead to two adjacent windows both widening at the bottom, and both of the glass windows move up and down easily.

Any ideas? Recommendations for professionals?

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Date:May 13th, 2014 11:05 am (UTC)
Is there any way you can add blocks to the window frame? Or attach magnets or velcro to the screen and frame if you need to get them in and out? Use removable putty to hold them in place? Replace the pins and springs yourself with more suitable versions? That's about all I've got for ideas. Oh, wait, use a spring-loaded curtain-rod across the opening to hold the screen in place?
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Date:May 13th, 2014 05:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much-- I've gotten a better grip from the frame by trimming off some of the plastic on the spring-loaded bolt so that the bolt extends farther, but it seems that the spring is dead or missing, so the bolt can't be trusted to stay extended.

I'm not sure how to get the old bolt out so that it can be replaced, but it's got to be possible.
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Date:May 13th, 2014 06:15 pm (UTC)
The good news is that a handyman who doesn't do screens has pointed me at a nearby window store, so I can have professionals take care of it.
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