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patricia wrote at 2008-04-26 22:47:15
Steve,   You appear to be very evolved and didn't take Karen's rating personally, yet responded with a non judmental and polite answer.  Good for you.  Have a great day!

Pete wrote at 2009-04-28 01:52:02
Forever door (EMCO) and Andersen use a flat spline (aluminum I think).  It's a pain, can't find it in local hardware stores. I'm looking for a generic replacement but have not found it yet.

Stormy wrote at 2009-05-07 04:14:10
Karen, I had the same problem as you.  I used a screw driver to pry out the metal bars and found that after laying the screen over the window, the metal was easily tapped back into the grooves with a rubber mallet.  Just start at one corner and work your way down.

p.s.  I visited the suggested anderson site and found no helpful info on this.

gmonahan wrote at 2009-05-26 04:34:26
I  also tapped the metal spline back in, but it was twisted from removal, and it warped the screen frame severely.

August wrote at 2009-09-23 21:55:14
I successfully used a 0.25 inch screen retainer spline in place of the original four Andersen metal strip to hold the replacement screen.The original metal

strips were 0.25 inches wide and the rubber spline

did the job. The spline is made by Prime-Line San Bernardino, CA 92407 P/N P 7645 .25 Dia X 25' Gray.

frank wrote at 2009-10-29 21:21:32
Karen-just use a small screwdriver to pry out the metal "spline" .  They come out in a curve. Then use fiberglass screen as a replacemnt-it is much cheaper, easier to use and it does not permit something from the alum. type that washes off on to the glass and over a long time it etches the glass.  I finally found a way to get this"etching" off---use oven cleaner on a damp sponge.

Just use a small hammer to tap the metal slpine back in palce.  Start to stop--15 minutes for me.

ps the andersen web site is a pile of junk!

Char wrote at 2010-04-16 16:44:06
I've got the same type of screens %26 I went to the Anderson site %26 had no luck. So I called Anderson Customer Service. After 20 minutes of searching everywhere--the rep could not find any information on repairing them or the tool that should be used to remove the metal spines OR a repair kit. Nothing. All they could offer is pricing of a replacement screen.

markl wrote at 2010-04-30 20:53:42
Steve: I don't know when this post was, but I found your answer to be quite appropriate and helpful. I guess some people want everything done for them. Keep up the good work. It is appreciated. Mark

David from RI wrote at 2010-05-22 22:39:13
I have a 15 year old Emco screen door screen that needed replacing. I called the EMCO customer service and ordered a replacement screen and spline. $18.00 including delivery.  Assuming that installation is not a problem (includes instructions) it would seem reasonable.

Shoudl arrive in 10 days so we will see.

Jan wrote at 2011-06-14 21:13:16
I ran across the same problem. Anderson would prefer you order all new screens from them. I also contacted Anderson Windows and got nowhere. It is a waste if all that needs to be replaced is the screen, not the frame.  

Trev wrote at 2012-06-29 21:14:44
Steve, I understand your response to Karen's rating of your answer to her question that you do this for free and it is hard work.  But let's be honest, as I learned when I followed your advise, your response was worthless.  Anderson does not have a great site, offers no information on screen repair, and was a waste of 20 minutes.  Better for you to say "I do not know, can anyone else help" than send us down this path.

Thanks to all who explained the real issues

Jim wrote at 2012-07-07 20:02:45
mY LARGE aNDERSONS DO HAVE A METAL SPLINE THT CAN EASILY BE REMOVED starting from one corner and slowly prying it out.  Install screen material as usual then tap the square metal splines in place.  No need to deform the frame then hammer it back into shape

Steve wrote at 2012-10-12 23:08:06

First of all we will just have to agree to disagree.  I personally think it's a very good site and I had no problem navigating the site to find answers to previous questions.  I would suggest, if you are so knowledgeable, that you volunteer your time. It would be a much better use of your time than your "worthless" critique!!


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Jeff wrote at 2012-11-13 18:35:25
Steve, thanks for your knowledge and time.  I am looking for the same thing as Karen and others.  Step by step 'How to' repair window screens that have metal splines.  My main concern is do you trim the screen as you would with rubber splines or do you cut screen to size to eliminate trimming?  I ask this because as you pry out the metal spline the screen stops in the bottom of the channel.  A video would be nice.

Steve Young wrote at 2012-11-30 02:02:48

Let's open up your comment to the community.  This is a subject that I have very little experience - and for a reason.  I hate working on the dam things!!  I really do like the Anderson site - you can also call them and talk with them.  They are incredibly helpful.  Good luck!

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