Some the screens in our storm windows have holes in them: some holes made by nature, some made by man.
In the past I have replaced screening in old-style wooden screen doors which I showed you here. Screen doors get a lot of action and the screen in them gets a lot of abuse.
The window screens, however, are not usually at much risk for repeated damage and repairs are not so obvious. When this dining room storm window screen (wire mesh) was torn during Hurricane Irene I was going to take it to a screen repairer because I didn’t want to get involved in buying a new gasket, gasket tool, appropriate screen, etc. to repair it.
When I took a closer look I noticed the original rubber gasket was definitely doing its job holding the screening in the aluminum frame. I’m sure it’s brittle but before I could get to replacing it I’d have to remove it, the part of a job I don’t care for.
So I decided to try my hand at patching the screen. I had available some old screen which, unfortunately, was black and not grey like my screen but I used it anyway. Following Martha Stewart’s instructions I trimmed the hole in the screen to a tidy square.
Cut a piece of screening half-inch all around larger than the hole.
Then bend the frayed edges in a right angle with needle nose pliers.
Set the patch over the hole and let the ends push through to the other side. Flatten the ends away from the patch and trim them if they seem too long.
This patch is invisible from both inside the house and outside.The patch can be seen when the screen is in place probably because the patch is black.
So I’ll just pull down the shade and worry about it tomorrow.
In the morning light things looked better.
The view from the back yard wasn’t too bad either.
It was in good condition until our son used it as a study/coffee station and ruined the finish on the surface toward the back.
One of the things that stopped my progress dead in the water was that I could not remove all the drawers; they were really stuck. I finally had to resort to forcing them open a little then banging them out with a hammer.
One of the drawers needs to be all but totally rebuilt.
I believe the others just need to be planed down a little with the Surform and sand paper.
Once the drawers fit and glide I’ll sand the entire surface and lay on some primer. Then I want to paint the whole thing black. Kristen at The Frugal Girl has a great tutorial. It might look almost like the one below from Pinterest.
In the photos of our window repairs it’s highly evident that the window trim and fascia at The Glade have been in need of painting for a few years now.
I could say I was waiting to find out exactly where the new additions were going so I wouldn’t paint something that was ultimately going to be covered or removed but really it’s just a difficult job that I wanted to put off as long as possible.
The list of necessary items to be painted:
1st and 2nd story window trim at back of house
fascia and eaves on both sides
1st and second story trim on front of house
bird’s eye window and laundry window
Charlie does most of the outside work which requires climbing a ladder including cleaning and making small repairs to the gutters.
The truth is, however, that I’m more comfortable on a ladder than he. In my younger days as a theatrical technician I spent a lot of time at the top of an A-frame extension ladder. And you already know I’m the painter girl so up the ladder I must go with a scraper, some primer and a can of white exterior trim paint and my trusty paint brushes.
When I arrived home Charlie was up on the ladder scraping the old paint from the window frames. Gotta love that.
What have you been putting off? It’s not too late, is it?
Last August when Hurricane Irene rolled through and knocked a couple trees down in the yard, the only damage to the house was a bent rain gutter and broken storm windows.
We have old style wood sash windows with aluminum storm windows attached to the outside of the opening.
Once upon a time, before the advent of replacement windows, it was easy to find someone to repair storm windows.
Virtually every hardware store did it. Now there are few hardware stores (other than the big box stores) and fewer still who repair storm windows. So I was left with 2 aluminum window frames with the gaskets ripped and hanging out.
Recently I received a delivery of a classified book of local businesses in which I found Eastern Plate Glass Company who, among other things, repairs storm windows.
My windows are 28 inches by 30 inches and in addition to needing glass they required repairs to the rubber gaskets. The cost per window was about $28 including the labor. I dropped them off on Saturday and they were ready Monday morning.
While I was at their shop I noticed they also fix screens.
This is not the end of the project: 3 small window panes on the inside sash window were also broken but we know how to fix those ourselves. We’ll definitely let you know when we get up to it.
Where do you find old-fashioned craftspeople to make vintage repairs?