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Old 03-28-2005, 06:51 AM   #1
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Screen door problem

Our son decided to push “hard” on a section of the screen door that must not have been well secured and it has pulled loose from the gasket that held it in place. Is it feasible to just loosen the gasket over the distance that has come loose, realign the screening, and then push the gasket back into place, or will I need some specialized tools?
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Old 03-28-2005, 07:28 AM   #2
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They make a tool for installing or reintalling the rubber gasket.
It looks like a pizza cutter wheel.
Can be picked up at any hardware store.
To prevent this I just installed at door guard.
I got it Home Depot and installed it on the the lower part of the screen door.
It is called a Pet Keeper Guard I think, it was only like $14.00
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Old 03-28-2005, 07:41 AM   #3
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You could try replacing the screening and gently try reinserting the rubber spline, however, once the screening is streched and trimmed there is not much material left over to work with. Without the proper tool for spline replacement you could possibly try using a butter knife. Don't try using anything sharper than that.
I would go to a home improvement center and buy the screening material and a spline replacement tool. This tool should not cost more than $3-$5 bucks. It will have a handle in the middle and two washer like disks on each end. One of the disks will have a concave edge and the other disks edge will be a convexed edge. Just roll the splining rope into the channel with the tool. Before going to purchase screening material check the rubber rope and make sure it is reusable, or you will have to buy new rope also. Also, leave the tool in the trailer when the job is completed as you will no doubt need it again in the future.

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Old 03-28-2005, 07:50 AM   #4
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Spline tool....

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Old 03-28-2005, 08:13 AM   #5
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Outstanding! Thanks for the input. The gasket looks to be in good condition, so with the spline tool you have mentioned—and shown—I should be able to take care of this!

And perhaps another firm reminder with a certain seven–year–old that he had better be more careful in the future! AND at least make him help me with the repair!
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