Yachts! Diamonds! Jet-setting across the globe! You will find none of these things in the glamorous world of window screen installation. Seriously, ya’ll, window screen installation is labor intensive, requires a great deal of patience and much more muscle than I anticipated. It was, as you may have guessed, not glamorous at all. I was sweating like a pig waiting for slaughter.
But I want my glamorous readers to learn from my toil. So here’s my tips and tricks for installing window screens in an Airstream. (Note: Not all Airstreams will have the same type of windows as mine, but it will work for many models, including my ’79 Sovereign.)
- Spline (rubber cord that holds the screening into a screen frame)
- Spline Roller
- Razor Blade or utility knife
- Optional, but recommended, Flat Head Screwdriver
- Optional: Heavy duty tape or your significant other.
Step 1: (If necessary) Take out old screen. You can neatly pop out and unpeel the old spline, or you can do as I did and punch right through that old screen!
Step 2: Measure the window and cut screen mesh approximately 2 inches larger than the window on all sides.
Step 4: Using a flat head screwdriver or the spline roller, insert the end of the new spline into the groove of the window frame.
Step 6: When you get back to the beginning of the spline, cut it and wham, bam, thank you, ma’am, new window screen!
New screens make such a difference, huh?