How to repair a tent screen

Written by ragnar danneskjold
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Window screens are the most fragile part of the tent. They are prone to tears and punctures. While replacing the entire screen through the factory can be prohibitively expensive, repairing small rips, tears and punctures is a simple and inexpensive repair to make at home. It takes little sewing skill and little material to make a lasting high-quality repair.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Window screen material
  • 5-10 pound test fishing line
  • Large gauge sewing needle

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  1. 1

    Trim loose pieces of screen thread and weave with the scissors. Remove all loose threads and torn ends from the perimeter of the tear or rip.

  2. 2

    Thread your needle with a small section of fishing line. Ensure that your fishing line is at least twice as long as the rip or tear is, in order to ensure that the entire rip can be repaired.

  3. 3

    Tie the free end of your fishing line to the untorn portion of the net screen at one end of the rip or tear. Use a double overhand knot to ensure that it is secure and will not pull loose.

  4. 4

    Pinch the torn edges of the rip together by hand and use the threaded needle to tightly sew the rip closed.

  5. 5

    Cut the line loose from the needle once the rip is sewn closed and tie the free end to the screen with a double overhand knot.

  1. 1

    Trim the loose pieces of screen around the edges of the hole or puncture with scissors.

  2. 2

    Cut a patch out of the window screen material with your scissors. Make sure the patch is large enough to cover the entire hole or puncture, with approximately ½-inch of overlap, to allow for sewing.

  3. 3

    Thread your needle with fishing line. Make sure the line is at least twice as long as the perimeter of your hole that needs to be patched, again, to allow for sewing.

  4. 4

    Follow the sewing instructions in Steps 3-5 from repairing small rips and tears above to complete the large hole repair.

Tips and warnings

  • When attaching a patch to repair a large hole or puncture, using adhesive to hold the patch in place until it is sewn can make the process easier.

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