I did a new semi annual customers home today for the first time. I believe these were Milgard windows. The screens were inside on the casement windows with four plungers. The problem was that they were just a tad oversized. I was able to get them off but for the life of me I could not get them back in place with a little half inch bow in the middle on the long edge.
I dont know if the person that put them in had some sort of trick or what. The screens are not damaged in any way and the little bow is not permanent.
I wonder if anyone has come across this problem and if there is some trick to getting tight screens like these back in flat.
I may call Milgard for their advice and if I get any good information I will share it.
Milguard built these in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy and all others before and after. I have seen this problem so many times with Millguard screens. There is no good reason other that what I stated before that would explain why they make the screns fit/not fit so tight. What makes it even worse is that they also use plastic corners that will break after a few years in the sun.
The only good side to this is that I rebuild screens. I have had to cut some screens down to a size that fits so that they could be put back in. I have also pulled the spline, removed the mesh, cleaned the window and re-screened in place in order to clean the window.
You just have to master “The Bump”, getting one side in and then giving the other corner a little tap. Also if the tap doesnt solve it, I usually use my pocket knife as a wedge, but a putty knife would probably be a safer sliding tool, I just always have my pocket knife on me so it is handy for popping screens out or sliding back in.
Yeah I use a screwdriver also. How many times I have slipped and wooops there goes the screen. What about bending a small hook on a pocket screwdriver about the size of the thickness of a screen. And grind the screwdriver shank more flat. May try this. Or heat up an old putty knife red hot and make a small bend to slide under the screen. Any thoughts?
I use a paint can opener that I have ground a little thinner. With milgard windows try inserting your tool at the bottom rather than the side. There is usually not enough room at the side to insert a tool.