Save money, keep cool by making sun screens for your windows

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by Catherine Holland

GMAZ interview by Javier Soto

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 2:00 PM

PHOENIX -- Debbie Hernandez of The Home Depot showed 3TV's Javier Soto how easy it is to make sun screens for your windows.

Not only will the solar screens keep your home cooler, they'll save you money, too, especially during the long hot summer. There's also a security aspect because while you can see outside, people who are outside cannot see in.

Start by measuring your windows. Remember, measure twice; cut once. From there, you'll want to get your frame materials.

The Home Depot has several kits designed for common window sizes, so cutting might not even be necessary. The kits contain everything you need, except tools. They have the frame edges, the frame corners, the mesh and the spline material, which is kind of like a rubber string that will hold the mesh securely to the frame.

In terms of tools, you'll need a hacksaw if you need to adjust the size of your frame. Don't push too hard or you'll bend the frame. You'll also need a spline tool, scissors and a utility knife.

Snap the frame's edges and corners together. Lay the frame on a flat surface.

Cut the screen larger than the frame. Lay the mesh squarely over the frame. Starting at one corner, use the grooved edge of the spline tool to press the spline material and mesh into the frame's channel. You'll want to keep the mesh taut, but not too tight. You don't want to distort the frame.

When you hit a corner, cut the mesh at an angle so there is no tucking.

Once the spline material is in place, use the utility knife to trim the excess mesh. Hold one end of the mesh and simply slide the knife along the edge of the frame.

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