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Replacing Screen Pull Rings

A home owner from dover, ma says:
My screens are missing most of these (70-004). How do I put them on? Do I need a special tool?
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Dave Sr. from SWISCO responded:
The 70-004 pull ring is rolled in the screen when you spline in the screen wire. Since you already have the screen wire in the frame, may I suggest the 70-204 pull ring. This pull ring locks on the screen frame.
A handy person from Alpharetta Ga. says:
I received the pull rings and went to install them yesterday. They fit loosely on the frames, so I tried to compress them with a set of channel locks and that worked, but I don't believe this solution will last for an extended period of time. I thought of installing a small screw through the bracket and into the screen frame to hold them in place. Any thoughts?
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Dave Sr. from SWISCO responded:
Yes, I believe a screw would solve the problem.
A quick learner from PA says:
My ball screws are in the bottom sides of the window frames. Do you think these would work on the sides instead of the bottom?
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Paul from SWISCO responded:
Yes, people have done that; but be careful not to damage the track.
A home owner from Virginia says:
The 70-204 probably would work with my Malta screens. However, I have one concern about using it. The sills into which the ball headed screws would be placed are vinyl clad wood. Putting a hole into vinyl can cause it to crack, if not immediately, at least eventually. Furthermore, putting a hold in the vinyl cladding could allow water into the wood, causing eventual dry rot. Is there any way to ensure that cracking and leaking won't occur?
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Dave Sr. from SWISCO responded:
The Malta window is a problem and I understand your concern. However, it seems it's the only likely solution. Can you install the pull ring and screw on the side of the screen instead of the sill? This is something you may want to consider.

If you're going to install the screw into the sill, drill a small pilot hole into the vinyl and put some caulking on the screw or in the hole itself, sealing out the weather before you install the screw.
A home owner from Virginia says:

Thanks. What you suggested is exactly what I thought would be the best approach.
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