The benefits of replacement mesh screens: The most important benefit is safety.
Fireplace screens allow you to keep a fire burning and allow all the heat to penetrate into the room while keeping sparks and hot ambers from flying into your living space. Burns and home fires from hot ambers and sparks can obviously be very dangerous and are a common occurrence.
Fireplace Mesh Screens and Doors are cut to your specific measurements and are non returnable.
Screen Rod Kit Installation Instructions:
The Rod kit includes:
- Two (2) screen curtain rods
- One (1) center bracket
- One (1) secondary bracket for advanced installation
- One (1) screw
- One (1) nut
Tools you will need:
- Tape measure to determine exact center of fireplace opening
- Dark marker
- 3/16" drill bit— you may need more than one, depending on the thickness of your lintel
- 3/4" x 1/4" lag bolts for masonry fireplaces or 3/4" x 1/4" metal screws for metal fireboxes
- Either a hack saw, grinder, or cutting wheel, for cutting the metal rod
- Vise grip pliers or table vise
- For arched fireplaces, 4-6 washers
Using the tape measure, find the center of your fireplace opening. Align the center bracket and use a dark marker to mark its location. You will want to place the center bracket as far back from the face of the fireplace on the lintel as possible.
If your fireplace opening is arched or uniquely designed, you will want to install the rod kit behind the fireplace opening. In this case, you will use the secondary bracket included with the rod kit. (Remember, you are now installing the bracket on a vertical surface, rather than on a horizontal surface as with standard installation, and for this reason it is necessary to use the secondary bracket in conjunction with the center bracket. The secondary bracket will make it possible for the center bracket to hang horizontally as with standard installation.)
Next, drill a hole through your lintel into your fireplace using the 3/16” drill bit. Ultimately, the hole should extend approximately one inch into the masonry; it may take a few drill bits to accomplish this, as the average lintel is 1/4” inch thick.
Attach the center bracket (or the combined brackets, for arched fireplaces) to the lintel using either a lag bolt for your masonry fireplace or a metal screw for your metal firebox.
Both rods have a flat end; using a pair of vise grip pliers, very gently bend each flat end at a ninety degree angle. This will enable you to attach the rods directly to the side of your fireplace opening. If you are installing the rod kit using the secondary bracket for arched fireplaces, leave these ends flat.
Thread the curtain onto the rod. Then, lining up the last curtain ring (the ring farthest from the center) with the hole in the end of the rod, attach each into the side of your fireplace opening.This will ensure that the screen curtain does not slide into the middle.
The two rods should slightly overlap, allowing the curtain to close all the way.