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Wonderful Windows: A Crystal Clear Window Blog

Welcome to my window blog. My name is Christy, and this is one of a series of blogs I am making about homes and home repairs. I was inspired to write about these topics after remodelling our home and replacing a lot of elements like the windows. I am going to write about everything from choosing the right windows for your climate to keeping your glass squeaky clean. I hope that you like reading these blogs -- if they inspire or help you, share them with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or whatever social media you like! Thanks again for reading and enjoy!

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Smashed: How to Replace a Broken Pane of Glass

by Carla Johnson

If a window on your property has been broken, you may be considering how you can replace the pane of glass. Below is a step by step guide to replacing a broken windowpane.

1. Gather your tools

Before starting work, the first thing you should do is gather all the necessary tools together. You will need the following:

  • Pair of thick work gloves
  • Cardboard box
  • Putty knife
  • Measuring tape
  • Wire brush
  • Linseed oil
  • Heat gun
  • Glazier's points

2. Measure the window and buy a replacement pane of glass

Using the tape measure, measure the window frame. Take the measurement to a local hardware shop and buy a pane of replacement glass. Ask the staff at the hardware store to cut the glass so that it is slightly smaller than the required size. This will create room for the glass to expand once it is installed. You should also pick up a dozen glazier's points, which are small metal triangles that help to hold the pane of glass in the frame.

3. Remove the broken glass

Once you are back home, you should put on the gloves and proceed to remove any loose pieces of broken glass from the window frame. If you find it difficult to remove some pieces, warm the putty surrounding the glass using the heat gun. This should allow you to remove stubborn pieces of glass. Place the pieces of glass in the cardboard box to prevent accidental cuts. Then use your vacuum cleaner to pick up any smaller bits of glass from the floor surrounding the window.

4. Clean the window frame

Next, using the wire brush, clean the edge of the window frame which comes into contact with the glass. Then apply a thin layer of linseed oil to the frame, as this will help it to bond with the new putty. Take a piece of putty which is about the size of a golf ball and knead it in your hands so it warms up and becomes supple. 

5: Fit the new pane of glass

Finally, slide the new pane of glass into the window frame and attach glaziers points on either side of the glass to hold it in position. Use the putty knife to apply a thin layer of putty to the edge of glass, bonding it to the window frame. You should leave the putty for about a week to allow it to fully set before applying a fresh coat of paint.

If you need professional advice and assistance when dealing with a broken window, contact a professional window repair company.

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