Steps to Repair a Broken Glass Window with a Wood Frame

If you have a single-paned, broken glass window with a wood frame, you may choose to complete the repair yourself. However, you must take precautions to ensure that you remain safe during the repair process. Here are a few steps to help you complete the repair of a glass window:

Don protective gear.

Even if you are accustomed to working with glass, protective gloves can help you avoid needless nicks and cuts. Garden gloves or work gloves should suffice. However, they must be made of a thick, dense material, such as leather, to ensure that broken glass cannot slice through them. In addition, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes.

Remove the old glazing and metal connectors.

The broken window pane will probably be bordered by old glazing putty and metal fasteners. These can be removed with a scraper or a standard utility knife by pressing the blade of the tool against the material as you circumvent the perimeter of the pane. Be careful not to apply too much pressure, or the pane could shatter. 

Remove the broken glass.

After the glazing and fasteners have been removed, you should be able to remove any remaining broken pieces of glass from the window frame. 

Measure your frame.

Measure the opening in your window frame and subtract about 1/8 of an inch from the width and the height to ensure that your glass will fit easily into the opening.

Cut your glass.

Using a glass cutter and a straight edge, cut your window glass according to the dimensions that you obtained when you measured your frame. If you are uncomfortable cutting the glass on your own, have it cut at a local hardware store. Be sure to provide the technician with the correct dimensions. 

Clean the wood of your window frame.

Clean the wood that will border you new glass. If the paint has started to peel or show signs of wear, sand and prime the wood so that the glazing putty will adhere properly. Allow any primer that you have applied to dry completely before moving on to your next step.

Place your glass into your frame. 

Carefully set your glass into the opening of your window, and carefully hold it in place. You can do so mechanically by pressing glazier's points into the window frame on each side. However, you can also solicit the help of another person to hold the glass steady.

Apply your putty.

Completely fill the space between the glass and the window frame with glazing putty, and allow the putty to dry. Once your putty dries, you can prime and paint it if you desire. 

Repairing a broken glass window is not difficult if you are comfortable working with glass. However, if you are inexperienced with window glass repairs, contact a local contractor to complete the job.

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