Window Pane Replacement – Do It Yourself
Household repairs and maintenance are already part of our daily chores. Doing these tasks may be accomplished by one person only or with the help of others’ expertise. A window pane replacement for instance is one of the many things that we need to learn on our own. Although some may think that it is a critical job considering that most of the window panes are made of glass, one has to consider that learning the proper way to do it will make the job easier. One good thing about in knowing how to do it yourself (DIY Window Replacement) is you just need to spend for the materials and save on labor cost.
There are different types of window panes and all of these need time and effort to be replaced when needed. Some may incorporate artistic touches of putting on designs on the damaged pane instead of replacing it. Some settle to replacing the whole wooden window. In times that the window pane replacement is needed, here are some tips so you can do it on your own.
The first step for the window pane replacement, in case it is made of glass, is to remove the old broken glass. As glass is very fragile and can do more harm if not handled properly, remove it very carefully. Ensure that you wear gloves and other safety goggles and all other tools needed are with you. You can remove the broken glass by tapping it with a hammer towards away from you. If the glass is just slightly damaged, you can remove it by unlocking the frame and remove the whole part carefully. Once the glass has been removed, scrape the remaining putty. Some may be harder to be removed and if there is an available propane torch, your work will be easier by heating it up. You may also use a hair dryer to soften the putty. Make sure that everything has been scraped then clean the surface in preparation for the installation of the new glass.
For the final part of window pane replacement, prepare the frame and apply new putty evenly on the sides and put on the glass accordingly. Lock the screws or the clips of the frame to secure and hold the glass properly. Then apply a glass sealant and let it dry again. Once the putty and sealant dried up, you may start removing the excess by scraping using a thinly flat chisel. It is also important not to scratch the glass so you may put on a rag while scraping the excess putty and sealant. Then clean the surface with soft and water. For shinier look use old newspapers to dry the glass.
It is important that you have planned it well when you desire to facilitate window pane replacement. Giving time and focus on the things you are doing will produce good results. It may be hard at the start but the job is fulfilling once you see the new window pane.