Replace a broken window pane
Spring is upon us and that means more outdoor games and ball sports. However, too often a stray ball goes flying through a window and smash, broken into pieces! Don’t let broken windows lead you to think you need to call a handy man. Do it yourself with our how to project.
What you will need:
- Glass Cutter
- Putty Knife or Scraper/Glazer
- Hand Cleaner
- Work Gloves
- Razorblade Scraper
- Glazier’s Points
- Glass of Proper Size
- Window Scraper
- Metal Shield
- Linseed Oil
- Heat Gun or Soldering Tool
- First safely remove the broken glass. Wear thick protective gloves. Wrap the glass up safely in newspaper and in thick packets that they cannot penetrate.
- Remove all the excess dry putty on the windowsill using a putty knife – take care to remove this slowly as to not damage the windowsill.
- Remove all the glazier’s points while removing the putty. (These are the small metal triangles that hold the glass in place under the putty).
- If the putty is difficult to remove add a bit of heat to soften it.
- Use the chisel and putty knife to remove any rough spots and to smooth any edges.
- If you have a wooden window frame apply a bit of linseed oil to help the putty last longer.
- Add a very thin layer of base putty around the frame, this is to provide a cushion for new glass to be inserted into.
- Ensure your replacement glass is cut to the exact size (just a fraction smaller than the frame size) using your glass cutter.
- Insert the new glass into the frame adding the glazier’s points every 10cm to help secure the pane.
- Use the glazing tool and putty knife to push the glazier’s points into the wood.
- Start applying putty to the frame – putty should be thick and feel like dough.
- Roll putty into pencil size strips and apply it from each corner of the frame.
- Push the putty along all of the glass using the putty knife. Smooth it out with even strokes.
- Apply linseed oil to the glazier’s tool to help spread the putty smoother. Add a beveled angle to the putty.
- Remove any excess putty along corners or edges. Some sandpaper may be helpful in removing rough spots.
- Once dry paint the putty with the same colour as your frame.
- Once the paint is dry remove excess paint with a razor tool.
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