One thing that I loved about my house when we bought it three years ago was the greenhouse in the yard. I knew that it needed a lot of work, but knew that I would eventually get around to making the repairs and would have a wonderful greenhouse to spend my free time in. I had to do some research to find out about replacing the glass panels that had been broken over the years. I wanted to be sure that the glass I was installing wasn't going to stop the sun's nutrients from reaching the plants and that the glass would be durable and last for many years. If you are building or repairing a greenhouse, visit through my blog to learn all about the glass that should be used.
If you have an unfortunate crack in a small pane of glass making up your wooden front door, you will want to replace it quickly to avoid injury. While larger glass replacements are best left to professionals, like the ones at Ryan's All-Glass, doing a replacement on a smaller pane may be able to be done on your own with a few tools and an extra set of hands. Here are some guidelines to follow when replacing a small pane of glass on your own.
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Remove The Broken Glass
To take your cracked pane of glass out of your door, first put on safety goggles and heavy-duty gloves to protect yourself from glass slivers and shards. It is a good idea to wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants to protect your skin as well. Place an old sheet or tarp next to the door to help collect any debris as it falls to the ground. Doing this with the door open is best as you can slide the tarp or sheet under the doorway and collect glass from both sides.
Tape a piece of masking tape across the broken pane diagonally in each direction, forming the letter X. Lightly tap the glass with a hammer, loosening it from the frame as a result. Some of the glass will stick to the tape making it easy to remove. Remove any shards from the edges of the frame using a pair of tweezers.
Replace With A New Pane
Measure the frame opening and have a new pane cut at a glass replacement service. Prepare the frame by cleaning it completely before putting in the new glass so it adheres properly. Use a mild detergent mixed with water to wipe down the surface of the frame opening. Use a non-abrasive sponge to scrub in the cleaner and wipe off with a piece of microfiber cloth. After the frame is completely dry, have a friend come over to help you hold the new pane in place while you adhere it from the opposite side of the door.
Use wood putty along the four edges of the pane to keep it in place. Roll a piece of putty into a cylindrical shape and center it over one edge of the glass so it covers half of the glass and half of the frame in a parallel manner. Do this with the other three sides and then go to the other side of the door to repeat the process. The putty will harden, holding the glass within the frame. Use a utility knife to remove any excess putty and repaint around the frame if needed.