Broken Window? How To Repair It Yourself

11 May 2016
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If you are a do-it-yourselfer and have recently found a broken glass window in your home, you probably want to try to save money and fix it yourself. As long as the window is single pane and has a wooden frame, this article will explain what you need to do to repair the broken window on your own without expert assistance.

Wear Protective Gear.

Before you get started with the repair itself, you will want to ensure that you protect yourself from any unnecessary cuts. You will need to put on a pair of work or garden gloves to protect your hands. Just make sure they're made from something thick, such as leather, to make sure that a piece of broken glass can't slice through the material. Also, you will want to slide on a pair of safety goggles just in case a piece of glass goes flying through the air during your repair. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

Repairing the Glass Window.

Once you have protective gear on, you can now start repairing the window. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Use a utility knife or scraper to remove old putty and metal connectors around the outside of the window pane.
  2. Remove the broken window pane from the wooden frame. Keep in mind that the glass may fall out in separate pieces depending on how the pane is broken.
  3. Measure the height and width of the window frame to determine the size of the window glass that you need to cut.
  4. Using a straight edge and a glass cutter, cut a piece of window glass according to the previously-obtained measurements. If you do not feel comfortable cutting the glass yourself or do not have the tools to cut glass, you can go to a hardware store and have a technician cut the glass for you. Simply provide them with the measurements.
  5. Thoroughly clean the wooden frame. Alternatively, if the paint on the wood needs to be refreshed, sand it down and apply a coat of primer.
  6. Set your new piece of glass in place and add putty between the wooden frame and the glass to hold the glass in place.
  7. Once the putty has dried, you can apply a fresh coat of paint to the wooden window frame.

If you are a skilled handyman, it isn't difficult to repair a broken window yourself. However, if you are not comfortable with DIY projects or even working with broken glass, then this might not be a project that you want to try to do on your own. If this is the case, you may want to consider contacting someone experienced with residential glass repairs or a local contractor in your area, such as those at Action Glass


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