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5 DIY Steps To Replace Your Broken Window

Published on: June 10, 2019

Dealing with a broken window? Whether it was a wild throw by the children in your neighborhood or it was the freezing of water responsible for that crack, broken glass windows are painful for homemakers. While these shatter the exterior of your property, these can be problematic for maintaining optimal temperature inside.

Hence, if you have recently discovered the unfortunate event of the breaking of a window, you need to get it replaced. Though many homeowners would immediately call up a home improvement company in Washington, yet you can give it a try yourself. Want to know how?

Here is the step-by-step guide on how to replace a broken window:

Step 1: Remove the Broken Glass

Before you start with replacement, it is important to first remove a cracked pane of glass. For this you need to remove the putty from the window frame. Use a putty knife, wood chisel, or jackknife to remove every trace. To make sure you don’t get injured use protective gloves to protect your hands against cuts. Once you are done with putty removal, take out the broken glass.

Pro tip: For those stubborn areas, use heat to soften the putty. You can run a blow dryer along the putty and then with chisel pull away the remaining putty from the wood frame.

Step 2: Prepare Your Older Frames

With the help of a small paintbrush, apply a heavy coat of linseed oil. Then leave oil to be completely soaked before proceeding further. Actually, linseed oil is helpful to maximize the life of the putty and prevents evaporating or drying out of the same. So saturate the wood with linseed oil to make it last much longer.

Step 3: Add New Putty Layer

After oiling apply a very thin layer of putty around the frame. The base layer doesn’t need to be too thick as it is meant to provide a cushion for the new glass which has to be inserted. Basically, it will prevent the air from leaking around the glass. Hence, if you add a thick layer, it might swell or smudge, which could further impact clarity and visibility.

Step 4: New Glass Installation

Remember, the replacement glass has to be exactly the right size. For this let the professional cut it to the size required. You can then insert the new windowpane into the frame. Press it firmly with one hand and use your free hand to insert Glazier’s points every 4 inches on each side. This will help secure the pane firmly. Or you can consider taking help of your partner or a friend, to avoid any risks. Start with the Glazier’s point using the point of a putty knife or a glazing tool.

Step 5: Preparing Putty

Now when you have to place the putty, ensure the consistency to be dry and thick enough. In case, it is too stiff, you can thin it accordingly. Using an old piece of glass or a kneading board, work the putty into right shape and consistency. It has to be completely pliable and free of lumps. When ready, roll the prepared mixture into pencil-size strips and apply it in one corner of the window frame. Smooth it using a knife and hold the glazing tool at an angle for a smooth job. Cover the Glazier’s points nicely and if required you can paint the putty later.

So replacing a window can be a manageable task. However, you need to be little more careful and follow the above stated steps with the right tools.

If you need any kind of professional assistance, feel free to get in touch with 2FL Windows & Siding. Being a locally owned and operated home improvement company in Washington, we can serve you with all sorts of window replacement and installation services.

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