Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Remodeling

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-31-2010, 01:15 AM   #1
thedockguy
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Jacksonville, Fl
Posts: 11
Share |
Default

Windows Fogged Up


Does anyone know if it's possible to remove one glass pane from a double pane window and clean the "fog" or haze inside the two and then re-seal with caulking and new spline? Can the glass be removed or is it too far up into the aluminum frame to clear the metal? I have several like this but wanted to know if it's possible and will the "fog" come clean. Thanks in advance.

ozom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2010, 06:12 AM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Wilmington, DE
Posts: 3,118
Default

Windows Fogged Up


The glass is a sealed unit, once it leaks it has to be replaced. You need to replce the IGU(insulated glass unit), or the sash, which depends on the sash construction. Can you find a manufacturers name?? There is probably someone locally that can make up an IGU.

Just Bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2010, 06:47 AM   #3
Mod
 
kwikfishron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Kansas (NCK)
Posts: 7,357
Default

Windows Fogged Up


It can be done. It cost 50% of the cost of new glass. Can’t find any info on how long it last which tells me it doesn’t. Do it twice and you could have had new glass.

Here’s a video on the process.
__________________
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
Especially In The DIY Chatroom
kwikfishron is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2010, 07:39 AM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 9,519
Default

Windows Fogged Up


Quote:
Originally Posted by ozom View Post
Does anyone know if it's possible to remove one glass pane from a double pane window and clean the "fog" or haze inside the two and then re-seal with caulking and new spline? Can the glass be removed or is it too far up into the aluminum frame to clear the metal? I have several like this but wanted to know if it's possible and will the "fog" come clean. Thanks in advance.
It sounds like you have older insulated glass windows. As previously stated, taking it apart and trying to repair the glass you have is a waste of time and money. At this point, local glaziers can replace the insulated panel for a reasonable cost.
Just be aware this is the beginning of the issue. Don't be surprised if they start failing on a regular basis from this point on.
Ron
Ron6519 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2010, 08:40 AM   #5
Electrician
 
Proby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: NJ
Posts: 818
Default

Windows Fogged Up


Quote:
Originally Posted by Ron6519 View Post
Just be aware this is the beginning of the issue. Don't be surprised if they start failing on a regular basis from this point on.
Ron
From what, just poor assembly?
__________________
Anything fun is either illegal, immoral, or fattening.
Proby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2010, 03:52 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 9,519
Default

Windows Fogged Up


Quote:
Originally Posted by Proby View Post
From what, just poor assembly?
Older windows just didn't have the technology or methodology. When replacement windows first came out there was a plethora of companies that came to the market to fill the "upgrade" market. Many were flashes in the proverbial pan and disappeared. Others were diligent but lacked the expertise to make a sustenable product. Some built a product whose lifespan is at an end.
I don't know which category the poster falls into, but I would guess this is the first of a series of failures in his windows.
Aluminum windows and metal windows in general are older technology. That's why I thought the posters windows were 70's-80's vintage.
Ron
Ron6519 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2010, 05:01 PM   #7
thedockguy
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Jacksonville, Fl
Posts: 11
Default

Windows Fogged Up


First I want to thank all who have taken the time to respond.
You are exactly right Ron.....this house was built in 1983. We just moved in a month ago and I'm just now getting to the point of addressing these windows. They are of aluminum construction and seem to be built pretty well save the "fog" issue. I was hoping I could get by for another year or so by taking them apart, cleaning, and re-sealing with silicon and new window spline but after reading the replies from you all, I will probably try just one of them and see how it holds up for about 6 months. Then I will decide if I want to bite the bullet ($) and buy replacement windows. Will keep you guys posted down the road and let you know how it turned out. Thanks again for all the input.

Mike
ozom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 12:22 PM   #8
Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 1
Default

Windows Fogged Up


A previous thread (now closed) had many cases where people were drilling two small holes in the inner glass pain, several reported success. Apparently there were variations in the amount of time for the moisture to disappear, if it did. I saw no mention or questions about using a forced pressure or vacuum. A small aquarium air pump, or even the 1/8" tubing connected to a vacuum cleaner with tape. This would a loose connection with a large leak to avoiding overloading the vacuum. Has anyone tried or considered something like this?

WheelQST is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Comparing Replacement Windows Amycat Windows and Doors 72 05-31-2014 08:56 AM
Replacing Vinyl Windows w/o Nailing Fin irish Building & Construction 1 06-03-2010 10:37 AM
replace anderson windows hobbyguy2002 Remodeling 13 12-06-2009 09:34 PM
Windows XP Mode in Windows 7! poppameth PC Repairs & Upgrades 5 04-28-2009 12:18 PM
How do I install new windows? RickT Carpentry 17 10-12-2006 06:06 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.