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shonkster 03-11-2009 09:28 PM

Help with replacing some glass
I couldn't see another area to put this message, hope its ok in here....

I've had a quote for some glass that was around $100 direct from the factory.... I went to a glass installer and they wanted $495. Bit of a rip off I reckon when it will probably take them about an hour, at the most two hours...
So I'd like to attempt it myself otherwise I'll never learn :)

Here is where the glass needs to go

Here's a closs up

Hope the quality turns out ok.... Bit of background.
Originally when we bought the house it had ugly orange glass in this spot with designs all over it like the bottom of a coke bottom.
When we renovated, I had various relatives helping out.. of the things that went was that glass, but I don't know who took it out... now I don't know how its supposed to go back. It used to be just laqured wood frame but its been painted white.... all around the outside it still has putty on the frame with the design of the old window imprinted into it.. So first question is... do i have to remove all that putty and repaint it first?

When it comes to putting the glass in.... should I put a line of white silicone all the way around, press the glass onto that, put another line of silicone on the edge of the glass, then get some kind of wood beading to go around it? (then paint at the end).
This is how I think its done, but I'm just not sure.... With the wood beading.... how can I hammer it in place without smashing my glass? Its only going to be a very thin piece about 5mm or so I guess.
Am I on the right track?


Maintenance 6 03-12-2009 06:24 AM

You need to remove all of the putty. A very thin bead of silicone to bed the glass won't hurt. It will stop it from rattling. Set the glass in the frame and install a wooden stop. Cut your stop first and test fit it before you place the glass. Some small finish nails to hold the stop and you're done. A little silicone between the stop and glass won't hurt. Just use a very small bead. You don't want it pushing out around the stop. Place your nails so they don't catch the glass. You need to use either tempered glass or safety sheet in that location.

Just Bill 03-12-2009 06:31 AM

As suggested above, that MUST be tempered or safety glass. Replacing single glazing is not too hard, and can be a DIY jobs for someone with average DIY skills. There is usually a piece of removable molding on one side that holds the glass in place. With that removed(and you may break it), the glass can be replaced fairly easily. A small bead of latex caulk against one edge will keep the glass from rattling.

shonkster 03-12-2009 06:50 AM

I thought I could use silicon all of the way around cause I know once i've chiseled out all the old putty, I'm not going to have a total flat fram that sits up against the glass...

Also I read on the net to use a heat gun to heat up the putty to get it off... (loosens it up a bit easier to get off) do you reckon I could use a hair dryer?? Even though its been painted over would it still be effective?

Maintenance 6 03-12-2009 12:24 PM

Yeah. I would try the hair dryer along with a good sharp wood chisel and some patience. Silicone will work fine. Obviously, you don't need to be weather tight. The silicone will just keep the glass from vibrating if you don't get the stops tight.

shonkster 03-12-2009 05:24 PM

I just had a guy come and give me a quote... he said $200... I'm happy with that so I'll let him do it... if I was saving a few hundred I'd try it myself, might as well let the expert have a go.... he reckons silison will cover up all the putty indentations and doesn't thing it needs to be taken out.... saves me some chiseling time :)

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