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kitefan 09-21-2005 01:07 AM

Temporarily Replacing Double Glazing Unit

I'm going travelling to the states for a couple of months and I'm having a neighbour pop round daily to feed/cuddle my cats... but I'm going to need a cat flap.

I'm in a rented property, so this has to be a temporary installation.

Best way of doing this that I can think of is to remove a smallish (3 foot by 2 foot) sealed unit double glazing pane from one of my kitchen windows and replace it with a thick piece of ply with the catflap installed.

On my return I can then put the glass back in place.

Should this be feasible? I guess the technique for the removal and re-installation of the glass will depend on the type of frame I have. So here's a couple of photos:

Inside bottom left corner.

The edge of the unit.

Outside bottom right corner.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

slickshift 09-21-2005 06:35 AM

I leave glass replacement of those types of windows to a local expert
I usually unhook the window and bring it right down to him
If you were my customer I'd bring it down to him and ask

Maybe you have a local glass guy or gal you could bring it too

kitefan 09-21-2005 09:45 AM

Well, I had a quote from a local guy - told him to go ahead - and he then stopped responding to all further requests. I guess he's decided it's too small a job to bother with :rolleyes:

slickshift 09-21-2005 11:49 AM

Boy he gives up the "switch it back" job on your return also
That's a little short-sighted on his part

As those windows are easily removable and if you could drop it off at someone's shop, and pick it up, it seems like a pretty good gig for someone

My glass guy loves it when I drop off a window repair

Maybe try some other glass places in your area
Meanwhile, maybe a window person will pop in here and have a DIY suggestion

GMW 09-21-2005 12:05 PM

I would remove the sash from the hinges and replace that with a piece of plywood with some sort of stop moulding to hold it in place. You could then install your cat flap there quite easily. Even if the window was reglazable, it seems to me it would probably be quite expensive to do. Hope this helps, good luck. Send pics of what you decided to do.

kitefan 10-04-2005 03:46 AM

It aint pretty, but it works!

I used a extra bit of ply on the inside of the frame with 5 screws into the main piece so that you can't pull the main board out from the outside.

Sealed up around the catflap on the outside with white silicone and did around the glazing bars with clear silicone after a brief and unfriendly encounter with black silicone (see bottom edge on exterior shot).

The ply is painted with two coats of 'self undercoating' exterior all weather gloss.

What do you think?

slickshift 10-04-2005 01:05 PM

It aint pretty, but it works!
Ha ha ha

It aint pretty, but it works!
Hey it looks good from my house
The outside looks great, the silicone was probably a good idea
Well, OK, not the black stuff...
The cat probably won't mind the wood showing on the inside (but you never know with cats do you)
I'd just remember to keep anything within arms reach, out of arms reach before you leave
Maybe remove any handles or window mechs that could possibly be reached by a long skinny arm through that flap

Looks like you worked it out
Good Job!

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