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Preparation for Exchange

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Replacement Process

To replace a single pane of glass in a window by yourself, follow these steps. Be sure to take safety precautions when replacing a window pane.

  1. When replacing a pane of glass in a door, measure the width of the opening beyond the stops that hold it in place. Subtract 1/8 inch to allow for the expansion of the new glass when the temperature changes. To measure the pane of glass you need, use a ruler or yardstick.
  2. Carefully remove the broken glass like windscreen replacement service, pieces and place them on a drop cloth or paper to protect your flooring from being cut or damaged. You may want to use painters’ tape to hold the broken glass together while you remove the pieces, but be careful not to get any of the glass fragments stuck to your gloves or in your hair. Always wear safety goggles and thick work gloves to protect yourself from injury.
  3. To remove the pane, use a razor knife to cut the molding surrounding it. Using a putty knife and taking care not to break the molding, gently pry it from the window.
  4. Replace the molding after you insert the pane of glass.
  5. To install molding, apply a bead of caulk all around the edges of the molding.
  6. Paint the door afterward.

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