Replacing A Small Window Pane

If you have a window or door with several small panes of glass and one of them has become shattered, you will need to make a window repair to safely use the opening so the glass does not fall out and injury someone. Replacing a small pane of glass is not that difficult to do on your own using a few basic household tools and materials. Here are some instructions for you to use to replace a small glass window pane on your own.

Materials You Will Need

  • Tarp or old sheet
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • Hammer
  • Masking tape
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Chisel
  • Replacement glass
  • Glass putty
  • Utility knife

Removing The Damaged Pane

Prepare to take out the broken pane of glass by placing a tarp or old sheet on the ground to collect any shards of glass that may fall during the removal process. This will save you from the hassle of needing to sweep or vacuum when you are finished. Put on a pair of heavy-duty gloves to protect your hands from any glass slivers that could cut you while working with the broken glass.

Use masking tape and place it over the broken pane of glass in an "X" pattern. This will help contain some of the glass pieces that are dangling, and it will help keep the mess to a minimum. Then, use the end of a hammer to tap lightly against the pane of glass. Do your best to scoop up the pieces that fall using your gloved hand, and place them on the tarp or sheet. If pieces are embedded in the frame, use needle nose pliers to pluck them out.

Placing The New Pane

Use a chisel to scrape any hardened pieces of putty from the frame. Have a friend help you put in the new pane of glass by holding it in place while you work with glass putty to adhere it in place.

Take a piece of glass putty and roll it around in between your fingers to soften it. Roll the putty out to the length of a side of the frame and position it so half of the width is on the glass and the other half is on the frame. Push it into place using your finger. Do this with all four sides of the glass while your friend holds it in place. Repeat the process on the other side of the window or door. When the putty is hard, use a utility knife to remove any putty that has overlapped too far over the glass.


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