Author Topic: Replacing widows  (Read 3168 times)

HeidiO

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Replacing widows
« on: March 14, 2012, 10:44:54 AM »
I just got all new, beautiful windows installed on my house.  And of course, my kiddo broke 1.  My handyman installed it, so no warranty.  When it was single-paned and it broke I just ran to the glass shop and did it myself.  Can you replace the panes in a double-paned modern window?  I have stucco so replacing the whole window is a pane (haha.)

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Re: Replacing widows
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2012, 11:19:29 AM »
Replacing window glass yourself would be a bit of a pane, but stile, it's doable. I've tried to find out prices before, and I didn't find anything online, so start with the phone book and call around to glass companies and see if they'll sill you replacement glass in your size directly. I don't think it would be that expensive, so I would just hire it out unless I were in a jamb. I wouldn't be able to do a great job myself, but I guess it would be better than muntin. Just my own preference, but I would save up some sash for the job just in casing some other emergency comes along.

Our upstairs neighbors had some replaced, so I know it can be done.

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Re: Replacing widows
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2012, 11:54:28 AM »
The typo in the title of this topic is hiliarious.  When I read "replacing widows" I was a little appalled ...
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Re: Replacing widows
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2012, 12:44:26 PM »
If you can figure out how to remove the glass from the frame and measure it, you can just goto a glass shop and order it just like you would a standard piece of glass.  The only difference is it takes a little longer to get and you must specify the thickness.  Other than that it is darn simple to do.  Take the project on as a leaning experience...  I am sure another one is going to get broken sooner or later and doing it yourself is going to save a lot of money over time.  Just call a glass shop to get a  price quote over the phone.

HeidiO

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Re: Replacing widows
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2012, 03:17:47 AM »
Oops - sorry about the title. 
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Re: Replacing widows
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2012, 03:26:42 AM »
The point wasn't how to buy new glass - I've done that before.  Modern double paned windows (at least mine) seem to have the glass inside the vinyl and they look all glued or caulked together.  But I am very appreciative that people took their time to try to help me.
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Re: Replacing widows
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2012, 07:36:27 AM »
You would buy a double-pane replacement glass unit. While you can do this, I've read that it's a real pain to get the old one out and put the new one in, at least for vinyl windows.

If you hire this out, please let me know how much it cost you. We have a couple of cracked panes that we've left in because they're in the pantry and bathroom. We'll need to do it eventually, though.