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Step 3 Video | Measuring and Cutting Window Glass

Measuring and Cutting Window Glass

Now that you have removed the broken glass and removed the old window glazing, it’s time to measure the frame to determine the size of the new window glass. To provide clear access to the frame, remove the storm window and screen. In some cases the storm window can be removed from inside the home. In any case carefully handle the storm window to avoid breaking any additional window panes.

Measuring and Cutting Window Glass

Once you have removed 100% of the window glazing, place the bare window frame in its closed position before measuring and cutting window glass. For more accurate measurements, it is best to work from outside the home so you can have a clear line of site.

Measure Twice Cut Once

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Broken Window Pane |Remove the Old Window Glazing

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Now that you have cleaned up the broken glass the next step is to remove the old window Glazing.

Video Step 2 | How to Remove the Old Window Glazing

Safety Gear:

Before you start to remove the old window glazing you should find your safety glasses. If you are like the average do-it-yourself Handyman, your safety glasses are probably buried in the back of the tool box. It’s time to fish them out for this project to protect your eyes from flying debris as you chip out and remove the Old Window Glazing.

Tools Required:

For this step of your project you will need the following tools:

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Broken Window Pane Replacement Video

broken window pane replacement

Watch the following video to learn the step by step procedure for broken window pane replacement. Be sure to watch the entire video series including Video Step 2: Removing the Old Window Glazing, Video Step 3: Measuring and Cutting the Window Glass, and Video Step 4: Window Glazing.

Broken Window Pane Replacement Video

Safety First

Before you start to remove the broken glass from the frame, you need to take a few safety precautions:

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Double Hung Window Balance Assembly Repair

Having trouble keeping your double hung windows open? Do you find yourself propping up the window sash with a stick? The problem may be related to your window balance assembly. If the problem is prevalent on all of your double hung windows it may be time to install new replacement windows throughout your home. If the issue is isolated to just one or two windows you may want to consider a window balance assembly repair or replacement.

The easy part of the repair is removing the broken window balance assembly and installing the new components. The more challenging aspect of the balance assembly repair is identifying the style of the balance so you can purchase the correct parts to complete the repair.

Identifying the Window Balance Assembly Type

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Adding Basement Windows to Your Home

basement windows

Converting your basement to a finished living space will greatly increase the overall living area of your home and also increase the market value of your property. Adding basement windows to your home will be an important step in this home makeover project.

While you may be quite capable of performing the interior work yourself, the major work of adding basement windows should be left up to a professional contractor. A reputable window contractor will inspect the structure prior to performing any work and will obtain the proper building permits, if required.

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The Anatomy of a Double Hung Window

Double Hung Window Parts List

Before you start shopping for replacement double hung windows, you should familiarize yourself with the terminology. With a basic understanding of the components that make up a double hung window you will be able to communicate your needs and preferences to the window repair company more clearly and avoid any confusion.

Double Hung Window Parts ListWindow frames and window sashes of double hung windows can be constructed using a variety of materials including wood, vinyl, aluminum, clad wood, or steel. Refer to the illustration and glossary to learn about the basic anatomy of a double hung window:


The board below the window stool on the interior of the home is referred to as an apron. This piece of trim covers the gap between the window frame and the drywall.


The window casing is the finishing trim that covers the gap between the window frame and the structural framing of the house.

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DIY Instructions for Window Sash Replacement

After a thorough inspection of your home windows you may discover that it’s time to order Window Sash Replacement kits. If you are a skilled handyman you can perform this work yourself. If the project seems a little overwhelming you should hire a professional contractor in the Joliet, Naperville, and Plainfield area to remove your old windows and install a new Window Sash Replacement kit.

Step 1: Window Inspection

The first thing you need to do is inspect your windows to determine if a Window Sash Replacement Kit is all you need or if it’s time to replace the entire window assembly including the window frame and window sill.

Step 2: Measure the Window Opening

Before you purchase or order your new window sash replacement kit, carefully measure the existing sash opening. Measure the distance from Jamb to Jamb to determine the width. To measure the height; you will need to open the bottom sash and measure from the point where the exterior of the lower sash meets the window sill vertically to where the interior of the top sash contacts the window frame.

Step 3: Determine the Window Sill Angle

The standard angle of most window sills is 14 degrees. It is a good idea to confirm this by measuring the window sill angle with a protractor or angle level. You will need all of these measurements when you place your order for new window sash replacement kits.

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How to Build Your Own Replacement Window Screens

Screen Assemble

So you have just moved into your dream home in Naperville or Aurora, the weather is beautiful, and you decide to open your windows and let in the fresh air. Oops, no window screens. This must be one of the things the home inspector should have discovered prior to closing. No worries, you can build your own window screens. Or you can hire a local contractor like WindowRepairGuy.com to build replacement window screens for you.

Step 1:

Carefully measure the inside dimensions of each of the windows in your home to determine the total amount of screen frame material you will need for the project. To calculate the total length of framing required for each individual window add 2 times the height and 2 times the width. Therefore; a 2FT x 3FT window will require a total of 10FT of screen framing, plus scrap. It’s a good idea to make a detailed list of each window size and location as you go to save time later.

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Change the Look of Your House by Adding Window Muntins

Muntin’s vs. Mullion’s

So what is a Window Muntin? First we better set the record straight as there seems to be some confusion as to the difference between a Window Muntin and a Mullion. A window Muntin is the decorative slats that break up a window into smaller panes. These are also known today as window grills or grids. In days-gone-by, Muntins actually served a structural purpose by holding small panes of glass together in a larger window opening. Today however; a Muntin is primarily a decorative accessory.

A mullion is a heavy structural member that separates and supports two larger windows. A mullion is typically found between two double hung windows that are installed side by side. For instance, a smaller room such as a bathroom or small bedroom may have a single window that is 26” wide x 48” tall. A larger living space may have two of these windows adjacent to one another to create a 52” wide x 48” tall window. In the latter case, the structural member between the two double hung windows is called a Mullion.

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Window Boxes – Add a Finishing Touch to Your Replacement Windows

You have just upgraded your home by installing new, replacement windows. Now it’s time to add some finishing touches. What better way to beautify your window installation than to add window boxes and then planting some of your favorite flowers.

Now that spring has arrived, you need to select the flowers that are best suited for your location. You should take into consideration which direction your windows are facing before deciding which flowers to plant. A window on the South side of your home should receive ample sunlight, while a Window Box on the North side of your home will be shady for the majority of the day. Be sure to select flowers that will thrive in these conditions.

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