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Glass Block Basement Window Installation Tips

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If you need to replace your old, single-pane basement windows consider upgrading to Glass Block windows. Glass Blocks are weather-tight, maintenance-free, and are very energy efficient. With an R-Value of up to 2.0 glass blocks will help to keep your basement warm in the winter, an important consideration for those of us living in Illinois and other northern states.

Follow These Basement Window Installation Tips

Clear the Window Opening

Remove the old window being careful not to break the glass to avoid injury. Using a pry-bar or wrecking bar remove the old window jamb. You may need to use a saw to cut the wood at the four corners for a clean demo. Remove the window sill, the side jambs, and the head jamb. Using a hammer and chisel chip away at any remaining mortar and/or wood that may be left behind. Read more

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Step 4 Video | Window Glazing Tips

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Window Glazing Tips | Secure the Glass Window Pane

Carefully place the new glass into to the window frame. Gently tap triangle glazing points to secure the glass. You can push the glazing points into the wood with your putty knife and then carefully tap them with a small hammer until they are below the height of the inner wood frame. Install 2 on top, 2 on bottom, and 1 on each side of the replacement window pane.

Window Glazing Tips | Apply the Glazing

Purchase high-quality glazing from your local hardware store. Use fresh glazing every time. Older, previously opened tubs of glazing may not stick very well and may not be malleable enough to shape properly.

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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

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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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Adding Basement Windows to Your Home

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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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