While the average home-owner has no need for bulletproof glass, we thought it would be interesting to explain the difference between bulletproof glass and conventional glass. The short story and the basic principle of how it works is that bulletproof glass is designed to dissipate the energy of the bullet. Read more
Whether you live in a coastal area or in the Midwest along Tornado Alley; high winds can be a real concern. In both cases you may want to consider installing severe weather window shutters to protect your home from Mother Nature’s wicked wrath. With advanced warning you and your family may have time to evacuate to a safe haven; however your exposed windows will be subjected to flying debris.
For the most part, the shutters installed on homes today are non-functional and added for their aesthetic value only. But if you live in a high-risk area, you should consider severe weather window shutters to protect your home. Read more
Tired of your old front door? Is the old entry door weathered and rotted? Are you ready to change the appearance of your home? Upgrading to a Glass Entry Door can change the entire look of your house. Here are a few Glass Entry Door Installation Tips to help you with your project:
Pre-hung, glass entry doors can be quite heavy. You will need to recruit a friend to help you lift the assembly. Manhandling a pre-hung door is a two man job!
Remove the Old Door:
Carefully remove the old door and surrounding trim. Unscrew the hinges from the door frame and place the old door to the side. Use a pry-bar to remove the old door frame and exterior brick molding trim. Take care not to damage the surrounding siding.
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
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.
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
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
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.
For this step of your project you will need the following tools:
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
Before you start to remove the broken glass from the frame, you need to take a few safety precautions:
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.