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Home Window Repair How To Repair A Broken Window

Dec 27

A broken window isn’t only unsightly, but it can also let cold air into the home and allow water or bugs inside. Fortunately, there are several quick fixes that can help you cover up the crack until you can decide on whether to replace it or not.

Depending on the severity of the damage and where it occurs, you may need to call home window repair. However, with a little bit of time and a few simple materials, you can make the repair yourself and keep your home from feeling drafty until you decide to replace the glass.

First, it’s important to take the proper safety precautions when working with broken glass. Put on a pair of heavy-duty work gloves and eye protection to protect yourself from the sharp shards of glass that can still be present. Then, carefully remove any shattered glass from the area around the frame using a pair of pliers. Finally, clear the area of any remaining shards by using a broom or vacuum cleaner.

Once the area is free of glass and any shards, it’s time to get started with the actual repairs. Start by cleaning up the remaining glass shards on the ground surrounding the frame. Use a pair of work gloves to pick up the large pieces and a broom or shop vacuum for any smaller ones that remain. You can then put a piece of plastic like a trash bag in the window gap to reduce drafts from outside until you can decide on a more permanent solution.

Next, apply some glazing putty to the edges of the window frame to secure the new pane. You can buy putty that is made specifically for windows at your local hardware store, but regular wood glue will also do the trick. Then, lay the new pane in place and press it against the putty to ensure that it is held firmly in place. Once the putty is dry, you can touch up the paint on the frame with some wood filler if needed.

If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, then try filling the crack with transparent shellac or nail polish. This can be a bit more time-consuming than the tape, but it will provide a better aesthetic and also keep out drafts and insects until you can decide on a permanent replacement.

If you’re planning to install a new pane in your window, then you need to remove the old glazing points from the frame first. These tiny fasteners pin the glass into the window frame with metal triangles that are embedded in the wood. You can use a utility knife or a chisel to pry the points from the frame, but this will likely require some effort and a little practice. Once the old putty is removed, lay a new layer of linseed oil on the frame to prevent it from drying out or becoming brittle in the future.