by April Reinhardt
(last updated February 8, 2016)
Replacing a broken window yourself instead of paying a professional to do it can save you quite a bit of money. However, replacing a broken window is time-consuming, and can be tricky. Before you begin, make sure that you have everything you need. That list might include:
Replacing a window involves removing broken glass, preparing the new window glass, installing the new glass, and then completing the task with last steps. Follow these steps to replace a window:
Allow the compound to cure for a few hours, and then paint it. You can make sure that the window is well sealed by painting the compound and the surrounding glass a fraction of an inch. Use a razor blade to remove any stray paint from the new glass. You can also use putty instead of glazing compound when replacing a new window. When you paint your new window, make sure that you use at least two coats of paint on the pane that faces the outside. If you are replacing a very large window, remove the entire sash from the wall and work with it laying flat. Make sure that you wear heavy work gloves when working with broken glass, and have a box of bandages handy just in case you get cut. If you're working with a large window, have someone work with you to help you maneuver it, to be able to help if you get cut, and to hold a ladder if you are replacing glass in a high window.
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