Replacing A Small Glass Pane On Your Own

If you have a wooden window or door that consists of several smaller glass panes, and one of them has a visible crack or break in it, you will want to have it replaced quickly to avoid injury. It is not that difficult to do a glass replacement job on your own with the help of the right tools. Here are some instructions to help you replace a small window pane yourself.

Materials You Will Need

  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Tarp or old sheet
  • Masking tape
  • Hammer
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Mild detergent
  • Bucket of water
  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • New pane of glass
  • Wood putty
  • Friend
  • Utility knife
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

Removing The Broken Glass

Place a tarp or old sheet down on the floor next to the door or window you are repairing. This will help you catch any stray shards of glass. Put on a pair of heavy-duty gloves and some eye protection to help keep yourself safe as you remove the old pane of glass. Tape the broken pane diagonally in both directions, forming the letter "X" with the tape. This will help keep the pieces from shattering and falling in different spots. 

Lightly tap on the broken pane of glass using the handle of a hammer. Pick larger shards out of the frame by hand. Smaller slivers may need to be removed with the help of a pair of needle-nose pliers. Put your shards on the tarp or sheet and roll them inside so you can move them without dropping pieces on the ground.

Placing The New Glass

After you have removed all the old glass, wipe down the window frame before you place the new piece of glass in place. This will help the wood putty to adhere without obstructions or dirt particles getting in the way. Wipe down the interior of the frame with a non-abrasive sponge dipped inside soapy water. Rinse with water after cleansing and allow to dry completely.

Have a local glass shop cut you a new piece of glass to fit into your window or door. Have a friend help you direct the new pane of glass into the frame by holding it while you adhere it into place with putty. Roll a piece of the wood putty in between your fingers to help soften it. Roll it into a cylindrical shape, about the width of a pencil. Push the putty against the edge of the glass so it centers over both the glass and the frame. Use your finger to push it into place. 

Do this with the other three edges and then repeat on the other side of the window or door with the other four edges. Use a utility knife to cut away any extra putty after it hardens. You will then be able to paint the frame to match the rest of your door. 

For further assistance, contact local window repair professionals, such as those from City Window & Glass repair.