home projects using glass panels

home projects using glass panels

Replacing A Small Glass Pane

by Aaron Meyer

If you have a door with several small panes of glass, and one of them has a large crack, you will want to remove and replace this piece before it shatters, possibly injuring someone in the process. Replacing a small pane of glass is a job you may be able to handle on your own with the proper tools. Here are some instructions for you to use to replace a small pane of glass in your door.

Materials You Will Need

  • Old bed sheet or tarp
  • Goggles
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • Masking tape
  • Hammer
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Shop vacuum
  • New pane of glass
  • Glass putty
  • Utility knife
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

Removing The Old Pane

The first step in doing a small window pane replacement is to put on a pair of heavy-duty gloves and safety goggles so that you do not get hurt during the process. Place a tarp or old bed sheet on the floor next to the window so that any glass shards that fall will be contained. 

Place masking tape across the cracked glass pane, diagonally forming an "X". This will help keep glass slivers from falling to the ground when you remove the pane. Use the wooden handle of a hammer to tap on the glass so it breaks free from the frame. Remove the shards by gloved hand and place them on the tarp or sheet. Remove embedded pieces with a pair of needle-nose pliers. When all the shards have been removed, use a shop vacuum attachment to suck up any small slivers you may have missed.

Placing The New Pane

Have a friend help you install the new pane of glass by standing on the opposite side of the door, holding the glass in place as you prepare glass putty to keep it housed in the wood frame. Roll a piece of glass putty around in between your fingers so that it becomes pliable. Roll it into pencil-shape and position it up against one side of the window pane so it covers both the edge of the pane and the edge of the frame. Push the putty into place using your finger.

Repeat on the other three sides of the glass pane. Your friend can now let go of the glass. Go to the opposite side of the door and repeat the procedure on all four sides of the glass. After the glass putty hardens, use a utility knife to cut away any excess putty so the window are appears trim. Repaint the wood around the new window pane. If you do not feel comfortable replacing window glass on your own, contact a company like Commerical Doors City Window & Glass to do the job for you.


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home projects using glass panels

Do you have kitchen cabinets that are still rather sturdy, but aren't quite what you want in your kitchen? If so, maybe it is time for you to contact your local glass distributor. It is quite possible to purchase glass panels for your kitchen cabinets and refinish them yourself. Does this idea interest you? Well, you can learn how to do it and how to do many more things with glass panels in your home on my website. There, you will see a long list of projects that I have completed using glass and some information about how to complete each project.