Everything can require replacement – from the window frame and latch to the glass itself. Replacing a whole window glass is quite difficult.
How to replace broken glass in a window?
Before you start residential or commercial glass repair, it is best to remove the frame from the hinges and change the glass by placing the frame on the table. If the frame cannot be removed, you need to take care of safety. If the glass is badly damaged, you need to fasten the fragments together with adhesive tape or electrical tape.
Old putty can be removed with a chisel, and small fragments are removed in the same way. The frame must then be thoroughly rinsed and painted. If the frame is new, it must be covered with a layer of drying oil.
If you can’t find the right size glass for home window glass repair in Chicago, you can buy a slightly larger one and then cut it to size. To do this, the glass should be placed on a flat horizontal surface and cut off the unnecessary part with a glass cutter (using a ruler or electrical tape). If it is not possible to make an incision on the glass, soak the glass cutter in kerosene. Having achieved that a thin colorless line forms on the glass, you need to try to break off the glass. You can use pliers to help. Having cut the glass of the desired size, you should put it on the table so as not to accidentally step on it.
Before inserting a new glass into the frame, it is necessary to apply a layer of putty (about 2-3 mm) on the surface of the folds. You can buy putty at a window glass company in Chicago or make your own putty. To do this, mix 1.5 kg of ground chalk and 30 ml of linseed oil or linseed drying oil. The resulting mixture must be put on a smooth surface and rolled out with a rolling pin until it becomes more plastic and stops sticking to your hands.
Then you need to carefully insert the glass into the window opening on the flange so that the layer of putty is evenly distributed over the folds. After that, it is necessary to cover the remaining gaps with fresh putty. For convenience, you can use a chisel or spatula. The gap between the glass and the frame should be approximately 2 mm. Putty can be replaced with a rubber tube with a diameter of 6-8 mm. To do this, the tube should be cut lengthwise and put on the edge of the glass.
If during the glass repair Chicago you coated the glass too tightly, the glass may crack when the temperature changes. After that, you should carefully examine the condition of the putty around the entire perimeter of the window. In places where cracks have appeared, the putty must be carefully removed with a knife and replaced with a new one.
A quick temporary window or sliding glass door repair can be done. To do this, you will need several pieces of thin wire and small buttons.
A piece of wire must be bent into the shape of a hairpin and inserted both ends into the holes of the button. After that, they should be passed through the crack in the glass at the place of the split. On the other side of the glass, a button should also be put on the wire and twisted tightly so that it does not fly off. Thus, the width of the glass crack will be reduced and it can still last for some time.