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How To Fix A Broken Window

How to repair a cracked window all by yourself

You are having a relaxing Sunday afternoon at home, but then your son hits a baseball through your front window.  Glass is everywhere, and now you have to worry about an expensive repair.  Lucky for you there are simple steps to replace your window.  You don’t even have to be an experienced handyman!

Remove Glass and Chisel

For this first step, it is crucial to wear protective gloves because you will be working with glass shards.  The glass window pane is held in place by a glazing compound and fasteners.  Take a utility knife or a chisel and remove the glazing around the broken pane.  Then carefully dispose of all the broken glass and scrape down that section of the wooden pane with the same tool from before.  

Measure and Cut

Next, you have to measure the window opening all the way to the outside edges.  Make sure to subtract ⅛’’ from the height and width for a perfect fit.  To cut the new glass pane, you can either do it yourself or have it cut a by a professional at a hardware store.  If cutting it yourself, place it on glass cutter along a straightedge.  Mark the areas for the cutting line with a marker and make one smooth cut along the straightedge.  

Insert and Glaze

Once the wood around the window is cleaned and primed, it is time insert your new glass pane.  Place the pane in the opening and hold it in place with two glazier points on each side of the frame for a total of 8 points.  Next, fill the space in between the glass and frame with glazing putty.  You can force the putty in the spaces with a utility knife or chisel.  Allow the putty to dry and then paint over it with the wood-exterior paint of your choice.  Now you have newly fixed window thanks to your hard work!

Contact Phil DiBello Family Roofing For a New Window Today!

Since 1979, Phil DiBello Family Roofing has been proudly installing roofs, siding, gutters for homeowners in Baltimore, Harford, Carroll, Anne Arundel and Howard Counties. Call us today at 410-752-ROOF (7663) or email us at info@phildibelloroofing.com for your free estimate and let us know how our family and make your family’s home needs our top priority!


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1440 East Clement Street Baltimore, Maryland 21230


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