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Learning From Home Renovations

Although I am not a professional contractor, I have worked with more than a few during my 40 years as a homeowner. In fact, I have had 3 kitchens, 7 bathrooms, and 2 master bedrooms renovated over the years. Because some of the experiences were a breeze, I found myself addicted to customizing my homes. If you are thinking about getting a little work done on your home, it is a good idea to learn as much about construction as you can. After all, how will you choose a new garage door opener if you aren't familiar with the different types? Understanding the materials and how to choose a contractor might streamline your renovation.

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Let An Expert Repair Your Stained Glass Window

Stained glass windows are a beautiful addition to your house. They can add a very decorative and individual touch. You can have a stained glass window custom made so that it fits into your home decor. While these windows are beautiful, like all glass, sometimes things break. A piece of glass in your stained glass window can get broken. It won't necessarily damage the entire window, but it can really affect the look of the window.

If something does happen and part of your window breaks, you shouldn't try to replace it yourself. Find an expert who will be able to come in and do it the right way so that your stained glass window is brought back to its former beauty. 

The Construction of Stained Glass Windows

These windows are made out of several pieces of colored glass that are connected together by a kind of solder. The solder makes a solid connection between the pieces of glass so that they will stay where they are placed. The glass pieces can range from very small to quite large, depending on the design of your window. 

Stained Glass Window Repair

You may be curious as to how the repair person is going to repair your stained glass window. It needs to be done in a particular way so that the rest of the window doesn't get damaged. 

The first thing the repair person is going to do is take the window out of the frame. This needs to be done because the repair can't be done while the window is vertical. The solder work has to be done with the window laying down because the glass piece will need to set in the rest of the design just so. 

After the repair person takes the window out of the frame, they will make sure that all the existing putty has been scraped out of the frame. It needs to be removed because it won't work to hold the window in when it is repaired. They will also make sure that the space is covered, if the repair is going to take a few days. That could happen if there is a lot of glass to be repaired, or it is an odd color or style.

The repair person will trace the area that is broken so that they can make sure that the replacement piece is the right size and shape. Then they will take out any remaining glass. One way to do that is to melt the old solder holding the glass in. That has to be done anyway to put in the new piece of glass. 

After the glass is taken out, they will be able to place the new piece of colored glass in the right spot and solder it firmly back into place. When it is firmly in place, the repair person will be able to put your window back into place. 

If you have a stained glass window in your house that you love, you want it to be replaced the right way when it gets broken. Have an expert come in to do it for you.  (For more information on glass replacement, contact Ryan's All-Glass)