If your child was tossing a baseball outdoors and it accidentally struck a multi-paned window in your living room and caused a section of the glass to crack, restore the window's appearance by removing the piece of glass that is damaged and replacing it with a new piece by completing the simple steps below.
- work gloves
- plastic sheeting
- small hammer
- wire brush
- all-purpose cleaning spray
- putty knife
- glass pane
- tube of glazing compound
- caulk gun
- damp sponge
Remove and Dispose of the Glass, and Pull Out the Glazing Points
Put on a pair of work gloves to protect your hands from becoming cut by sharp pieces of glass. Place a large piece of plastic sheeting outdoors, directly under the multi-paned window so that any glass pieces that fall while you are removing the broken pane are collected on the plastic. Go into the living room and strike the glass outward with a small hammer.
If any small pieces of glass remain in the frame, attempt to pull them out with your glove-covered hands and wrap them in an old cloth before disposing of them. Place the tip of a putty knife under the edge of each glazing point that is wedged into the frame to assist with loosening the pieces. Set the points aside until you are ready to install a new glass pane in the frame.
Clean the Interior Frame and Secure the New Pane
Apply an all-purpose cleaning spray to the frame's interior. Use a wire brush to remove any dirt or hardened glazing compound. If the brush does not effectively remove all of the old compound, scrape it loose with a putty knife. Dry the interior frame with a lint-free cloth. Secure a tube of glazing compound to a caulk gun. Place the new glass pane in the frame. Emit a thin, even line of compound around the edge of the pane by squeezing the caulk gun's trigger.
Push the compound deep into the frame's interior with the tip of a putty knife. Remove any excess compound with a damp sponge. Line up each glazing point and secure all of them into the frame by tapping them firmly with a small hammer. Avoid touching the window or cleaning portions of it until the glazing compound has dried. This may take several hours. The window will be restored to the state it was in before the baseball caused damage.
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