Tim Carter, of AsktheBuilder.com, demonstrates how to remove insulated glass panels from either side of a front door.
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The insulated glass panel on the side of this front door has gone bad. Does that mean now that we have to replace the entire front door unit to make it look good again? The answer is no because you can in this instance take out this insulated glass. The same is sometimes true for windows, but the good news is for me on this particular job. We can get this glass out with just a little bit of effort. The trick to taking out the glass is to remove the small pieces stop molding that is right here that holds the edge of the glass in place and this particular molding is very small and thin and fragile.
I prefer to use a flexible putty knife that has a nice lightweight blade and then a lightweight hammer to tap the putty knife wood. And you have to put it at a slight angle to the glass and actually drive that blade underneath the piece of wood trim. There is some putty and sealant there that the knife had to cut through.
Once the wood strips are out of the way, that only thing that is usually holding the glass in place are some small staples or nails that were put through the actual wood molding. And right here, you can barely see them, but you have to be careful pulling them out. I like to use a needle-nose pliers, it does a great job.
Once the pieces of wood are out of the way, you can see the piece of glass. That is important because you got to get the right measurements before you order your new one. So you simply take the measurements, leave the old glass in place and wait for your new glass to be delivered. Once you have it, you are ready to do everything you just did, but do it backwards and you have got new insulated glass.
I am Tim Carter, Glass the Builder.
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