Remove/replace double pane window


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Old 04-09-06, 03:03 PM
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Remove/replace double pane window

I have vinyl windows, one is fogged between the panes. I want to just replace the pane itself and have been looking at the outside trying to figure out how to remove the existing pane. It looks like the window is pushed in from the outside, then some plastic trim pieces are snapped in. How do I remove these to get the pane out? Any tricks or tips would be greatly appreciated. Also, suggestions on where to go to get replacements would also be welcomed (north Denver area).
 
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Old 04-09-06, 05:08 PM
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jasbro - What type of windows do you have. Are they casement, double hung, etc.?
It sounds like you need to replace the sash. Do you know the manufacturer of your windows? Look for a label on a side jamb. If you can finsd the mfg, you should be able to get a replacement from them along with install instructions.
I have vinyl windows in my garage and sash replacement is simply a matter of popping out a press fit stop, removing and replacing the sash and reinstalling the stop.
 
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Old 04-09-06, 05:25 PM
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You can just replace the Insulating Glass Unit but you must be able to have the exact size, thickness and type of glass. The snap-in moldings are removable by prying them off with a 1" chisel or thin blade screwdriver. (This can be tricky!!) Once they are removed you can get your dimensions. Order the glass unit before removing the bad one. The glass is held in the sash by double side foam tape or silicone which must be cut away to remove the glass. If you have doubts, have a local glass shop do the work.
 
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Old 04-09-06, 07:52 PM
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Everything Johnam said is right on. You could remove the glass and take it right to a glass shop (Harding Glass, Denver Glass, etc) and ask them to make you one just like it.

As Johnam said, use a chisel, insert it into the groove of the glazing stop near a corner, and tap it with a hammer. You have to strike it firmly to get it out, and keep the chisel from slipping to avoid gouging the vinyl. Once you get all 4 glazing stops off, you'll need to cut the 2 faced tape (or silicone). You might bend an old dinner knife at a 45 degree angle, and run it around the opposite side of the glass to cut the glazing tape / silicone. The professional tool that is used is more like a pizza cutter- if you need to, try that instead- again, you may need to bend it at a 45. Once you run around the outside of the glass and cut the glazing loose, the IGU should be free to come out. You can then take it to the glass shop and have them measure it, then bring it back home and reinstall it until such a time as your new glass is ready to be picked up. If you need 2 faced tape, get it from the glass store when you pick up the glass. 1/8" x 1/2" is the most common size used nowadays, IMO.

If this seems too difficult, pop out the whole sash like Wayne said, and take the whole thing to the glass shop. They'll do it for you, but it might take a week or so for them to get it done.
 
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Old 04-09-06, 08:05 PM
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I can't find a manufacturers name or anything on them. They are most likely the cheapest vinyl windows available when the house was built in 2000. It is a two panel window, one is stationary, the second slides left-right. The stationary one is the one that is fogged. Around the outside of the glass, there is a 3/4" wide plastic strip that I can easily lift away from the glass, it appears to be an L shaped piece that maybe snaps into the frame. I do see the foam double-stick tape on the inside. I guess I should just call a glass shop and have them do it, probably isn't worth the hassle to do it myself.
 
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Old 04-14-06, 01:23 PM
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