IGU Replacement - DIY?????

Old 08-11-07, 03:41 PM
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IGU Replacement - DIY?????

My home (approximately 2 years old) has Weathershield 2000 vinyl windows. Out of the blue, a picture (they call it a stationary casement) window in the family room developed a crack in it from the edge (seal) towards the middle.

I contacted a local authorized dealer about a replacement. The window has been ordered under warranty and they gave me contact information for an installer (they don't perform the actual installation). I will pick up the window when it arrives and transport it to the house. Unfortunately, the installer still hasn't returned my calls so that I can get an idea how much he will charge to do the job.

My question is this. . . can I, realistically, do this job myself? From the investigation I've done so far, it doesn't seem as though there is much to pulling out the old unit and putting the new one in.

Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.
Old 08-11-07, 04:32 PM
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Pulling the old IG from the frame is easy. You will probably have to disassemble the frame to get it apart. Cleaning the frame is important. You will need to reseal the IG into the frame and reassemble it. How big is this unit? If it is large and heavy, DIY may not be the answer. Your installer will bring help to assist in lifting it. IN addition, you may want to consider paying the installer to pick up the IG, as handling them is quite tricky. You can't lay them flat, and he probably has a glass rack on his truck. It also places liability of breakage on him/her.
Old 08-11-07, 05:10 PM
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Just FYI, here's a couple older posts where I mentioned some ways this could be done, in the event they would help. Like Chandler mentioned, there is a big risk when you DIY... breaking the glass being number one on that list.


If they are just sending you the glass, depending on how your window has been glazed, you may need double faced glazing tape, or just some clear silicone. If you're lucky they will send you the whole sash as a unit with the glass already installed in it. But you probably won't be that lucky.

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