Basement egress window - broken glass pane


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Old 01-08-10, 02:01 PM
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Basement egress window - broken glass pane

Hi,

We have one egress window in our basement (term I just learned from this forum!). The window opening is 36.5"H x 31"W. My son was playing with a ball and broke the glass of one of the panes (it has 2 panes and slides).

How do I go about fixing this? Can I use tempered glass so this doesn't happen again?

Thanks!
 
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Old 01-08-10, 02:13 PM
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How you fix it depends entirely on the brand and how it was assembled. Since we can't see your window, you might include some closeup pictures of it, inside and out. Most can be replaced, others need to have the entire sash replaced. The size and thickness of the glass needs to be measured exactly, and yes, for an added cost, you could get tempered glass.

Pictures need to be uploaded to a file sharing site like photobucket, then you can either include them in your post or just include the link.
 
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Old 01-08-10, 02:31 PM
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Thanks!

We just had a dumping of snow here in the Midwest, so outside pix might be hard . But I will remove the cardboard and take some pix.... Thanks!
 
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Old 01-09-10, 04:23 PM
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Most quality manufacturers will replace insulated glass unit (IGU) or the sash under warranty for 20+ yrs. Material only, labor not included, and a sash is usually very easy to replace, IGU usually very difficult.
 
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Old 01-09-10, 07:01 PM
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If the sliding side of a window, remove it and take it in.

Be safe, Gary
 
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Old 05-04-10, 11:36 AM
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Question broken glass in egress window

the whole aluminum unit that slides inside the basement has a broken pane. glass fits into a slot with what appears to be a sealant at the juncture of the glass and aluminum. frame has no screws, each of the corners has a 90 degree flat angle held in place with what appears to be friction(punch indents in aluminum).

seems that replacing the glass could be a problem? is it best to replace the whole unit? the house was built in the 1990's so is it still replaceable? no signs of manufacturer label any where on the window. any suggestions appreciated!
 
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Old 05-04-10, 11:49 AM
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My solution

My house was also built in the 1990s.

I had actually called Home Depot and they were nice enough to point me to our local True Value.

I popped the window out, took it to True Value, and it was done in a few hours! It cost about $25. I regretted waiting months to get it fixed since it was so easy to take care of!
 
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Old 05-04-10, 12:05 PM
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They replaced a double pane window for $25?!!? That seams way too cheap to me. Is this an insulated unit?
 
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Old 05-04-10, 12:30 PM
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And no way an IGU was done in a few hours. That was a simple reglaze.....had ta be....
 
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Old 05-04-10, 12:39 PM
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thanks! hope my local true value does reglazing of the unit too. am i correct in assuming that your window was also aluminum with mitered corners and friction fit corner angles?
 
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Old 05-04-10, 01:05 PM
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Window

I was the original poster of this thread and was just indicating how I was able to fix the broken glass in my case.

It was a basement escape window so nothing very fancy. I'm not sure about all the details, but I just pulled the two chains to pop the entire frame out and took that in to True Value. In my case, it was a sliding window, so they just had to fix one of the panes. I don't know how the pane was actually fixed in the frame (sorry, not a window expert!).
 
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Old 05-04-10, 01:39 PM
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No problem seosmp.....we just get picky sometimes....lol
 
 

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