Welcome to the DoItYourself Forums!

To post questions, help other DIYers and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our DIY community. It's free!

IGU replacement in Aluminum window frame

Gardenpath's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 17

09-14-11, 03:33 PM   #1  
IGU replacement in Aluminum window frame

I have a failed IGU (insulated glass unit - dual pane) in an older aluminum window. I have another good IGU (from a spare old frame) that I wish to substitute for the failed unit.

When I try to separate the IGU from the frame it is stuck to it by a black sealant. I tried using a breakoff knife and putty knife but they don't work.

Without breaking the IGU, what is the best way to release the glass unit from the aluminum frame?

Last edited by Gardenpath; 09-14-11 at 03:58 PM.
Sponsored Links
XSleeper's Avatar
Group Moderator

Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 19,338

09-14-11, 03:45 PM   #2  
graziers use a thin glazing tool, but maybe you could use a linoleum knife, paring knife or even a cheap pizza cutter bent at an angle. heating the perimeter with a torch might help soften up hard glazing too... but too much heat can break glass so be careful. you would obviously remove the glazing strips [stops] to give the glass room to move away from the glazing. often the glass breaks despite your most careful efforts so dont be suprised and lay down a dropcloth just in case. if the old igu is shot anyway dont try too hard to save it.

johnam's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2000
Posts: 1,915

09-15-11, 04:34 AM   #3  
After doing all this work, you may find that the insulating glass unit may fail in a shot time since it was made at the same time as the other. Buy a new one which comes with a guarantee.

Search this Thread