Removing stained glass inside window pane

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Old 01-06-14, 07:38 AM
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Removing stained glass inside window pane

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My front door has some lovely stained glass in between each pane of glass. It is a half moon shaped double pain with the stained glass insert in between. My question.... Can I just replace the glass without having to buy a new door, or, can I heat up the seal, open it up and take it out myself. I doubt I can since i wont get the proper seal and all the air/humidity out but figured id ask. The door looks like this.

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Old 01-06-14, 07:55 AM
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There should be screws covered by caps on the inside. These inserts can be a real pain to remove, seems like one screwhead always strips out.

The 3 panes are a sealed unit, but I have taken one apart. The outer glass was cracked and I wanted to salvage the caned part.

You can buy a replacement insert in any number of plain and fancy styles.

What exactly are you trying to do?
 
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Old 01-06-14, 07:57 AM
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You can't violate the inert gas seal where all this is housed. You can, however, order a new window if you don't like the stained glass effect. Cost may be half that of a new door, not sure, just be aware.
 
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Thanks for the replies!

The wife hates the stained glass look and wants it gone, just looking for a cheap and easy way out. I can get the insert out no problem, already took it out to inspect it. Do you know where I can order a replacement?
 
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Old 01-06-14, 08:17 AM
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If you just want plain glass, it will probably run about $50 or less. We used to order them all the time at HD, but then that was 7 yrs ago, and I knew what I was doing. If they can't do it, any building material store that sells doors should be able to. You might also check if you have a regional door distributor nearby.

Keep the screws! The new glass and frame don't always include them.

Oh...and I know some places would take the glass and plastic frames out of damaged doors to be used for repairs or replacement items...can't hurt to ask.

ODL decorative glass, door glass for exterior doors, front entry doors
 
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thanks Vic, I'll take a trip to HD and see what they say.
 
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