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Fixing small slide-open glass windows in basement

I've got several small sliding glass windows in my basement. There's one 12x12 that is fixed and then the other slides. The sliding portion is broken. Is there a way to remove the glass or this portion from the window so that I can replace or repair the glass?
 
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What type of material is the sash/frame made of? a pic might be helpful
 
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What's broken - the glass? If so, then it's likely you could just replace the IGU - we do that pretty commonly on our units when one gets broken or loses the seal.
 
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The sash is, I think, aluminum or something like that. The glass is what's broken.
 
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Yes, you could replace just the glass/IGU/whatever it is.
 
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Pictures would help... can't see your window from here. but i think some of those single pane sliders need to be completely removed from the opening in order to get the sash out. you coyld see if there is a track you unscrew to get that sliding sash out. others simply lift upward until the bottom edge of the sliding sash can be tipped inward until the top comes out.
 
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And there is sometimes a screw installed in the top to prevent sliders from being lifted out.
 
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I'll have to check tonight. Where do I take something like that to repair the glass?
 
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Look up glass shops in the phone book - they're around, you just haven't noticed them because you never needed one before now.
 
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Ok, well I went and checked, and I was wrong. It was not the part that moves, it's the part that is fixed. Any ideas on how to get that portion of the glass out for repair?
 
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Sort of the same way normally. Should be some screws or brackets holding it in. Remove those and loosen any grunge or cut any caulk, slide it to the middle of the opening, lift and tilt.
 
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I see. Where are these screws located? I don't see them. The pane seems pretty fixed in there. I'll try to snap a photo a little later.
 
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There may or may not be screws. Some have a bracket that snaps in, some (as mentioned) you almost need to take the frame apart. Some don't have anything and are just held by the latch against the other window. Years of crud and gunk can stick them pretty good.
 
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I went back down and tried to find some form of release. I don't really see anything there. The lip outside is metal. There is this plastic lip on the inside but I don't see a place to remove anything. Here is a picture. Is there a way to remove the glass?
 
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A closeup of the glass edge, please. Inside and out.
 
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Ok. Here's some shots. I don't see a way to get the glass out. That's dirt on the other side BTW. It rained here.
 
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The interior side of the window has the glazing strip. I believe it pushes into a kerf in the perimeter of the frame. Remove the tape and cardboard, and remove a small piece of broken glass. You should then be able to see that the exterior is solid aluminum (glass is probably glued to the outer part of the frame) while the inner side of the glass is held by a small removable strip.

You usually have to be really careful removing these or they will break. I'd recommend a very thin (thickness) putty knife, maybe like what you'd use to spot drywall nails. If you happen to break it, its not the end of the world since you can just silicone a new piece of glass in there and it won't fall out anytime soon.
 
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How do I get this glazing strip out and replace it?
 
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The safest way would probably be to finish breaking the glass out... remove the broken bits... then those pieces should come out without much trouble. I just can't recall if they wrap around the glass completely.
 
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That's why i suggested you look at the edge where the glass is already broken and missing. you should be able to figure it out by looking at it in that area where the glass has already been pulled out of the edge.
 
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Yeah. I managed to get this plastic strip out, and it looks like it's held in with grey caulk on the other side. Came out with a heat gun pretty easily.
 
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Nice job. trying to save and reuse old parts is usually quite difficult.
 
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Where can I get that strip material?
 
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