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Broken glass - Aluminum Frame - How to replace?


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10-09-17, 05:53 AM   #1  
Broken glass - Aluminum Frame - How to replace?

Hey all, First time posting here and i'm hoping yall can help me out. I have replaced regular single window panes before however my house has something i'm not familiar with. I really don't know where to start. I accidentally broke the glass and I can clearly see the glass is 1 piece. Where do I start to remove the aluminum to get to the pane and is it 1 big piece or 2 pieces separated between the horizontal piece of aluminum in the middle. Please see photos. Thanks for your help!!

 
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10-09-17, 06:12 AM   #2  
I can't be sure because the pictures are so far away from the exterior glass edge... but I think there is often a glazing strip on the exterior that snaps in... it's the angled piece where the divided lite mullions meet the frame. If you look at the top, there is a tiny hole where the mullions meet the glazing. A dental style pick/hook might be a good way to pull out your first piece... then work your way around the perimeter from there.

 
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10-09-17, 06:47 AM   #3  
Maybe these will help? It almost looks like the glass is pressed on from the inside but I could be wrong? Does that look like glazing to you on the exterior?


 
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10-09-17, 10:51 AM   #4  
I didn't say it was "glazing" but it could be glazing. There is often a removable part, called a "glazing bead", strip, or stop. That usually needs to be removed around the exterior perimeter. It's possible that the mullions are glued to the glass after it is installed, if so they would need to be de-glazed, saved, cleaned up, and sealed to the new glass. The glass is almost always installed from the outside... it is glued to the perimeter of the frame.

If this sort of work is out of your comfort zone, call any commercial glass store, they will have a repairman come do it for you.

 
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