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How to replace window in Stanley Front Door Glass

Old 09-17-21, 06:47 AM
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How to replace window in Stanley Front Door

I have a Stanley Front Door that has a window with two panes. There is a set of blinds between the panes.
The outside pane shattered. It's still contained in the frame, but it sounds like rice crispies crackling.

There are screws on the inside, holding the frame / bezel in place.

I'm pretty sure the door itself is painted steel.

I need to know how to select the correct replacement glass, and what is the best procedure for disassembly and re-assembly.

The numbers on the door sticker are: SwRI I.D. No 98038-05-01 & 28915

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Old 09-17-21, 07:28 AM
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The plastic frame will usually be stuck to the outside of the door with either caulk, two faced tape, or both. So after you remove the screws on the interior half of the frame, you can usually pop off that inside frame. It might be stuck with paint, in which case you would carefully score around it with a utility knife, or tap it with a putty knife.

The glass is stuck to the outside plastic frame, which you also need to remove. You usually need a deglazing knife to do that, it's a specialized tool. CRL makes a good one that looks like a sideways pizza cutter. Once you cut the sealant sticking the outside frame to the door, you can remove the frame and glass toward the outside. Don't remove the glass from the plastic frame, there is no point in that unless you plan on having a new glass made. If you go that route, take the measurements to a glass shop and they can make you one in a week or two. Width x height x thickness of the IGU. (Insulating glass unit)

Replacement is pretty straightforward and is just based on the size of the frame. 24x38 is a pretty common size. You can usually order them through any box store (go to millwork or the pro desk) or city glass shop. You could take a chance it wouldn't arrive broken and order from Amazon or some other online retailer. Just Google replacement door glass, and most of the results will be the kit that comes with the plastic frames and screws.
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Thanks for the reply. I'll see if I can find that deglazing knife. I might see if I can find a plexiglass type of replacement for it. I'd hate to break a big pane of glass while I'm trying to install it. Any strong reason not to? The door is on a porch. That protects it from the strongest sun rays, but this is Florida, USA. It faces northwest.
Old 09-19-21, 06:02 AM
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There is a set of blinds between the panes.
You might want to look into this first.

Most replacement IGU's for windows are about 3/4" thick if this is wider it may take a bit to locate.

Remove one of the frames, get the overall height and width as well as thickness. Take that to your local glass shop to see if it's available and pre order.

Then disassemble and replace!

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