Any kid with a ball or rock can show you how to bust out a window. But there are some tips to safely remove glass from an old window.
So you have an old window you want to use for a project. Maybe it has a broken or cracked pane. Or you just want to remove the old glass to make it lighter and easier to hang. Like most projects, prep is key. Make sure you have the right tools and equipment on hand. Here's the short list:
1. Trash can with heavy-duty plastic liner to catch the glass shards.
2. A piece of plastic (bubble wrap works great) to lay over the glass.
3. A hammer (for the obvious reasons).
4. A pair of needle-nosed pliers
5. Safety glasses and gloves with heavy-duty rubberized coating
If you've got everything on hand, you're ready to go to begin. Here's a super-short video tutorial we did to show you how.
Once you've loosened and removed all the glass, DON'T run your fingers around the rim. Use run your pliers around the edges to find any triangle shaped (and razor-sharp) metal glazier's points. These are often covered by old glazing compound. Use the pliers to wiggle them loose and discard them with the glass.
Once all the old glass, glazing, and glazier's points are removed, you can prepare your piece to use: sand it and repaint, or seal it with a clear sealer to prevent the old paint from flaking off. Use D-rings or sawtooth-style hangers so it can be hung anywhere. So what are you waiting for? Grab that window and tools and get it ready for your next project!
WHO WRITES THIS STUFF?
I'm Terry Lea, owner of Re-Invintage Home, a vintage home goods shop just south of Nashville in Murfreesboro, TN. A lifelong passion for vintage picking led me to open a shop with my picking pal, Sherri in 2017. Come see us!