My french doors are double-paned. I don't even know if 'pane' is the
right terminology because there are no muttons in the door. It's just
a big sheet of glass -- a quick unofficial measurement is 21 1/2" x
66". The french door is wood, not metal.
I managed to bust the first pane of glass in my door while mowing
today :(. Is this hard to replace? Just looking at the door, it
seems simple. Unhinge door, laying it flat. Pop out the outer
molding, pull out the broken glass, put in a new pane, seal and
replace moulding. Could it be this simple? And would I save much
versus just paying someone to do it?
Thanks for the advice!
if its a sealed glass unit find a local glass shop take the entire
door off its hinges to the shop. they disassemble and install new
sealked glass unit the same day.
not expensive either.'
pittsburgh window and door did my 3 foot by 3 foot picture window for
under 80 bucks.
Well, they have two sheets of glass but don't insulate as well as those
where the air has been replaced with a gas. Another option is a partial
vacuum. All need a dessicant too. Point was and is that OP would be better
off insulation wise by replacing all the glass in the door, not trying to
DIY by replacing just the broken one.
No need to remove the door, but you do have to replace the entire
*unit*, not just the broken pane.
If you DIY, depending on the glass company, you will probably save $75-
$100 for the service calls. (one to measure - one to install)
Note that if you simply buy the glass from a glass company to install
yourself, many or most glass companies will NOT guarantee it. Too easy
to mess it up and lose the seal. You may be able to buy the replacement
assembly, including the plastic frame and decorative grid, from a door
company, if it is a stock common size. (And I do mean door company, not
the big-box.) Switching that is a two-person job, by the way- not
because it is heavy, but because it takes 4 hands. Usual caveats about
door glass needing to be tempered apply, of course.
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