I may need to remove my downstairs double glazed window unit (upvc frame) as
I will be getting some furniture that may not fit through the door! I'm
assuming I CAN remove it, so any tips on how I go about it please?
I have not actually done this myself, but have watched the double glazing
chaps when they come to my home on several occasions.
I would suggest that there are 2 of you when attempting to take the window
out, purely on the grounds of safety.
The beads on the more modern upvc glazing fits from the inside, the older
upvc glazing fits from the outside.
Remove the beads from the centre of the bead length.
Gently push the glazed unit from the opposite side (This is where 2nd person
Replacement is reversal of above.
The unit may be stuck in with sponge double sided adhesive tape, in which
case you will need to cut through the tape with a Stanley knife,or similar
to allow removal. The tape should expand enough to be clearly visible, if
fitted, when the external beads are removed.
Alternatively they may be the older system where the external beads are
locked into place with an internal "rubber" locking bead. In which case you
need to hook out the internal locking strip prior to attempting to remove
the outer plastic beads. An examination will determine which sort you have.
I've had Anglian here a couple of times for warranty work and they always
used good quality paper strippers ground down to about 1.1/2" in width
applied to the centre of the internal (in their case) plastic locking bead,
presumably this procedure would also work with the external variety.
Excellent advice regarding the second person. It doesn't take a very large
double glazing unit to weigh an awful lot of pounds!
Hope this helps.
If it's toughened glass (and large panels should be),
just touching a corner of it on concrete or brickwork
whilst moving it will normally result in the whole thing
shattering -- the edges/corners are very vulnerable when
out of the frame.
Could be tricky if you didn't see the sealed units being fitted in the
frame. Mine are held in by upvc beads on the inside. These beads can be
removed by pushing a sharp flat-bladed scraper into the gap between the bead
and the window frame, preferably in the middle of one of the longer beads.
The scraper needs to be at right angles to the glass so that as the bead
comes out of its groove it bends across the surface of the glass. The beads
are usually a tight fit so care has to be taken not to break the glass.
We recently had a three piece suite delivered, company supplying
assured us they would be able to get it in the house. Terraced house
with a sharp turn into the living room through the front door.
Delivery day I'm at work, wife at home. It won't go in, wife upset,
lots of head scratching. We'll take the window out for a tenner
missus, ten minutes later suite is in, window back in place and
they've earned a couple of pints.
Hate to think what would have happened if they ad broke it
On Fri, 9 Jun 2006 20:08:39 +0100, "Phil Anthropist"
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