The inside panel (inside the house) was replaced by a couple of diy relatives a few years ago after it was broken. Now, the outside panel has broken (large metal handle of snow scoop fell against it and barely missed taking out the inside panel too) and we are wondering if because of the extreme temps and snow now here, if the same effort taken to repair the indoor panel will be worth the repair of the outside panel.
This is a very large panel, roughly 7 feet high x 4 feet wide, at around 1/8 inch thick. The 2 frosted panels are separated all around the frame by ~ 2"s of inner wood frame/space and there is no special gas or airlock between the panels. The outer wooden frame of the panel has various sizes due to its proximity to the front door, ie, the vertical frame closest to the front door is slimmer, and the other vertical frame closest to the rest of the front porch is wider.
Has any d-i-y'er out there successfully replaced one of these big panels in the frigid temps? I was also wondering about the putty to be used, if it would freeze. Are there any other special steps to take? I do vaguely remember helping out with the repair of the first panel, but it's a distant memory, and I can't remember what the start to finish procedure was. The price to buy the new glass panel is $150 and another $200 (cheapest estimate!) to place it in if you want the pro labour included.