a local glass shop can make a replacement unit.
pittsburgh window and door does that here. make appointment take
windoiw in by 9 pick up at 3.
they disassemble the window unit, make and install a new glass unit and
reassemble the entire thing. 3 ft by 3 ft picture window under 70
Not really. Just get them replaced. Replacing the sealed
units is not terribly expensive -- a *lot* cheaper than
I had a bunch of mine done by a local glass shop. They
measured up and came back a week later to install the new
glass. It was quick, painless, and I was totally satisfied
with the materials, installation, and price. No more fog.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
If you are really stuck for cash.......
You can do a hack job that will get you by for another year or two
simply by drilling two or three 3/16" diameter holes through the OUTER
glass pane just above the lower framing. You can buy carbide glass
The fogging will go away in a couple of days.
Not quite as good insulation as a new double pane unit with low thermal
conductivity gas in it, but pretty close.
That will turn your double pane window into the equivalent of a single
pane window with a "storm window" over it. Millions of homes used to get
by with those in the winter before they invented double glazing.
A drilled unit will get "scummy" on the interior after a couple of
years, and AFAIK there's nada you can do to fix that when it happens.
There's a service based in Canada which "repairs" fogged double glazed
windows by drilling them, flushing them out and snapping "dirt filters"
into the drilled holes so the windows can still breathe, but much of the
stuff which causes them to film up gets kept out. I don't think they've
got many US agents yet.
Whatever you do, DON'T try and drill a tempered glass panel like those
found in patio doors unless you want to experience seeing a network of
cracks propogating up it for about one minute while making a crinkling
sound like something out of a horror movie. (DAMHIKT) <G>
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