Sometimes there are situations in life when you are faced with a very very unusual problem, for example, how to remove a glass unit from a frame. And unfortunately, you will not have any special tools at hand, so you will have to use the available tools to cope with the task.
But first, you need to understand how the glass pack is held in the window frame. As when fixing the glass in the old wooden frames, the glass packet is held with the help of beadings. They are also made of PVC and beadings are inserted into the frame in the plane of the glass, and not perpendicular to it, as it may seem at first glance. Pay attention to this point, because otherwise when you remove them you will damage the window and have to be changed.
Extract the glass unit with an ax
Removing with improvised tools
If the glass unit has a large area, remove it should only be done with a partner whose task will be to insure the glass unit from falling while you remove the beadings.
Removing the bead with a spatula
You can remove the glass unit using another similar tool - a wide durable spatula or a chisel with a rubber hammer. However, if your frames are made of hard plastic, only the special tool “window workers” or the ax can cope with the task (we spoke about it earlier).
Why remove double-glazed window
The most common reason for removing a double-glazed window it becomes damaged. And although at first glance it seems that such double glass is very durable, in fact, the glass unit is quite fragile. In addition to external damage to the glass (that is, when it is broken by an object, throwing it into it), there may also be internal damage, when it ceases to be airtight, freezes or fogs up.
The second reason for removing a glass unit is that it simply cannot cope with its function of keeping cold (or hot) air, as well as street noise outside the room.
If one glass is damaged in a glass unit, then the entire glass unit is usually replaced. The only exceptions are situations when the whole glass in a glass unit is unique, for example, it has a stained-glass painting that you would not like to lose. In this case, the extracted glass unit should be taken to the appropriate workshop, where only damaged glass will be replaced.
Replacing the glazing in a wooden window
If the glazing to be removed located in a wooden window, then you need to know that under the beadings it is additionally retained with the help of silicone. Therefore, removing the beadings, silicone, you have to carefully cut off, holding the glass from falling (for this, it is better to bring an assistant to work).
Beadings in this case will also be made of wood, like the main frame of the window, so you should remove them carefully, taking care not to damage them. They are attached to the frame with special pins, which are quite difficult to remove without special tools.
So if you have the opportunity to entrust the work of extracting the glass from the wooden window to the professionals, it is better to do it and do not risk damaging your window.
How to remove a glass unit with an ax, see below: