When replacing a broken or cracked glass window pane in your home, be sure to wear protective gloves. Here are our instructions for replacing damaged window panes:

  1. Use a utility knife, scraper, chisel, or 5-in-1 painter’s tool to remove the old glazing and metal fasteners around the broken pane.
  2. Carefully remove the broken pieces of glass.
  3. Measure the opening for the glass, and subtract 1/8” from the height and width for an easy fit.
  4. Cut the glass using a straight edge and glass cutter, or have it cut for you at a home center or hardware store.
  5. Clean and prime the bare wood around the window and allow to dry.
  6. Set the glass pane in the opening.
  7. Hold the glass in place with push or glazier’s points pressed into the frame on each side of the frame.
  8. Fill the opening between glass and frame with glazing putty.
  9. Allow the putty to dry before priming and painting over it.

Watch the video above to find out more.

If you want to learn more about fixing broken windows, we recommend you view our in-depth video that provides a guide for replacing broken window panes.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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