How to Fix a Broken Window at Home


If you or someone else has broken a window in your house, it is important to get it fixed as soon as possible, as not only is a broken window dangerous, it's also a big security concern. On top of that, having a broken window can cause damage to the structure of the window.

It's best to depend on a professional in these circumstances, but, if you decide to go it alone, here are some things that you need to consider and pay attention to so that you don't end up with an even bigger disaster.

Before you start any work, be sure that your hands are well protected by wearing thick safety gloves, and be sure to keep them on for the duration of the task. 

  • If there is still splintered glass in the frame, you need to be very cautious when removing it. Wrap the splintered pieces in a blanket before giving the area a thorough sweeping and vacuuming.
  • If there are still pieces of glass in the window, use a utility knife or a chisel and remove any old glazing, putty or metal fasteners from around the broken pane.  If the putty is really stuck on, you may need to use a little heat to soften it so that it will pull away easily. Once all the glass is out, wrap it in a blanket.
  • Next, measure the space with a tape measure. You need the exact dimensions of the opening in order to size the piece of glass you'll need. It's best to get your new glass cut at a home improvement or hardware store. You could use a glass cutter and do it yourself, but it's less risky to leave the job to a pro.
  • If your frame is made of wood, give any bare wood a good clean, and then add primer.  Leave it to dry well.
  • Take your new glass and place it in the opening, holding it in place using glazier's points (also available at your local hardware store) while you install it in the window frame. 
  • Add glazing putty around the window to form a seal that will keep the glass in place. Use a putty knife to smooth out the putty so that no marks are left behind.
  • After the putty has dried completely (it's best to give it a few days), prime it and then paint over it.

Et voilĂ , you have a brand-new window! If you are at all unsure about the process or feel a little intimidated by all the steps, it's best to leave the job in the hands of a professional who knows exactly what they are doing. 


22 March 2017

Locks, Keys and Safe: Updates on Crime and Hacks

Hi, my name is Max. I have been around the locksmith industry since I was a little kid, and as I got older, I begin investigating crime and hackers. In order to have the safest and most secure locks and safes, you need to know what criminals and hackers are doing. You need to know about the threats so you can identify the best ways to secure your home and office. In this blog, I plan to explore facts, news and cutting edge research about locks, keys and safes. I also plan to look at the dark side of things and discuss how criminals and hackers are currently getting past security. Ultimately, I hope this info helps lead you to the safest locks.