You Can Replace The Glass In Your Patio Door Yourself

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Glass patio doors make it easy for you to get in and out of your house. Generally all you need to do is slide the door open and you can get outside. They also let you watch what's going on outside and let in a lot of light. However, sometimes the glass in your door gets broken. If it does, it's something you can repair yourself as long as you feel comfortable handling a large pane of glass. 

Remove the Trim

The first thing you are going to need to is remove the trim around the glass. The trim is usually just there to disguise where the glass is installed into the door. You will want to keep the trim, so be as gentle as possible. You can use a putty knife to pry it up from underneath as well as from the side of the door. If you do break the trim, you can take the broken piece to your local home improvement store to find a matching replacement. 

Remove Any Putty

Glass putty is usually used around the edges of the window. It helps to hold the window into place. You will need your putty knife to scrape it off so that you scrape as much as possible. You will probably not be able to get it all out, but you should be able to get most of it off the glass. 

Take Out the Glass

Before you take out the glass, you are going to want to make sure that you are safe. Wear some heavy work gloves so that you don't cut your hands. You may also want to wear a long sleeve shirt so that you can protect your arms as well. Eye protection would probably be a good idea as well. The last safety feature you need to have is another person to help you so no more glass gets broken. Make sure you dispose of it safely. 

Get the New Glass

You will need to measure the glass so that you can get the right size glass. Measure both vertically and horizontally. Then you can go to a glass replacement company to get the right size glass. You will want to transport it in a vehicle which will let you lay the glass flat. A pickup truck with some padding in the bed will work really well. Make sure that you have at least one more person to help you carry the glass around. 

Put the New Glass In

You can put the new glass right into the slot of the sliding door, then put some putty around the glass to hold it in. Try to keep it off the glass as much as possible. The final part of replacing the glass is to put the trim back on. Then you can stand back and admire a job that is well done. 

If you don't feel comfortable replacing the glass yourself, you can always call a glass replacement company (such as Jesse's Tri-City Glass & Mirror Inc) to come and do the job for you.

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