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Re: damaged window pane in french door

Posted By: Roger
Tuesday, 26 September 2000, at 6:12 a.m.

In Response To: damaged window pane in french door (Shell)

Shell ------ French doors usually are individual panes of glass contained in a wood frame and separated by muntin bars. The panes(on interior doors) are held in place by moldings(or stickings) on one side of the door. These pieces of molding(4 per pane) are usually nailed in place with small brads. Use a putty knife or thin bar, and a hammer, to carefully pry out or remove each piece, then replace the glass and renail the the molding back where they came from. I usually try to force the knife between the glass and the molding to push the molding straight out from the door. On exterior French doors the panes would be stopped in using glazing compound or putty on the outside face of the door. Again, use a putty knife and small hammer, to chip out the hardened putty(and the small metal glazing points, if used) replace the glass and reputty the opening. Try stained glass shops for similiar looking glass panes. Good luck, Roger

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