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Don't let windows be a pane.

The football season has started again - and the nation's windows are in grave danger.

Take a football, a small boy and a dream of being David Ginola and you have a dangerous cocktail, which often ends with glass flying in all directions when a wild kick heads towards the house.

DIY enthusiasts with children have to know how to replace a pane of glass - the chances are it will need doing several times while active kids are growing up.

Although it is not necessarily the most difficult job to tackle it can be the most dangerous. Broken glass is potentially lethal and it is vital to take every precaution when you handle razor sharp fragments of the old window.

Use leather gloves and safety glasses and be prepared to be very tidy, sweeping up frequently with a dustpan and brush.

Start by laying newspapers on the ground under the window both inside and outside the house. Use a glass cutter to score around the glass, as close to the putty as you can.

Tap the glass with a hammer to break off the remnants of the pane. Try to keep the broken pieces as large as possible.

Gather together the pieces and wrap them in thick layers of newspaper so that they can be disposed of safely.

The next task is to remove the old putty, using an old chisel and a hammer. Watch out for the tiny pins - called sprigs - used to hold the old pane in place under the putty and extract them as you find them.

You should now be able to clean out the rebate of old putty and the last pieces of the old pane of glass.

Brush out the rebate and measure it as accurately as you can. Take the measurements to the glass merchant who will advise you on the type of glass you need to re-glaze the window. The bigger the window, the thicker the glass - it may even be a good idea to use safety glass.

While you are buying glass pick up enough putty to install the window.

Mould the putty in your hands to get it soft and easy to work with. Hold a ball of the putty in your hand and squeeze it into the rebate to form a layer about 3mm deep all the way around the window.

Take the pane of glass and press it into the rebate so that it sits into the layer of putty. Do not press too hard and never apply pressure in the middle of the pane.

Fix the glass in place using glazing sprigs, tapped in with the edge of a chisel.

Now you pick up another ball of putty and knead it ready for use. Work your way around the window pressing putty into place to fill the rebate and cover the outer edge of the glass.

Use a putty knife to form a neat triangular finish, taking care to create tidy, mitred corners.

The putty should harden in a couple of weeks, after which you will be able to paint the frame. Overlap the glass with paint by about 3mm to form a watertight seal between the pane and the putty.

If the broken window is a leaded light you should carefully open up the lead strips on the outside of the window and gently remove the glass and old putty.

You will need to buy a replacement pane, either rectangular or diamond-shaped. Cut a template out of stiff card and check that it fits the window opening. Take the card to the glass merchant and have a piece of glass cut to shape.

Press new putty into the lead strips and bed in the new pane of glass. Put some fresh putty in place on top of the new pane before pushing the lead back into place.

A QUICK FIX

QUESTION: How can I make a plain chimney breast more interesting?

ANSWER: Think about opening up the fireplace which was probably bricked up by a previous owner of your home. It could become the warm heart of your living room.

QUESTION: How do I know how much emulsion I will need when I tackle a major painting job?

ANSWER: Measure the height and width of the walls and roughly calculate the area involved. The paint you are intending to buy will indicate how big an area it covers per litre and this should enable you to work out how many tins you should buy.
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Title Annotation:National
Author:Spencer, Richard
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Aug 28, 1999
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